Renowned for his course designs (the ne plus ultra
being Shadow Creek in Las Vegas you can't afford to play it), Tom Fazio has left his imprimatur on only one course in the St. Louis region: Missouri Bluffs. "Tree Tops," the 235-acre course's signature hole, offers golfers the best vantage point to view Fazio's symphony in green, from 120 feet up. At 529 yards, hole fifteen is a short par-five, and you'll want to give it a good rip...but hold it right there: A good drive will reward you (and even a bad one will leave you the opportunity to save par), but your best bet is to play on the conservative side. Swing easy from the tee. Get it in the short grass. Play the hole, and enjoy it. Missouri Bluffs' regular rate is $89 during the week, but the price falls by nearly half in winter.