Best Golf Courses Near Newton, KS
Newton, Kansas, a town of about 19,000 located 25 miles north of Wichita, may be best known for Bethel College, the oldest Mannonite college in the U.S. Before Bethel was founded in 1887, Newton earned brief fame as the endpoint of the Chisholm Trail cattle drive and for a horrifying gunfight that led to the town being called “The Wickedest City in the West.” Newton’s marquee golf course is Sand Creek Station Golf Club, a heavily mounded, links-style layout that features holes hard by railroad tracks. Golf Advisor rated the course, which hosted the final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2014, the best course in Kansas in 2019. Two other intriguing nearby layouts are the 9-hole Wedgewood Golf Course, which features small undulating greens, and Hesston Municipal Golf Park, a very played, wide open and flat layout whose defining feature is its elevated greens. Be sure to save some time to explore Bethel College, especially the Kaufman Museum which traces the region’s history and the Menonnites’ arrival in Kansas and also showcases a number of antique cars. Downtown Newton has a a historic feel as well, as many old buildings have been repurposed as restaurants and shops.