Sycamore Ridge Golf Course in Spring Hill, Kan. has one of the longest golf holes in the Kansas City area. Number 16 is a par 4 that measures from 391 yards on the front tee to 600 yards from the black tees. To add trouble to the hole the player hits over a gully to a short landing zone and a second shot over a creek and downhill.
The front nine is designed like a gently rolling links course. The bentgrass fairways and the greens are well kept and the tall natural grass and water makes for trouble on most of the holes.
Number one is an uphill tee shot to a fairway with bunkers on the left. There is a large bunker that runs in front and then along the left side of the green.
Cross over Lone Elm Road for the tee boxes for the second hole. The fairway is uphill and then downhill to the green. There are large fairway bunkers on the left and on the right is a smaller bunker. Closer to the green on the right is a small bunker.
The first par 3 is a dogleg left with tall natural grass to the left of the fairway. The green slants from left to right. Play right to the green to avoid the large deep bunkers on the left.
Number four is an uphill fairway with a slight dogleg right. There is a bunker in reach from the tee, on the left side of the fairway. Close to the green are two large bunkers on the left. On the right are two smaller bunkers.
The par 3 fifth hole is harder than it looks. The tee shot is downhill to a green that slants from front to back. On both sides of the green are large bunkers.
The sixth hole is a tee shot to a fairway that is crossed by four bunkers. After the fairway split there are bunkers on the left and natural grass on the right of the uphill fairway. Two large bunkers are on the left of the fairway near the green. A deep pot bunker sits in front of the green in about the middle.
Cross back over the street to the tee boxes for number seven. The tee shot is to a fairway that doglegs left around a wooded area that continues around the green. Woods are on the right side of the cart path and tall natural grass is to the left of the fairway. A deep bunker is on the front right side of the green.
Number 8 is a par 3 that is uphill from the tee. Three large bunkers are on the left side of the fairway and just short of the green.
The ninth hole is a dogleg right around the pond. The landing area for the tee shot can be narrow depending on the players distance. Red stake hazards run the length of the hole on the right. At the green is a long, deep and narrow bunker. A smaller bunker is on the left front of the green.
Let faster players play through whenever possible.