Osage National Golf Club is home to three excellent nine-hole courses and is currently managed by GreatLIFE, which owns several other golf courses in the US. The original 18 holes, the River and Mountain Courses, opened in 1992 and were designed by Arnold Palmer and they are Missouri's only Arnold Palmer Signature designed golf courses. A third nine, the Links, was added a few years later. The courses, like their names imply, play along the towering bluffs of the Osage River, in the valley with a layout that has a links feel to it, and up into the forest and mountains with dramatic elevation changes.
Each nine is very different from the other nine and each one has its own unique characteristics and personality:
We didn’t have time to play the River Nine but we understand that it’s long (2126 to 3561 yards), has water on 9 holes, 18 bunkers to contend with, and some challenging green complexes
Common to all three courses are superb conditions from tee to cup, some fun and very interesting holes, reasonable rates, very good service, a driving range and putting green, a well-stocked pro shop, and other amenities like a swimming pool, a 20,0000 square foot clubhouse with a full service restaurant and bar, and upscale 2 and 3 bedroom condos for stay and play.
Each nine also has lots of mounding, water on several holes, plenty of bunkers, and some challenging green complexes. All three nines have 6 sets of tee boxes with yardages ranging from 1923 to 3606 yards, which means the course is suitable for all levels of play – easy from the forward tees and very challenging from the tips. Osage National was the site of the Skins Game between golf legends Arnold Palmer, Payne Stewart, Lee Trevino, and Tom Watson and Osage National is rated "Four Stars" by GolfDigest Magazine and typically referred to as "the "Must Play Course at the Lake."
If you plan on playing Osage National Golf Club you should consider taking advantage of their stay and play package which includes some upscale 2 and 3 bedroom condos, several of which overlook the golf course.
The slope/rating is based on playing the River/Mountain Course. Unfortunately, we did not have time to play the River Course.