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Photos: Missouri Golf Association


Jefferson City, Missouri

Golf course architect:

Todd Clark, ASGCA

CE Golf Design

Project summary:

An accessible

short course was designed at

the Ken Lanning Golf Center to

provide children and individuals

with disabilities the opportunity to

learn and enjoy golf.


Wadsworth Golf

Construction (construction);

Missouri National Guard

(construction donor);

Turfwerks (irrigation design);

Southwest Greens (artificial turf)

Ken Lanning Golf Center


illions of Americans with

disabilities would like to learn

to play golf. But a typical 18-

hole golf course can make them feel

uncomfortable or out of place. They

might find it difficult to access the

golf course, be concerned about how

well staff will be able to assist them in

learning the game, or worry about having

an adverse impact on other golfers.

Addressing these issues, a new short

course at the Missouri Golf Association’s

Ken Lanning Golf Center in Jefferson

City, Missouri, was designed by Todd

Clark, ASGCA, to be fully accessible for

disabled people, as well as being suitable

for children and beginners.

The Missouri Golf Association’s Junior

Golf Foundation shares the site of the Ken

Lanning Golf Center with an existing nine-

hole par-three course and driving range

(Turkey Creek Golf Center) and the existing

clubhouse is also home to the Missouri Golf

Association’s executive offices.

The new nine-hole par-three course

features holes ranging in distance from

48 to 134 yards. Each hole has two zoysia

grass tees and one synthetic tee, built

adjacent to and level with the concrete

cart path to allow easy access for people

using wheelchairs.

The greens range in size from 2,700

to 3,050 square feet and are made of

synthetic turf with sand infill. The

synthetic turf allows for access by

wheelchairs and motorized carts without

the worry of damage. The greens can be

playable quickly after rain as well, which

is important given the site is prone to

flooding. Each green is linked to the cart

path with subtly sloped natural turf areas.

Three lakes were developed to capture

stormwater for irrigation, and the fill

material was used to add shape to this

extremely flat site. All mounding and

bunkering was kept very mellow, further

allowing the entire site to be accessed by

all golfers very easily.

Making golf accessible

A new golf facility in Jefferson City, Missouri, has been designed to make the

game accessible for people with disabilities