Located in the northwest corner of Iowa, the Falls at Grand Falls Casino course is a Rees Jones layout which takes its design inspiration from the casino resort courses around Las Vegas.
Established back in 1932, the original course at Brooks Golf was augmented by an additional 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.
Owned and operated by Iowa State University, the Veenker Memorial Golf Course is a Perry Maxwell design dating back to the late 1930s, when it was constructed by the Works Progress Administration which provided work for young unemployed men.
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 daily-fee Finkbine golf course at the University of Iowa takes its name from the man who donated the land to the university. Robert Bruce Harris originally laid out the course in 1953, which was later remodeled by his assistant, Dick Nugent.
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.
Laid out on a lakefront peninsula by Dick Watson in 1971, the Lake Panorama National course is fairly flat on the front nine and more rolling on the back nine, with five ponds coming into play on seven of the holes.
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.
The 18-hole layout at the Hunters Ridge Golf Course lies within a 400-acre residential development on the outskirts of Marion, with a more challenging back nine routed around a number of ponds and wetland areas.