The Heart of America Golf Course offers two challenging nine-hole golf layouts in Swope Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. The old nine-hole golf course is a par 35 and measures 2,604 yards with very tight target areas.
The nine-hole course is a par 27 course and measures 1,200 yards. The course has several new features. Golfers on Hole Two will tee off across a water feature; on Hole Six they will face a green carved out of the hillside. At hole eight, golfers must hit off a cliff face down to the green.
Heart of America also is the location of the Tom Watson Golf Academy and a host site for the First Tee of Greater Kansas City, a nationally recognized Junior Golf Program.
Heart of America offers a snack bar, pro shop, locker facilities, putting and chipping greens along with a large driving range with both mat and grass hitting areas. No riding carts allowed on par 3 course.
The Heart of America Golf Academy is home to Kansas City’s only FootGolf course. FootGolf is a combination of the popular sports of soccer and golf. The game is played with a regulation No. 5 soccer ball at a golf course on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to golf rules. Come out and give it a try!
To get to the Heart of America Golf Academy from downtown Kansas City, take I-70 east to I-435 south. Go south on I-435 to the Swope Park-Zoo exit. Exit right (west) on Gregory Boulevard to Oldham Road, turn left, take Oldham Road to Blue River Road, which leads directly to the golf course.