Mosswood Meadows Golf Course in Monroe City is not like most nine-hole courses.

When people think of nine-hole golf courses, challenging is not the first thing that comes to mind.

But then again, Mosswood Meadows Golf Course in Monroe City is not like most nine-hole courses.

“I have had people tell me they won’t play here because it’s too hard of a course,” Mosswood GC board president Robert Lowell admitted.

But the avid golfer should not let the challenge stop them from making the trip to the edge of Marion County.

“And the course is beautiful,” Lowell continued. “Yes, it may be hard, but it’s i great shape. The greens and fairways are good. It will test your golf game, but it’s also a fun little course to play.”

The exceptional up keeping of the course is mainly in part of heads groundskeeper Danny Adams.

“We call him Eagle,” Lowell said. “He has been here for years. Danny and his crew do a great job.”

With being considered one of the most nice kept courses, nine or 18-hole, in the area, the most complimented feature of the course is a bit unusual.

“People comment all the time about our tee blocks,” the board president noted. “They are just very well manicured and people just love how nice they look.”

Through land donations from the Spaulding Foundation and community-wide help, the course was constructed in 1984.

“They (Spauldings) provided the land and the community really came together to get it built,” the Monroe City born and raised avid golfer mentioned.

Dowell moved away for work in St. Louis for some time and just moved back to his hometown this years ago. This year is his first serving on the board. He mentioned he is proud of what the course has become.

“I am just so passionate about the course,” he said. “And I would like to see it become even bigger and better.”

Like many smaller public courses, funds are limited at Mosswoods Meadows. But thanks in large part to the biggest tournament of the season, small improvements to the course can be made throughout the year.

“Our four-man scramble is our biggest tournament of the year,” Dowell said. “It usually fills up pretty fast and we cap it at 48 teams. With being just a nine-hole course, it’s really difficult to take any more teams than that.”

The tournament is held the first weekend in August and is a two-day event Dowell noted the tournament begins at 6 a.m both days and usually does not complete until 15 hours later.

Funds raised from this years tournament will be spent toward upgrading the bunkers and also some improvement to cart paths later in the fall, according to the board president.

The Monroe City basketball teams will also host a scramble this weekend.

Other popular events include a one-man scramble (first weekend in June), two-man scramble (July 8-9) and a blind draw two-man scramble every Monday evening.

Women’s league night is reserved on Tuesday evenings, while the Men’s league is every Wednesday night.

“Our women’s league is up and down, but our men’s league usually ranges from 40-55 players each week,” Dowell noted.

Despite a picture of hole No. 9 on its scorecard, Dowell mentioned the Par 5 hole No. 2 is most likely considered the signature hole of the course.

“It’s a Par 5 and it’s over water, just a beautiful looking hole,” he said.

When asked what advice he would give to a first-time player to the course, hole No. 2 also came up.

“Just stay to the right on No. 2,” he said with a chuckle. “Unless you can bomb it (off the tee) you are better suited to stay right.”

Dowell also noted the course plays longer than what the 3,310 yardage on the scorecard indicates.

“The biggest thing with our course is we are all carry,” he explained. “Unlike what you see on the PGA, you don’t get a lot of roll here. The course usually plays 300-400 yards longer because of that.”

He also didn’t not hesitate in ranking his hometown course at the top against the rivals.

“We just have a great course here,” he said. “We are small town America here, but I would put our course up against anybody, even the 18-hole courses.”