Here's what's happening.
Boys and Girls Club
We are holding a fishing and golfing camp for the Boys and Girls Club every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of June! On Tuesdays, the kids come out to our course and play a variety of golf games. We have been bringing and instructor here to help them learn the game of golf. On Thursdays, the Conservation Department comes out to help the kids fish! We have been having such a blast!
Mizzou Golf Camp.
Thank you to the Mizzou junior golf camp who spent their day at our course! We enjoyed watching you play and hope to see you back very soon!
Ken Lanning Golf Center Featured in Golf Digest
What does a truly accessible golf course look like? They just built one in Missouri
You've probably never heard of Ken Lanning, but he helped introduce generations of junior players to the game -- including two you have heard of in Stan Utley and Payne Stewart.
Lanning believed every kid should have a chance to play, so it is fitting that the Missouri Junior Golf Foundation built a par-3 course specifically designed with that goal in mind.
The Ken Lanning Golf Center in Jefferson City -- two hours west of St. Louis -- has greens that are made of the same high-end Southwest synthetic turf found on tour players' backyard putting greens. Players in wheelchairs can roll directly from the widened cart paths onto the putting surface, and can also hit from flat-access turfed tee boxes that range from 48 to 134 yards out.
Constructed with $1.2 million in donated funds, the course is the perfect place for juniors, golfers with disabilities -- and anybody looking to sharpen their short irons -- to go out and enjoy the sport. Children under 15, players with disabilities and veterans can play the course for free. Other players pay $10 to walk and $18 to ride. The holes surround a man-made pond built with an accessible dock and stocked with fish by the state department of conservation.
Utley was there to hit the ceremonial first tee shot at the grand opening April 30 -- he hit the green with a wedge and two-putted for par -- and said that the course and teaching facility attached to it will help reinforce's Lanning's lifetime goal of inclusiveness. "It's a special place, and it will help share the game with players who might not have otherwise had a chance to play," says Utley, who grew up in Thayer, MO. "Mr. Lanning was my mentor from the time I was 13 up into my pro career, and I know he would have been proud of this place. I hope it inspires other communities to do the same thing."
By Matthew Rudy, Golf Digest
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Boys and Girls Club Golfing and Fishing Camp.
The Boys and Girls Club came out one day this week and last week for a golfing and fishing camp! They got to learn the basics of golf from our instructors and got to fish with the Conservation Department! We had a blast and can't wait for them to come back next week for more fishing and some mini golf!
A letter from the director.
Haley Bax here! Just a reminder I am the director of the new Ken Lanning Golf Course. I have really enjoyed working here at the KLGC. I have learned many valuable skills throughout this internship that I will use in the future. I have had the privilege to plan events, oversee the courses' social media, and meet many people along the way. Through this internship, I have seen how willing people in Jefferson City are to lend a helping hand. It has been such a cool experience to work with people in such a great community, the same community that I grew up in and have always loved. I am very excited to tell you about what has been going on at the Ken Lanning Golf Center these past couple months. We have had an eventful summer so far and it has been so rewarding to see the course really taking off.
We had our first ever Ken Lanning Kids Camp this past week on July 13th-15th! We had 45 children ages 3-12 come out for three days full of fun. The kids had the chance to fish with the Conservation Department, play mini golf, and hit off the driving range. The last day we had a bounce house, a water balloon fight, and a pizza party! The camp was such a success and we are already very excited for next years!
On Saturday, July 16th the Ken Lanning Golf Course hosted its' second Hieronymus Junior Golf tournament. Nineteen participants came out to play on our course with an award show following. Click here for the results of the tournament.
We have the Boys and Girls Club coming one day for the next three weeks (July 20th, July 27th, and August 3rd) for a golf and fishing camp. The Boys and Girls club are going to bus over 30 children each week to learn and enjoy the game of golf at our course. The first week, we will have instructors teach the kids the basics of golf and the kids will get to fish with the Conservation Department. The second week, the kids will learn golf etiquette, may have a chance to play on our course, and they will get to fish with the Conservation Department again. And the third and final week, the kids are going to participate in a golf tournament! We are very excited to have them, and hope they are looking forward to it as much as we are!
