Review and Rating of Old Kinderhook Golf Course in Camdenton, MO
I can use three words to describe Old Kinderhook – impressive, impressive, impressive. The course is spectacular, the grounds are immaculate, the homes on the property are huge and beautiful, the stay and play lodging is outstanding, and the facilities and amenities are top-notch! Tom Weiskopf designed a masterpiece that is the centerpiece for the 700 acre Old Kinderhook master-planned community. The golf course is renowned for its unsurpassed drama with valleys, waterfalls, hills, trees, lakes, elevation changes, and breathtaking views as it meanders through the rugged Ozark hills. It seems like Tom designed and built a beautiful park and then dropped a golf course in the middle of it, making use of the natural beauty! And it is not surprising that Old Kinderhook is consistently named in Golf Digest’s list of the Top 10 Missouri Golf Courses and is also ranked #1 by Best of the Lake.
Every hole on Old Kinderhook is a joy to play, a little different than the other holes, and is challenging but fair. During your round, you’ll encounter doglegs, elevation changes, swales and 55 bunkers, water on 11 holes, generous fairways, big greens, thick rough, and near-perfect conditions. A little bit of everything that makes golf fun and demanding.
All of the golf holes at Old Kinderhook are awesome but some that we really loved included:
The zoysia fairways at Old Kinderhook vary from tight to wide open let-er-rip. If you miss the fairway, a thick and challenging rough borders both sides of the fairways and can be very challenging. The fairways were in near perfect condition. Some huge beautiful homes sit well back overlooking some of the fairways. The fairways and rough at Old Kinderhook are lush and plush and very well maintained.
The bent grass greens were also in near perfect condition. They range in size from average to large and all of them have some combination of slope, tiers, or undulation. They were running smooth and true and around an 8 to 9 on speed. They are soft and held the ball well.
The 55 bunkers at Old Kinderhook vary from small pot bunkers to big multi-fingered monsters. Some are steep and deep and challenging. 15 of the bunkers have been redone and are in great condition with sand that’s a joy to hit out of. The rest of the bunkers vary from washed out to very thin and heavy sand. Another 15 bunkers will be redone this year and the rest the following year.
Old Kinderhook is home to an excellent stay and play package that includes your choice of golf cottages, patio homes, or villas. During your stay, you can also enjoy the upscale Trophy Room Restaurant for lunch or dinner with a beautiful view of the 15th and 18th fairways or enjoy breakfast and lunch and the bar at the Hook Cafe. In addition, there is a fitness center, pool, tennis courts, a spa, seasonal ice rink or sand volleyball courts, and access to the lake with kayaks and paddleboards.
Rates: $40.00 to $105.00
Service, as you would expect, is first class, the pro shop is well stocked and won “Merchandiser of the Year”, and the practice facilities are very good.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.