JEFFERSON CITY, MO, April 28, 2016 - Mid-Missouri's first handicap accessible golf course, the Ken Lanning Golf Center, will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in Jefferson City. The Missouri Golf Association along with the Missouri Junior Golf Foundation will host the ribbon cutting at 1616 Oilwell Drive.
Located at Turkey Creek Golf Center in North Jefferson City, the nine-hole, par 3 course will provide children and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of golf with a course specifically designed to meet their unique needs. The public course is open to players of all capabilities and ages.
"I love this game and wanted to build a course allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy it," said Hovis.
His vision of a flat and short course with turf greens came to life thanks to generous donations from organizations as well as individual donors. The first of its kind course was designed by architect Todd Clark of CE Golf Design in Kansas City and constructed by Wadsworth Golf Construction Company with the help of the Missouri National Guard.
The facility also features a two-acre lake with a handicap accessible dock, fully stocked with fish thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation.
"This is a great addition to our community and the State of Missouri and will benefit many groups such as Special Olympics Missouri and Wounded Warriors, as well as those visitors that wouldn't otherwise have the chance to play the game," said Diane Gillespie, Executive Director of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The name of the facility derived from Missouri's legendary golf icon, Ken Lanning (1924-2014). The Rolla native and WWII veteran was devoted to teaching kids the game of golf. Lanning sponsored the Ken Lanning Junior Golf Tournament for 27 years and hosted several junior golf clinics helping him win a spot in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Hovis said the Missouri Golf Association is proud to honor Lanning with the Golf Center providing limitless opportunity for everyone to be able to learn and play the game regardless of mobility.
For more information on the Ken Lanning Golf Center, contact Scott Hovis at (573) 636-8994.
About the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (JCCVB) was founded in 1989 to maximize the positive economic impact of visitor dollars to the community by effectively marketing the Jefferson City area as a desirable convention and tourism destination.