Des Moines offers three golf courses open to the public. A.H. Blank, Waveland, and Bright Grandview each offer a unique golf experience. All three courses have affordable rates and are regarded as a high quality and very playable for the novice to the advanced golfer.
- Fat Joe's Pizza
- GPS systems in carts (Waveland and Blank)
- Free sledding at Bright Grandview and Waveland during the winter months (four inches of uniform snow required)
- Banquet facilities (corporate outings, weddings, birthdays parties, holiday events)
- Season Passes are available online January 1 or at whichever course is open during the winter season.
- Junior Golf is offered at Blank Golf Course during the summer.
A.H. Blank Golf Course
A.H. Blank first opened in 1971 as a nine hole golf course and expanded to 18 holes in 1985. Only one of the original nine holes still remains, but it has been improved with a beautiful pond and sand traps. Blank has some of the most unique features of any golf course in Central Iowa. The fairways are USGA approved ranging between 25 and 35 yards in width. The greens are always in excellent condition. Blank has also been adding trees to the course over time to make it a more interesting golf experience. Blank features a full practice range, miniature golf course, and pro shop with a complete line of golf equipment.
Bright Grandview Golf Course
Bright Grandview Golf Course, built in 1902, is one of the oldest municipal courses in the county. With its age, it is unique and does not have the look of most modern courses. The layout is mostly flat, making it favorable for newer golfers. Many juniors and seniors play Bright Grandview for just this reason. Trees are the biggest hazard, but even with that it is not a difficult course. Although it is not a very long course, Bright Grandview's small to medium size greens pose a challenge to some individuals. The fairways are wide so you can take a full swing and not worry about losing your ball. The average round of 18 holes takes about three and a half hours to complete, which is significantly less than other public courses in the area.
Waveland Golf Course
Waveland Golf Course is the oldest municipal golf course west of the Mississippi. This 18 hole course was built in 1901 and has a traditional layout. The clubhouse is a vintage 1940's red brick building that has a calming and pleasant atmosphere. The feature that sets Waveland apart from the other two Des Moines public courses is the incredible amount of slope. The entire course is built on wooded hillsides. The trees are also very mature, a given for a course of this age.
GOLF BENCH PROGRAM
The citizens of Des Moines are always looking for opportunities to memorialize a loved one, sponsor a program or commemorate an event. Des Moines Parks and Recreation came up with a plan to meet these needs and improve the municipal golf courses by selling engraved benches for the tee box area at each of the municipal golf courses.
The long life expectancy of the benches will ensure that your personal message will be on display for years to come. The benches are a great way to memorialize a friend, family member or loved one who loved the game of golf or had many fond memories at one or more of our municipal golf courses.
View our brochure on the golf bench program here.
For more details and pricing, please contact:
Parks and Recreation Superintendent
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
1551 East Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa 50317