Amana Colonies Golf Course opened for play in 1989 and its tree-lined fairways within a 600-acre forest offer golfers a feeling of complete and utter golfing seclusion.
Yes there are hills in Iowa and yes there is wonderful golf to be played. Amana is an annual stop for me to take in one of the best in the state.
Take your "A" game out for a test as the trees are tall and the transitions from rough to trees may not always seem fair. You will need to be able to manipulate your shots a bit to make it to the best landing area whether it be in the fairway or on the green.
The greens are large, undulating and just getting on the surface does not mean you will be walking off with no more than a two putt. A few 50+ foot lags will let you know that you need to step up your game. The par 3's can be especially troublesome if the flat stick isn't working that well. While all are relatively downhill and wonderful to look at, a bad leave with the tee ball will make you more 4's than 3's.
The clubhouse staff is terrific and ultimately courteous to ensure your day starts and ends with a smile and thanks for coming.