Iowa loves their golf, evident by the record setting attendance at the U.S. Senior Open in 1999 when the tournament was at Des Moines Golf & Country Club. State legend and the 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson hails from the Hawkeye State, born in Iowa City he attended college in state too at Drake University. With a diverse landscape that includes rolling plains, forests, and lakes the state has a wide range of course layouts that offer excitement to golfers of all levels. In addition to a great variety, Iowa also has a golf trail and plenty of resort casinos to pick from, making it a great state for golfers to visit.
One such resort casino is Blue Top Ridge at Riverside. Featuring a Rees Jones design, the world-class golf course offers player’s breathtaking vistas overlooking two rivers, manmade lakes and a various terrains. The iconic movie “Field of Dreams” shows Kevin Costner building a baseball field in an Iowa cornfield, Blue Top Ridge at Riverside is the real life golf version of this movie. The famous line in that movie of course is, “If you build it…they will come”. This is a course you have to play! Earning a reputation as a true Iowa golf gem, Amana Colonies is another impeccably maintained course providing an unforgettable golf experience. Located off the beaten path, Amana Colonies’ fairways seem to be cut right out of the forest that surrounds the area.
Another fabulous golf venue in the state is Spirit Hollow in Burlington. It offers a golf experience unlike any other. A stay and play resort with cabins that can house 8 or lodge rooms for smaller groups, it caters to any golfers needs. The course itself is what gets you there, but the hospitality and off course amenities are what make it so difficult to leave!
Other great spots in the Hawkeye State include The Harvester Golf Club, a formidable yet enjoyable challenge. Also Willow Creek Golf Course in West Des Moines has 36 great holes with a relaxing picturesque backdrop! More courses are waiting to be discovered, check-in and review some of your Iowa favorites to let All Square users know which hidden gems are must plays.