Today, we have the privilege of the Special Learning Center bringing kids who are participating in Camp Jade to come to our course. The children are going to go fishing with the Conservation Department and hit golf balls around on our putting greens. This will be their second event with us because the other two were rained out!
Furthermore, any donation is always appreciated! We are going to have on going Fundraising for the Ken Lanning Golf Center. The money that we raise will help us be able to run programs and provide more events for individuals to enjoy for years to come. If you would like to make a donation, please click here. In appreciation for your donation, we would like to include you on our Ken Lanning Wall of Fame. There are several different levels of contributions that you can also find on the link above.
Thank you for all of your support!
Hieronymus Junior Golf Tournament.
On Saturday, July 16th the Ken Lanning Golf Course hosted its' second Hieronymus Junior Golf tournament. Nineteen participants came out to play on our course with an award show following. Click here to see the results of the tournament!
Ken Lanning Kids Camp.
We had our first ever Ken Lanning Kids Camp this past week! We had 45 children ages 3-12 come out for three days full of fun. The kids had the chance to fish with the Conservation Department, play mini golf, hit off the driving range, have a water balloon fight, play in bounces houses, and much more! We even had a pizza party on the last day! The camp was such a success and we are already very excited for next years! Below are some pictures of the camp.
Jefferson City Magazine.
Jefferson City Magazine wrote an article about our course in the July/ August Edition. Take a look below!
The California Democrat.
The California Democrat wrote a great article about our course. Click here to take a look.
Thank you to the Miller County VFW Post 2442.
The Miller County VFW Post 2442 through the efforts of PGA HOPE, presented a check to the Missouri Junior Golf Foundation and the Ken Lanning Golf Center in the amount of $3,000 to assist the Foundation in purchasing adaptive golf carts to be used at the Center!! Each adaptive cart is $12,000. If you or your company is interested in helping with this specific program please call the office at 573.636.8994.
"One-of-a kind Course."
Yet another great article written about our course by the Missouri Net. Click here to view the article.
Central Missouri Down Syndrome Family Network Golfing and Fishing Event.
The Central Missouri Down Syndrome Family Network partnered with the Special Olympics and came out for a fun day at our course this past Saturday, June 11th. Children and family members enjoyed a day of golfing, fishing, and obstacle courses. We brought out instructors to help with golf and the children hit golf balls at hug inflatable animals. The Conservation Department came out and helped the children fish and we had a meal provided afterwards. Check out all the fun!
One of the Top 10 Best Adaptive Sports Facilities in America.
The Ken Lanning Golf Center was voted one of the Top 10 Best Adaptive Sports Facilities in America. Sports Planning Guide wrote, “This venue is one of the first of its kind, a totally unique experience. The Ken Lanning Golf Center is a 9-hole course intended to meet the needs of handicapped golfers. Each hole is a par 3, and no hole is longer than 120 yards. The land is flat and there are few hazards, making it easier for people in wheelchairs to navigate the terrain. Also aiding in this effort are wheelchair-accessible ramps at every green and an abundance of cart paths around the entire course. The Ken Lanning Golf Center believes golf should be a sport for everyone, and since its opening earlier this year, the venue has allowed people with disabilities the chance to enjoy the game like never before. The course hosts dozens of tournaments and events every year, while a multitude of hotels nearby make it easy to stay overnight in Jefferson City after a round of golf during the day.” Check out the full article.
First Hieronymus Junior Golf Tournament
The Ken Lanning Golf Center held its' first ever Missouri Golf Association Hieronymus Junior Golf Tournament Saturday June 4th, 2016. There were twenty-five participants male and female between the ages of 5-18. Children under the age of thirteen played 9-holes and participants 14-18 played 18-holes. Participants were provided with a meal following the tournament and at the end there was an award show. It was a perfect day for golf and we look forward to holding many more events like it in the future. Click here to see the results of the tournament!
Article on the Golf Digest website about our course. Stay tunes for another article in the magazine's August addition! Click here to see the website.
2016 Missouri Golf Post Article
The Missouri Golf Post did a feature on our course in their latest edition. Click here to take a look!