18-Hole Course Planned for Missouri Town

The owner of 193 acres near the town of Marilla, Mo., is planning to convert his property into an 18-hole golf course. Daniel Handy is the owner of the land, located on Stolle Road, at the end of Eldridge Road. If all goes well, residents in the “Southtowns” area of Missouri will have an upscale public course to play by spring 2006.

Handy has been leasing the land for agricultural purposes for the past eight years, but just recently decided to turn it into a golf course. He promises to build a links-style layout, one “more or less European style. There are not many of them around,” Handy told the St. Louis-based Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion newspaper. He believes there is “a little niche there.”

The as-yet unnamed course will be semiprivate. Handy intends to sell two types of lifetime memberships – one non-transferable and other transferable once. The first membership – good for only one player – will cost $15,000, and include 10% off guest fees, 30% off cart rentals, and 10% off merchandise. The latter membership, priced at $25,000, features the same discounts but allows the member to sell his stock once.

Handy’s golf course was approved at the April 2004 Marilla town meeting, according to Marilla Supervisor John Foss, who’s pleased that the course will provide a new place for employment. Work on the course is set to begin this year or next, depending on the project’s financing.

“We’ve gone through all the permitting stages,” Handy told the Home Companion. The budding golf course developer said that a clubhouse should be built by the fifth year of the club’s operation, with a double-wide trailer serving in the interim.

For more information about Daniel Handy’s new golf course and club memberships, call 314/655-0294 or 314/864-5351.