Hey Mike. Just saw this post and figured I could help a little. If you like elevation, views and uniqueness, Swope is your spot. It's really cool actually with some spectacular views of KC downtown. Kind of crazy actually, because the conditions won't blow you away, but you won't play another course like it and it is inexpensive. I think they have a good skins game about every weekday if you're up for it. Prarie Highlands was our home course in college and it is very nice (as of 04). I haven't played it since college. It is a links style course so if the wind is blowing, pack a lunch and hit a punch. We also played a lot at Sycamore and it is a very cool layout as well. I have heard conditions out there have declined though. It was at the time I played it, one of my favorite courses because, in essence, you got two courses in one. The front side is similar to Prarie Highlands as it is a links style course, lot of bunkers, tall grass, wind, etc.... The backside, I remember the first time I played it thinking I was on the wrong course. It is complete opposite of the front as it is similar to what you would find in a Michigan course. It is completely cut through the trees, tight fairways, placement golf, etc.. Pretty cool really. A course I really like that is fairly inexpensive during the week, is Sunflower hills. I think it is like $28 with a cart for as much as you can play. It is a somewhat long course, hilly, and normally pretty decent condition. I will agree with you about Shoal Creek. For being rated the #2 course in Mo it is a little underwhelming, though, it is VERY nice and very well upkept (and I play for free as I am good friends with the head pro), there really isn't a ton of uniqueness about it. Holes 17 and 18 are probably it. The same guy I know that is head pro at shoal creek, used to be assistant at Falcon Ridge. I like that course better than Shoal, so you might check that one out. It isn't KC, but well worth the hour trip, is the new Firekeeper course at the casino in Pottawottamie (spelling?). It is AWESOME! There is nothing underwhelming about this one. I know the pro up there too so get to play it quite often for free so I don't know what the cost is. Unless you're a low handicapper and have plenty of golf balls to lose, don't play the Notah tees! Give me a shout in advance, and if I can break free, could get us on fro free at those two courses.