There was a vision to create something special at Boone Valley Golf Club long before the course played host to two USGA championships or the PGA Tour Champions strolled its rolling fairways
The site featured 440 acres cradled in a valley surrounded by rolling terrain on a remote tract of land west of St. Louis. This land was once the hunting grounds of American pioneer Daniel Boone, the course’s namesake, whose homestead is just down the road.
And when Rick Hynson arrived in this valley nearly 29 years ago as a construction superintendent for P.B. Dye, he saw an opportunity to do more than just move dirt to create a high-end private course.
Hynson looked at the area’s natural beauty and set out to build a golf course that reflected the region’s history, while also offering key sustainability features to take Boone Valley into the future.
“When we built this golf course, there were two corn fields, some cedar scrub that ran up through the middle, and no lakes,” said Hynson, who has served as Boone Valley’s superintendent since its inception in July 1992.
“Now, we have prairie, and a glade over on No. 17, and the savannah underneath the trees,” he added. “The wildlife diversity is better here now than it was when we first got here.”
Hynson knew he wanted to reintroduce native prairie grasses and wildflowers on the course. Historically, tallgrass prairie had dominated the landscape of northern and western Missouri, extending into the southeastern part of the state. That prairie has largely been replaced by commercial agriculture and urban development.