Golf courses

Best Public and Private Courses in Kansas

Kansas’ top rated public courses offer some of the best green fees at these highly rated courses in any state, with $100 to score a tee time and sample Golfweek’s list of the best courses you can play.

Take Firekeeper in Mayetta as Exhibit A. Designed by Notah Begay and Jeffrey D. Brauer and opened in 2011, Firekeeper is operated as an amenity with the Prairie Band Casino & Resort. It ranks #1 among public-access amenities in Kansas, and it’s also #18 on Golfweek’s ranking of the best casino courses in the United States. courses on Golfweek’s Best List.

Golfweek’s Best offers numerous lists of course rankings, with the list of the best public-access courses in each state among the most popular. All of the courses on this list allow public access in one way or another, whether it’s standard daily green fees, through a resort, or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there is a will, there is a starting time.

Also popular are the Top Golfweek rankings of the best private courses in each state, and this list for Kansas is also included below. Tops on this list is one of the best classical courses in the USA

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(m): Modern course, built in 1960 or later
(c): classic course, built before 1960
Note: If there is a number in parentheses with the m or c, it indicates where this course ranks among Golfweek’s top 200 modern or classic courses.
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Sand Creek Station in Kansas (Courtesy of Sand Creek Station)

1. Fire Keeper
Mayette (m)

2. Buffalo Dunes
Garden city (m)

4. Sand Creek Station
Newtons (m)

5. Colbert Hills
Manhattan (m)

Prairie Dunes in Kansas (Golfweek Files)

1. Prairie Dunes
Hutchinson (11c)

2. Flint Hills National
Andover (T116m)

3. Kansas City DC
Mission Hills (c)

The hundreds of members of Golfweek’s Best Review Panel continually evaluate courses and rate them against 10 criteria on a point basis from 1 to 10. They also deposit a unique overall rating on each course. These overall scores are averaged to produce these rankings.