Getting To Know: Firekeeper Golf Course
An Insightful Interview With Randy Towner, General Manager/ Head PGA Professional
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 Randy Towner 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
Firekeeper Golf course opened in 2011 to rave reviews and they have not stopped. Ranked #9 best new course in America, Firekeeper has garnered the #1 place you can play in Kansas the past two years. Firekeeper is ranked the #67 best resort course in America and has been recognized as a place to play by all major golf magazines. Designed by Jeff Brauer and Notah Begay III, Firekeeper boast bent grass fairways and excellent putting surfaces. The course can play from 4,500 yards to 7,535, offering something for all skill levels. Firekeeper offers all the beauty of the state of Kansas with the first six holes draped through the prairie and the next for entering the valley and finishing in the woodlands for the final eleven. Firekeeper features state of the art electric carts and exceptional friendly midwest service. We offer a full bar and upscale 19 hole. Beverage cards are available during season. Range balls and yardage books are included in the guest fees and stay and play packages are available through the casino.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Firekeeper is the premier course in Northeast Kansas. #1 place to play in Kansas by Golfweek in 2011-2012-2013. The condition of the course in fantastic and you are treated well. Firekeeper has matured well beyond its 3 years. The wind can change your strategy drastically as you chart your round. Chose the tees that suit your skill level and you will enjoy you day.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Firekeeper has no lakes on the course but the native prairie grass and the meandering creek on the back side can claim an errant shot. Generous fairways and big greens allow you to hit driver off of most tees. Wind will offer a challenge. Pick tees that suit your game. Pro suggestions would be Ladies Red Tees Seniors and good lady players and anyone with a handicap over 18 yellow tees Men with a handicap of 5-18 orange tees scratch to 4 Black Tees Tger Woods, Bubba Watson, Gary Woodland, Dustin Johnson Notah Tees
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Just all our recent success and national rankings. The pride that the staff has in the upkeep of the course. Our motto is "everything we do sends a message" and our goal is to send the best message possible. We have hosted the National Professional Tour, The Adams Tour and this year the Ladies Symetra Tour. Will have hosted the Midwest PGA Championship each of the last two years and look forward to the Kansas Amateur in 2018.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The beauty of Firekeeper is that we don't just have one signature hole. From the huge double green that host both #1 and #6 to the 600 yard #4 with menacing bunkers guarding the green to the gambling #18 par four with a go for it opportunity to carry the creek and cut off a 100 yards. High risk huge payoff. Let us know what your favorite is.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
I like #2 because I like links golf and this par 4 is right out of Europe. Pot bunkers dot the fairway and a huge coffin bunker guards the green. You can see for about 15 miles from the tee. The course may be in Kansas but for a moment your in Scotland.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Try the Buffalo Sweat a local beer from Manhattan Kansas and the Cobb Sandwich. And eat it with your buddies on one of the many rocking chairs on the porch. Its a great end to a perfect round.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Oscar Stark shot a 63 in the second round of the Adams Tour in 2013. The course played at 7,200 yards that day. Oscar had 9 birdies and 9 pars in a fantastic round. The scorecard is on display in the pro shop. We will be glad to replace it with yours.
Back Tee Stats
Firekeeper Golf Course
12524 125th Rd
Mayetta , KS, 66509
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, 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 GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. 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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