Getting To Know: Murder Rock Golf Club
An Insightful Interview With Chris Meade, General Manager
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Chris Meade who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
The 12,000 foot clubhouse sits at the highest point in Taney county offering expansive views of the Ozarks. The golf course is played on two different levels, with the front nine played 300 feet below the back nine. The combination of the beauty of the surroundings paired with the condition of the golf course make Murder Rock a true must play when visiting Branson!
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Murder Rock is both challenging and fair to all levels of players... as long as you get on the right set of tee markers. Choose wisely and everyone from a scratch golfer to a beginner will not only enjoy their round but be confident in the fact that they could return and play a few shots better.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
As is the case with any golf course where length is not the only factor you MUST keep the ball in the fairway here. Fairways are generous, but all are surrounded with native areas where a lost ball is almost a given... The greens are big and FAST! Keep the ball on the correct side of the hole or you may visit the pro shop to make a putter purchase.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Having been named to Golfweeks best new courses after opening Murder Rock continues to rank among the states best of places you can play.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Signature hole is the Par 5 14th which is a true risk reward hole. A big tee shot is a must to carry the ravine between the tee boxes and the fairway leaving either a lay up of moderate length or a mid to long iron into a green that is heavily guarded by bunkers and more waste area to the left. Two well struck shots here can often lead to a well earned eagle opportunity!
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is also the most difficult. The Par 4 #18 is 457 uphill with a large fairway bunker guarding the left side and another in the middle of the fairway. A long tee shot can leave you with a mid to short iron into a green that sits well above fairway elevation. This is the largest green on the golf course so there no easy two putts. Make par here and enjoy the almost mile long ride back to the clubhouse... If you are lucky you are finishing late enough to see the beautiful Missouri sunset over the clubhouse...
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The "Daly Special" named after the golf courses namesake is a must have... that is if you have the appetite... or a friend to share it with! Shaved rib-eye grilled then covered with provolone cheese and topped with french fried onion straws served on an 8 inch french roll and served with chips... Finishing this could be the biggest challenge at Murder Rock!
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The course record is 60. Shot by PGA Tour player John Daly. I played with John the day he shot 60... it actually could have been better... What a day it was, I made a twenty footer on 18 to post 64, which by all accounts allowed me to set the course record for about three minutes... until John holed out and carded his 60!
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Murder Rock Golf Club
1250 Golf Club Drive
Hollister, MO, 65672
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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