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913 SE 29th St
Topeka, KS  66605-1371
United States
P: (785) 233-5544
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Shawnee Course

18 hole regulation length course

Private golf course

71 par | 6,598 yards | 125 slope

72.4 rating | Rye grass

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Shawnee Golf Course

The 18-hole "Shawnee" course at the GreatLife Golf & Fitness At Shawnee Country Club facility in Topeka, Kansas features 6,598 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 72.4 and it has a slope rating of 125 on Rye grass. Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA, the Shawnee golf course opened in 1915. GreatLife manages this facility, with Ronnie McHenry as the General Manager.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed February 02, 2007

Reviewed June 22, 2006

Donald Ross on the cheap...

Bluegrass fairways and bentgrass greens await you at SCC. The course is short (<6600yds) and plays that way. The greens roll mostly true and the pace of play is just over 4 hours. Membership rates are posted on its website and are very reasonable. Other than Lake Shawnee GC and Topeka CC this is the only viable option for golf in the Topeka area. The membership totals ~300 or so with a good majority above the age of 50 years. The staff is very friendly and alot of effort is being made to supply the members with nice or fine dining options.

The course:
The front is a collection of flatish holes with all hazards easily seen and in front of you. The bunkers are filled with a curious mixture of sand and tiny rock. This is prevalent on the front but the bunkers on the back are mostly sand. The greens are of average size with little undulation and tilt. The easiest hole is the first, a slight dogleg par 4, and the hardest are equally the 7th and the 9th. The 7th is a longer par 3 playing predominately into the wind and the 9th, while also playing into the wind, has the added attraction of forcing a hard fade to the right or climbing the large trees lining the right side. Miss to the left side of the fairway and it will take more than your 3-wood to get there, I promise you. Be careful of the second shot at 9 though, it will play a club shorter...guaranteed.

The back is much more interesting and makes the course a more worthwhile venue of play. Elevation changes, green and bunker complexes that are more severe and a good mixture of length with more flow and character in the routing make this the much more enjoyable experience.

I wouldn't expect much change to the course as it appears that the membership is happy with the state of golf and any revisions or improvements would not be needed in their collective opinions. Sadly, it does need these upgrades to hold its head up high with the rest of the Donald Ross stable of courses.

The course is woman, senior and child friendly making it a viable option for families and those length impaired.

The pool receives much use in the summer.

The course has one putting green and two driving ranges, one short and the other longer to allow wood practice. It allows walking and will provide push carts for a nominal fee.

In closing, I rate the course as average.


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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Linda D. 23 55 32 08/27/13
2 Bob D. N/A 43 43 07/31/12
3 Brandon J. 9 81 72 09/23/07
4 Scott J. 4 77 73 08/12/07
5 Jon N. 8 86 78 09/17/11
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About GreatLife Golf & Fitness At Shawnee

GreatLife Golf & Fitness At Shawnee Country Club

Golf Only facility

Managed by GreatLife

25 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Ronnie McHenry, General Manager
Gary Farrant, Superintendent
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