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Getting To Know: Old Kinderhook

An Insightful Interview With Bob Renken, Executive Director

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 Jen Bachman 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
Old Kinderhook is located in central Missouri on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. The Tom Weiskopf Signature course is a 6,855-yard par 71 featuring zoysia tees and fairways with large bentgrass greens. It is consistently ranked among the top courses in the state and... is breathtakingly beautiful.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
As you drive through the front gate at Old Kinderhook, you feel like you're entering another land...Ireland is a comparison frequently mentioned. Nestled in the Missouri Ozark hills, the course is renowned for its unsurpassed drama: valleys, waterfalls, hills, trees and water hazards, plus its beautiful lake setting. The elevation changes and breathtaking views will thrill you at every hole. But the setting isn't the only attribute worth noting; Old Kinderhook's course conditions are meticulously maintained and consistently in outstanding conditions. Not to mention, Tom Weiskopf designs are typically very player friendly.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
With the speed of our greens, it is always good to keep it below the hole. And...keep it out of the rough!

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
In the September 2012 issue of Golf Magazine, Old Kinderhook was ranked #2 in Missouri for their best selection of "Course's Near You". We are most proud of maintaining impeccable course conditions over the last 2 years despite intense heat and drought conditions.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
#18 - It's a great finishing Par 5 hole; a good risk/reward and an opportunity to make eagle or double depending on how aggressive you play.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
#12 It's a dramatic elevation change hitting off a huge hill into a beautiful creek bottom. Make sure you keep your drive to the right-center of the fairway and don't be tempted to cut the corner.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
We're fortunate to have two 19th Holes - The Hook Café that serves breakfast and lunch. I'd recommend the The Birdie - a marinated chicken sandwich w/ sauteed onions and mushrooms with provolone cheese and of course, a Bloody Mary. Old Kinderhook is also home another dinner-time restaurant, The Trophy Room both are situated along the 15th fairway. The Trophy Room serves everything from pizza and sandwiches to seafood and steak; but the MUST HAVE selection is the Filet.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Drew Letham their Score? 62 Details at

Back Tee Stats
Par: 71
Yardage: 6855
Slope: 137
Rating: 72.8

More Information
Old Kinderhook
20 Eagle Ridge Road
Camdenton, MO, 65020

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, 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 In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and 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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