Keith Memorial Child care and Golf Course is a full service, 18-hole public golf course located about one hour from downtown Kansas City, in Warrensburg Missouri. The facility is owned and operated by the University of Central Missouri, and is the home of the UCM Mules Golf Team. The course was originally 9-holes with sand greens, but in 1972 added an additional 9 holes and converted to grass greens.
Keth Memorial GC is named in honor of Dr. Earl Keth, who was Central Missouri State University’s first All-American in basketball. He was chosen to the Chuck Taylor All-America Team for the 1937-1938 season. That year the Mules captured the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB) Championship in Kansas City. The 32-team tournament, a forerunner of today’s NAIA Tournament, was considered college basketball’s first National Basketball Championship. Dr. Keth was also a standout performer on the Mules team that won the 1937 NAIB, which had a field of eight elite teams from around the country. In 1972, Keth was selected as one of ten players for the All-Time NAIB All-Tournament Team and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. In addition to his outstanding playing career at Central Missouri, Keth was the Mules Head Basketball Coach for 15 seasons from 1946 through 1961. He was the Mules Golf Coach from 1961 until the time of his death in 1972. He was the original architect of the golf course at Pertle Springs which has been named in his honor. On June 30, 1990 Dr. Keth was inducted posthumously into the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame.