Hopefully the baskets will be replaced today at Cliff Drive. We pulled them for the great KC Bike Race this past weekend. I will make sure that they get replaced tomorrow if they don't do it today, but chances are they got them up today again.
I love Madison courses as well. I think that I will be attending the Mad City Open again after probably a 10 year hiatus. It typically is on the same weekend as the Lion's Den Open here in KC, and well that one is kinda special. This year it is a week earlier (Aug 18th) so the trek is looking like a possibility!
Nice. There is a new course in town, Capital Springs, but IMO it's very pretty but not challenging unless the wind is really blowing. Lots of wide open stuff: http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=6294
Assuming you've played Token Creek (Vallarta-Ast) before? That's the best course here. A somewhat hidden gem just out of town is Bird's Ruins, it gets a fraction of the traffic as the courses in the city which is a shame because it's a fantastic course. Bring every shot you have when playing there. If I could only play two courses here, they would be Token and Bird's: http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=4800