News and Notes: AJGA St. Louis Junior

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The Missouri Bluffs Golf Club hosted its first AJGA event this week, the AJGA St. Louis Junior, from June 2-5, 2014. The inaugural 54-hole, stroke play tournament featured a 96-player field, with players ages 12-18 from 22 states, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. 

 

Tom Fazio name on sign (4)

Tom Fazio

No.15 is the signature hole of Tom Fazio, the award-winning designer of the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club golf course in 1995. For 40 years, Fazio has designed some of the most recognized golf courses in the country. Last year, 15 of the courses he designed were featured in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”, more than any other designer. In 2013, Golfweek’s “Best Residential Golf Courses” listed 27 of his courses, more than any other designer as well. 

Gravesites on no. 5 (6)

Cemetary in the woods (8)

Haunted holes

When players tee off No.5’s teeing ground, they’ll notice a tree standing alone on the left side. What they may not see is a gravesite dating back to 1809. Three headstones lay beside the tree, blending in with the shade from the tree. Players easily drive by without noticing the small gravesite. In addition, a small graveyard sits about 50 yards into the woods behind the No. 9 teeing ground. A small sign reads “Berg Cemetery” surrounded by a barbed wire fence, with another headstone inside the fenced area.

Bluff

Calling your bluff

Wondering where the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club got its name from? It certainly wasn’t from poker. The Tom Fazio-designed course received its name from the geographical bluff near Nos. 13 and 14, giving golfers a great view of St. Louis County. The course also features several drastic elevation changes, including the 101-foot drop on No. 15.