Venue of the Principal Charity Classic on the PGA Tour Champions circuit from 2006 to 2012, the course at Glen Oaks Country Club is a Tom Fazio design that’s laid out within a residential development to the west of Des Moines.
The club recently decided to embark on a major renovation project, calling in former Fazio Senior Designer Dennis Wise (who was with Tom Fazio from 1985 to 2012) to carry out the upgrade. Work got underway in 2016 and it took until the following year until everything was complete.
New cart paths were introduced, all the bunkers were improved and trees were cleared in a process euphemistically termed by the club as “optimizing the tree count”. Additionally, hole number 4 was totally re-shaped and a stone bridge added on the 18th to give it greater visual impact as an iconic finisher.