Sugar Hills Golf Club, is a Semi-Private, 18 hole golf course located in Goodland, Kansas.
To really appreciate Sugar Hills, you need to learn about the man behind the course, Leo Schisler.
Leo and his family moved to Goodland from Des Moines, Iowa, in July 1919 to operate a newly purchased barber shop. Having played golf in Iowa, he brought along a few golf clubs. He soon discovered that no one knew much about playing golf and there had never been any interest in having a golf course. During the following months, he created interest in the game.
By the spring of 1920, he had gathered enough support and asked the County Commissioners for permission to lay out a course at the county fairgrounds. The commissioners approved and Leo began a membership drive. Sixteen people paid the $10.00 dues and a golf club was formed. He laid out the course in March 1920.
As the game became more popular, it became apparent that the fairgrounds course was too small and there was no way to expand at this location.
In November 1921, a quarter section (160 acres) of pasture land three miles west of Goodland came up for sale. Leo and another member looked the ground over and decided it would make a good golf course. On November 14, 1921, a local banker and club member negotiated the land purchase for $17.50 per acre ($2,800).
A new golf organization, The Goodland Golf Club, was formed and $100.00 shares were sold to members to finance the purchase. The next day the members began measuring and laying out the nine-hole course. Leo was asked to build the course. On November 21, 1921, he hired two brothers who owned a team of horses, an old wagon, a plow, and a scraper, and they began building the course. The greens were made by scraping off the grass and covering the ground with sand mixed with oil. The course first opened for play December 12, 1921, and has remained the home of golf to the present day.
In the Spring of 1932, the course was redesigned and expanded to eighteen holes with sand greens. It remained an eighteen hole sand greens course for the next thirty-seven years.
Leo's active part in building and maintaining the course ended in the mid-1950's, but his interest in playing the game and supporting the club continued.
In August of 1968, a new corporation was formed and the Goodland Golf Club became Sugar Hills Golf Club, Inc., and plans were made to redesign the course with nine holes and grass greens. Later that year, Leo was given a lifetime membership in recognition of pioneering the interest in golf and for his many years of active involvement with the course and the club.
The "new" nine-hole course, with grass greens officially opened July 4, 1969. Leo teed off with the first foursome that day. A back nine was added in 1993. The back nine was designed by Kenny Yoke.
Sugar Hills Golf Club is today a par-71 layout that plays to a maximum distance of 6,210 yards. The course rating is 69.6 and the slope rating is 112.
Par for Sugar Hills Golf Club is 71. From the back tees, the course plays to 6,210 yards. From the forward tees, the course measures 5,162 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 1, a par-5 that plays to 540 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 17, a par-3 that plays to 159 yards from the back tees.
Watch out for # 7, a 367 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at Sugar Hills Golf Club is # 13, a 304 yard par-4.
More about Leo
Leo was born in Pretty Prairie, Kansas in 1893. He moved with his family to Des Moines, Iowa in 1901. He married Beulah Bean and they had three children; Leola (Ihrig), Virginia (Banberry) and James. Leo enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years in F Co, 1st US Infantry in WWI. He was a member of the First Christian Church, and was a Mason for over fifty years, serving the Masonic Lodge and York Rite Bodies as secretary for forty years until his death. He was a Rotarian for fifty years and served one term as District Governor.
Leo won many tournaments in Goodland and surrounding towns. He was a scratch golfer for many years. Leo's last round of golf and his life ended July 6, 1979. He died of an apparent heart attack while playing the par-three No. 2 hole at Sugar Hills Golf Club. Leo was 85 years old.
Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Saturday, June 2010 at 10am
Best course between Denver, CO & Hays, KS. Great staff, great people and great greens. This course really surprised me. I had an excellent time and recommend this course to any and all.
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