All too often, golf courses are named using all kinds of hyperbole. It may be that they have “hills” in their name on a perfectly flat piece of land. Or they call themselves “links” with no ocean front property within several thousand miles of the first tee. That’s mostly harmless and it probably goes unnoticed by most golfers who are more interested in hitting shots than the literal meaning behind the course’s name.
However, understanding the name of Cimarron Valley Golf Club tells you a lot about this special golf course tucked into the southwest corner of Haskell County, Kansas, a few miles west of Satanta on U.S. Highway 56. The nearby Cimarron River influenced the name of the golf course and was named by the Spanish speaking explorers centuries ago as they traveled this part of the state. The word they used to describe the river means “wild” and “untamed” and there is no hyperbole applying the same word to the golf course.
Measuring 3,175 yards for nine holes from the back tees, Cimarron Valley Golf Club offers a challenging and picturesque course through the wilds of Haskell County. The course plays to a par of 36 for nine holes and features stunning shots that will test all levels of golfer: carries over ravines and barrancas, rolling landforms that create all kinds of lies and shots, and native rough areas of shortgrass prairie and yucca that make playing from fairway imperative. The seasonal winds add to the drama of playing Cimarron Valley Golf Club. It is a true test of golf and perhaps no other nine hole course in Kansas can offer as unique a property as can be found at Cimarron Valley.
While the land at Cimarron Valley is certainly “untamed,” the conditions of the course are some of the best you’ll find in Southwest Kansas. The membership takes pride in what they have but are equally willing to share their treasure with any golfer up to the challenge.
Once you have played the course, you’ll understand just how accurate the name of Cimarron Valley Golf Club is. This place is “wild” in all the good ways that a golf course can be.
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