Getting To Know: Osage National Golf Resort
An Insightful Interview With Steve Belton, GM
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 Steve Belton 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
Built in 1992 by Arnold Palmer. The course lays in the Osage River Valley. A lot of water and bunkers guard most of the course. The property does have some rolling hills where our Mountain course is built with Trees and many elevated shots. Good for all skill levels with 5 sets of tees.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Very wide landing areas off the tee yet still very challenging. Very scenic views and not a bad hole on the course. Good for novice to the professional.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Play the hole the way it is meant to be played. Taking risk here can cause your score to go high quick.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
3 years running we have been voted best Golf Course in the area. We have a award winning staff as well.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
#8 of our Mountain course is probably the most photographed with a fairly tight tee shot and then a very elevated second shot to the green.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
#4 River course. Long par 3 that is guarded all the way around with trouble. Undulated green makes a par very difficult. There is a bail out on the front left of the green. If you don't have a lot of confidence in your swing, this may be the way to go. Take a bogey and run.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Got to visit for both sometimes. No better place to tell lies about your round. Great view from elevated clubhouse overlooking course.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Payne Stewart in the Michelob Skins game that had Mr. Stewart, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. He shot a 63.
Osage National Golf Resort
400 Osage Hills Rd
Lake Ozark, Missouri, 65049
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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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