Historic Timeline

  • 1949

    William L. Graham purchases the initial 560 acres of what will become Flint Hills National Golf Club.

  • 1980

    Graham purchases central 80 acres (which now houses the clubhouse and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 18th holes).

  • 1995

    Tom Devlin commissions Tom Fazio, a nationally known architect, to design his “dream course.” Fazio said of Flint Hills, “I have built a hundred golf courses. Everything I learned from the first ninety-nine went into this…Flint Hills is as good a course as I’ve ever designed.”

  • 1996

    Devlin purchases Graham’s homestead. Ground is broken to begin construction of the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is framed from trees felled after the 1988 fire at Yellowstone National Park.

  • 1997

    The Beach Boys perform at Flint Hills to celebrate Tom Devlin’s 50th birthday.

    The first round of golf is played on opening day, July 15th.

  • 1998

    Flint Hills National Golf Club is ranked by Golf Digest as the 2nd Best New Private Course in North America.

  • 2001

    Flint Hills National hosts the USGA Women’s Amateur Championship. The final between Meredith Duncan and Nicole Perrot has been called “one of the most thrilling in USGA history,” and Duncan emerged as the champion.

  • 2003

    Flint Hills National hosts the Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship Tournament, won by Bob Kearney.

  • 2005

    Golf Digest ranks Flint Hills National Golf Club #43 in their Top 100 Greatest Courses.

  • 2006

    Flint Hills National Golf Club is ranked #10 in Golf Digest’s America’s Best Private Golf Retreats.

  • 2007

    Flint Hills National Golf Club hosts the USGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, in which Stan Lee, 55, became the youngest USGA Senior Amateur winner in history.