Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

As a Private Club, Deer Creek Offers Excellent Course, Value

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

As a Private Club, Deer Creek Offers Excellent Course, Value

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If you play at least six rounds of golf a month and would join a club if you could afford it, consider Deer Creek Golf and Country Club in House Springs.

Deer Creek, a Brooks Carson McCarthy creation, opened in 1989 as a semi-private course and went private in 1991.

Most impressive are the course's well-conditioned zoysia fairways, tees and collars and Pennlinks bentgrass greens.

Deer Creek plays to 6,704 yards from the gold tees, 6,475 yards from the blue tees, 5,865 yards from the whites and 5,059 from the reds. Par is 71.

Some holes play through woods and some around lakes and creeks.

The finishing holes are solid. The 17th is a 190-yard par 3 with trees on the left and a steep drop-off on the right. The elevated 18th tee is fronted by a lake. The fairway slopes sharply. Second shots in many cases will be from a tough uphill or side-hill lie.

The 28,000-square-foot clubhouse offers gourmet and casual dining, banquet rooms, meeting rooms, card rooms, locker rooms and an exercise room.

Monthly memberships are $135 for women and seniors (65), $150 for men under 65 and $185 for family or corporate.

There is no initiation fee, no minimum and no assessments. The club is debt free, which should be of comfort to members.

It all adds up to what just might be the best club bargain in these parts.

For your money, you get unlimited greens fees, swimming pool, tennis, locker, bag storage, handicap service and clubhouse privileges.

Deer Creek is not without its flaws. Most notably, several holes run precariously parallel and you must proceed with caution.

There has been talk that Deer Creek might return to semiprivate status if the membership doesn't reach 350 by next spring. It currently has about 230 members.

Chris Anastasiadis has been general manager since 1991. Jeff Hogge will start on Sept. 1 as head professional. He has been at Norwood Hills Country Club.

Deer Creek was assigned a new U.S. Golf Association slope rating last week, from 127 to 138 from the gold tees. The course rating from the golds is 72.4.

"The new rating puts us among the best courses in the area," Anastasiadis said. "The rating was low starting out. There were some local pro tournaments here, and those players couldn't believe how difficult the course played."

Deer Creek (671-0447) is on Dulin Creek Road in House Springs.

Public Play at Bogey Hills: Bogey Hills Country Club will open to the public on Monday, with proceeds going to the Salvation Army flood relief fund and to a relief fund for local golf professionals who lost jobs when the flood forced the closure of numerous golf facilities.

Dennis Walters, vice president and general manager of Bogey Hills, came up with the idea. The Gateway Section of the PGA joined as co-sponsor.

The cost is $40 per person, including cart. Starting times can be reserved by calling the Gateway PGA office at 991-4994. …

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