Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Eagle Bend Golf Course and Learning Center, 1250 E. 902 Rd., celebrates 20 years of operation Tuesday, July 3.
Since Eagle Bend opened in July 1998, more than 581,300 rounds have been played at the course. When it first opened only nine holes were available for play during the first three months of operation.
Over the years, Eagle Bend has gained notoriety because of its challenging play and the natural setting, as well as the wildlife that can be seen daily around the course.
In its history, Eagle Bend has been ranked as one of the top three golf courses in the State of Kansas by the Kansas City Star and has been named several times by Golf Digest to its annual “Places to Play” list. In April 2005, Eagle Bend played host to the Future’s Golf Classic, which is part of the Futures Tour, the official developmental tour of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. It has also hosted United States Golf Association and Kansas Golf Association events. In 2018, the KGA relocated their offices to Eagle Bend, leasing office from the City in a remodeled cart barn.
Eagle Bend has made modifications to the course over the years. In 2004, additional tee boxes were added to accommodate junior golfers, creating Junior Bend. New forward tee boxes were also added to accommodate beginning golfers, eliminating holes playing too long.
In 2008, a switch to a more warm-season grass was begun on the fairways. The process was completed in 2016 when the final hole was converted to Zoysia grass because it stands up to the hot Kansas summers, keeping fairways from deteriorating from the heat.
For more information, please contact Darin Pearson, parks operation manager/Eagle Bend Golf Course, at (785) 748-0511.