It's tee time

Have you seen the Disney movie "Up"?


You'll probably think of it when you play The Golf Club at Deer Chase, because at times, you go up.

Way up.

Drastic elevation changes on some of these holes at the Lake of the Ozarks will make your jaw drop. Hopefully, you're not afraid of heights.

You're not playing off a cliff, but you're close.

"The clubhouse is in the valley (The Auglaize River Valley) and it's more of a links-style golf course," said Head Professional Marv Boegler. "Then once you get up into the upper part of the course, it becomes more of an old-fashioned golf course you might have played when you were a kid.

"You have tree-lined fairways and undulations, just a little bit of everything."

Both nines wind up into the higher elevations, and both nines end with a bang.

"Where you tee off (on both No. 9 and No. 18), it's probably as much as 100 feet above where the green is," Boegler said.

Both holes are par 4s, 420 yards from the back tees. No parachutes required, just good brakes.

"You have to lay-up on 9 to a big green with water in front of it," Boegler said. "No. 18 has narrow fairway that descends down to a green that is long and oblong to the fairway. If you hit it too far left, you can find the pond that encircles No. 9. So it demands a pretty-well placed drive."

The par-71 course has four sets of tees, ranging from 4,928 to 6,544 yards.

"We have enough tee boxes that you can pick your own poison, whatever you desire," Boegler said. "And the greens are outstanding, they're medium-fast, they're not overly slick, and the greens are large.

"The golf course is very appealing, cosmetically. It kind of gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling."

The course's shorter holes might give you bigger problems than the longer ones.

"The par 5s, comparatively speaking, are relatively easy," Boegler said, "but our par 3s make up for it, as we have several difficult par 3s.

"They're long (two are over 230 yards from the back tees) and difficult and the one that is short, No. 14, the slope of the green is such if you don't land on the right side of the green, the ball will roll off.

"It's a little over 100 yards and you think it's going to be easy, but it does require a decent shot."

Deer Chase opened in 2004, the most recent course to open in the Lake area, and was designed by Roger Null.

"It's been well received," Boegler said. "We have a lot of repeat business which, of course, is a big key to your ability to exist."

People come back for more, that's all you really need to know about Deer Chase --- that's the best endorsement any business can have.

The course's motto is Public Course, Private Setting. It's located between Osage Beach and Camdenton and it's a bit off the beaten path, about four miles off Hwy. 54. But that's a non-issue.

"I don't think it hinders us at all," Boegler said. "We get a lot of phone calls asking for directions. It's a very scenic drive down to the clubhouse."

And the scenery only gets better.