Sycamore Ridge: Great New Kansas Course

Senior PGA Tour player and native Jayhawk, Jim Colbert, has built another course in his home state. In a partnership with the local engineering firm of Burns & McDonnell, Colbert co-designed (with Baxter Spann) and built Sycamore Ridge Golf Course in Spring Hill. The daily-fee facility off State Highway 160 lies about five miles south of Olathe’s Great Mall of the Great Plains. In a separate venture, Colbert recently designed and built the Colbert Hills Golf Course for Kansas State University in Manhattan.

The grand opening of Sycamore Ridge was held August 25. The course – the state’s third to use the system (the others are Falcon Ridge in Lenexa and Tiffany Greens in Kansas City) – features Global Positioning Satellite technology in its golf carts. The 18-hole facility also boasts a clubhouse, driving range and practice facility.

The course took two years to plan and build. It’s owned by the city of Spring Hill, whose residents receive discounts on green fees. Green fees for residents are $25 Monday through Thursday, and $33 Friday through Sunday; non-residents pay $33 and $40.

The first six holes at Sycamore Ridge are links-like, with wide-open fairways and challenging bunkers. On the seventh hole the challenge stiffens, with water hazards, woodlands, hilly valleys and winding creeks penalizing errant shots. The par-72 track features five tees per hole. The layout extends 7,000 yards from the tips, where it boasts a 150 slope rating. Top holes include the 3rd, a 230-yard par-3, and the 16th, a par-5 that stretches well beyond 600 yards from the back tees.

To schedule a tee time at Sycamore Ridge, call 913/592-5292.