Route 66 News

Old Joplin golf course gets a face-lift

Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course of Joplin, Mo., which is right off the Mother Road and even predates the highway, recently underwent extensive renovations, reported the Joplin Globe.

Mayor Gary Shaw said the course is known as a historic one because it opened in 1922 alongside what became Route 66.

“Schifferdecker is a bargain” in the course’s condition now, Shaw said. Repairs have included a new pump in the irrigation system, paving cart paths, clearing out damaged or dead trees, and planting new ones.

“The most important thing people wanted was new tee boxes, and we will have them in place in time for the Ozark Amateur,” the mayor said. Billed as the oldest golf tournament west of the Mississippi, the amateur is played in July.

The mayor isn’t kidding about the Schifferdecker course being a bargain. Fees are $11 on weekdays and $14 on weekeneds, with discounts for senior citizens.

Schifferdecker is a par-71, Scottish-style course that’s 6,123 yards. More about it can be found here.

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