|New Hole #1 opens at Tomahawk Hills Golf Course|
The new #1 was designed by Doug Pickert of Indigo Design LLC and has been under construction since earlier this year. With the redesign, the hole's fairway remains at about 360 yards in length. It is a layup hole requiring golfers to hit about 200 yards to land short of Little Mill Creek or attempt clearing the creek.
The biggest change in the hole is a new southwest alignment, said JCPRD Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses Bill Maasen. This effectively points golfballs away from Midland Drive to avoid balls going into the road. The reconfigured cart path features two small culvert bridges, one of which passes below a waterfall, affording a nice view.
The tee area for the first hole is now located west and slightly north of the course's clubhouse in an area which previously housed the Tomahawk Sports Dome. The reconfiguration also allowed the course's practice area to move closer to Little Mill Creek. Currently under construction, the new practice area is expected to open in early August with a tee area located on the site of the course's previous clubhouse.
The opening of the new #1 hole follows the March opening of the course's new clubhouse. The 5,847-square-foot building features a metal roof, and a native stone and stucco facade. The building was constructed in the prairie style, which involves horizontal lines, broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, and integration with the landscape. The building features large south-facing windows and an outdoor patio area overlooking holes #9 and #18, and Little Mill Creek. Other amenities include a pro shop and concession area, offices, and a large multipurpose room which can accommodate up to 150 people for golf tournaments and rentals.
Tomahawk Hills Golf Course is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and is located at 17501 Midland Drive, Shawnee.