Established back in 1932, the original course at Brooks Golf Club was augmented by an addition 9-hole layout (Scot’s Links) in 1995 so golfers can now choose to play a round on a combination of the Mounds, Val Brooks and Scot’s Links nines.
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.
Developed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Preserve on Rathbun Lake golf course lies within the 800-acre Honey Creek Resort State Park and it’s a design from the firm of Herfort Norby Golf Course Architects that first opened its doors to golfers in 2008.
Situated 44 miles southeast of downtown Des Moines, the course at Bos Landen Golf Club is a mid-1990s Dick Phelps design that features a moderate amount of sand and water hazards, making it eminently playable for golfers of all abilities.
Set out on hilly, wooded terrain four miles to the west of downtown Des Moines, Waveland Golf Course was established in 1901 and it’s reckoned to be the oldest municipal 18-hole layout built west of the Mississippi River.
The Harvester Golf Club opened in 2000 and it’s perhaps architect Keith Foster’s finest original creation. The course reopened in 2019 after renovations when the club became private and no longer a daily fee facility.