New Course Debuts in Independence

In late May 2003, work finished up on Winterstone Golf Course in Independence, Mo. The course occupies 140 acres just east of Missouri Highway 291 and south of Kentucky Road. The par-72, 6,755-yard course was designed by Craig Schreiner.

The course boasts over 100 feet of elevation change and contains a variety of holes. Built by Mid-America Golf and Landscaping, the layout winds over hills on land situated above an underground limestone mine owned by Rocca Processing.

Winterstone will be unique in that a warehouse and office space will be developed within the limestone caves. Approximately 4.5 million square feet of underground warehouse space will be dug out; the storage areas will be linked to nearby Carefree Industrial Park via a tunnel under Interstate 291. The mined limestone will be sold as aggregate.

The facility will begin with a temporary clubhouse; a permanent structure will be built in 2004 or ’05. The course is managed by Heartland Golf Development. In comments to the Blue Springs/Independence Examiner, Winterstone’s general manager John Cannon said the course is fair and accessible, but challenging for those who want a test. “There are no island greens, no tricks,” Cannon said. “Just solid golf holes.”

Green fees are priced from about $45 for weekday play to $50 for weekends, cart included. For more information or a tee time, call 816/257-5755.