New Golf course set to open
Things are changing in De Soto.
A nine-hole golf course, scheduled to open mid June, is located on the city's newly-acquired land in Leavenworth County.
Bob Hill, Burning Tree Golf Course owner, had a vision in 1988 to open a golf course near the Kansas River bridge. Hill didn't start the actual course planning until 1998, after he retired from the construction and contracting business. He said the course's name came from an incident where he was almost struck by lightning.
"I really wanted something to do and I thought this would be fun," Hill said. "I looked at other area golf courses, and this course was built by family, friends and myself."
Hill said the course will be competitively priced and will likely host high school golf matches and company parties in addition to individual golfers.
Several features separate the course from others in the surrounding area, Hill said. Although it is only nine holes, the course is 2,900 yards long, with a par of 35. It is one of the only area courses with Bermuda Fairway tees and bent grass greens.
The Kansas River is directly adjacent to two of the course's holes. Hill said he thinks that Burning Tree will provide both enjoyment and challenge , including a 430-yard eighth hole, to area golfers.
"Golfers like to play different courses in the area, and our course is not hilly, which is an advantage for a lot of people," Hill said. " Most of the holes are unique, and (hole) number eight will be a challenge for almost any golfer."
The course will cost $11 for nine holes of play and $6 for cart rental.