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August 16, 2017


Prairie Links Golf & Event Center - Based On A True Story
Believe it or not, I played my very first golf ever in Waverly, Iowa - home of Prairie Links Golf Club. (True story.)
Fox Ridge Golf Course - Home On The Range
Ben Biersner was born and raised in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. In fact, he worked at Fox Ridge in High School. Now, some 10+ years later he's back.
Brown Deer Golf Course - Diverse City
If Brown Deer Golf Course isn't the best city-operated course in Iowa, I don't know what is. That's no disrespect to any of Iowa's other great munis.
Blue Top Ridge At Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Dealing Drama Inside And Out
As the Course Ratings Director for a national golf network, I believe that Iowa has 12 golf courses every Tee Times reader should play, and Blue Top Ridge (38 miles south of Cedar Rapids) is in the upper half of that dozen.
Tournament Club of Iowa - More Than Words
There's no question Arnold Palmer was a better man than he was a golfer, and a better golfer than he was an architect, but playing his courses gives you plenty of glimpses into his general and overall greatness.
The Preserve At Honey Creek Resort - Southern (Iowa) Charm
There are FIVE critical components to a truly great golf resort: 1. A first-class course, 2. Diverse, quality, lodging options, 3. Great food, 4. Multiple entertainment options and/or amenities, and, 5. A first-class golf course.
Otter Creek - 2016 IGA Course Of The Year
There are golf courses that get in our heads. They "tease" us, in revealing only a single attractive hole (or two) as we drive by, and we get intrigued - hooked.
Brooks Golf Club - One Sweet Round
There's a bright yellow hangar building southwest of the Twin Cities (just off Highway 169, in Jordan) that hosts Minnesota's Largest Candy Store. It opens Memorial Day Weekend and is packed with customers every single day through Halloween.
Briggs Woods Golf Course - Merry Go Round
I first heard about Briggs Woods Golf Course five years ago, at the Minnesota Golf Show. I met the General Manager, Russ Appel, Jr., and asked him a few questions about the course.
Amana Colonies Golf Club - Truth Be Told
It is no exaggeration whatsoever to say that this is one of the five best golf properties in Iowa (arguably even Top 3). It is also no exaggeration to say that Amana Colonies Golf Club has never been in better hands.
Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort - The Grand Canvas
In 2016, Iowa is celebrating the 5-year anniversary of their newest casino resort and the 1-year anniversary of their newest golf resort. The interesting thing is, they share the same property - both resorts are one and the same.
Tournament Club of Iowa - King Corn
What do Kapalua, Turtle Bay, Deacon's Lodge, Bay Hill and the Tournament Club of Iowa have in common? No, they're not all in Hawaii... but yes... they're all golf courses. More specifically, they're all public access Arnold Palmer golf courses, and each has one of Arnold's "Favorite 18" holes that he's designed.
The Preserve at Honey Creek Resort - Power Ballin'
Thanks to my golf architecture studies at the University of Wisconsin - an invaluable apprenticeship with local designing legend Garrett Gill - I tend to look at courses a little different than the average writer... different than the average golfer.
Otter Creek - Otter Limits
Iowa is south of Minnesota. So far south, in fact, that they often get an extra month of golf more than we do. But hang on a minute... before you go packing up and moving just anywhere down there, give me a page to point you in the right direction.
Brooks Golf Club - Wizard Of Odds
Twenty-four of the thirty-eight years of my life I've been to Lake Okoboji (IA) during the summer. This July will be my 25th. My parents host an annual "Family & Friends" reunion at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp (on the west side) for whoever can make it.
Briggs Woods Golf Course - True Value
We could start a raging debate with just this one article about the best values in golf. I don't want to do that, but I do want to talk about legitimate golf value.
Bos Landen Golf Club - Time, Love & Tenderness
Bos Landen has a history. So does anything that "is" you might say. But the Bos's history, as a golf course, is more significant than most in the state of Iowa. Why? Because for four straight years, from 1997 through 2001, Bos Landen was considered Iowa's best golf course.
The Preserve At Honey Creek Resort - Southern Comfort
I'm a big fan of Kevin Norby's. When my editor told me the Chaska based golf course architect (think Greystone, the Refuge and Grand National) would be writing a column for us this year I was hopeful I'd get to meet him. I took several golf course architecture classes from another great local architect, Garrett Gill, but Norby does some equally cool things with the courses he gets, and I'd have loved to get a lesson or two from him.
Otter Creek - Otter Roll
After years of slowing down (and infuriating many a finger waving driver) on I-35 near Ankeny, Iowa, to check out the attractive course to the West, I'd finally had it. I watched player after player tee off, day after day, on that gorgeous par 3 (#13) by the interstate, flail and miserably fail to hit that huge wide-open green. COME ON PEOPLE! It's not that hard. It can't be! The scenic course, of course, was Otter Creek. I just always naively thought it was private. It isn't.
The Preserve at Honey Creek Resort Game Preserve
Let's get one thing straight. There never should have been a golf course here. We hear of state parks all the time, but state golf courses? Never. Scratch that. Alabama has an entire trail of courses built by the state. But that's Alabama. We don't do things like that up here. Au contraire mon frÃ-re! (Translation: Yeah huh!) We do now!
Bos Landen - The Hawkeye Has Landed
In case you didn't know, for a consecutive four-year period (from 1997-2001) Bos Landen was the greatest golf course in the state of Iowa. THE greatest. (According to Golf Digest.) That recognition wasn't just given to it. It was earned. The same way the Harvester has earned it now. An amazing property, with glossy picture worthy conditions, an energetic staff, and a playing field everyone wanted to take 80 to 100 swings on. Bos Landen deserved the praise.
Briggs Woods Golf Course - Webster City Briggs It On!
As active General Managers go, Russ Appel is among the hardest to keep up with, and he's always very much in demand. Webster City is a small town, and Russ seems to know everyone, and if he doesn't, well he's trying his best to. Twenty-four years at one course, in this case Briggs Woods, will do that to you. "I never thought I'd be here more than 5 years, but once I bought in I couldn't leave. And every year has gotten better.
Tournament Club of Iowa - Return Of The King
The Tournament Club is one of the 5 best courses in Iowa. No question. They know it. I know it. And you would know it if you played it. It hasn't always been though. As little as five years ago it was a train wreck.
A Quick Spring Golf Escape: Ames, IA
Ames, Iowa is the perfect destination for an early spring escape. An easy three-hour drive from the Twin Cities, Ames has fantastic golf courses which make this destination perfect for a golf weekend getaway. Here's a quick snapshot of what we would consider the perfect weekend getaway for you and your favorite foursome.
Webster City, IA
Briggs Woods Golf Course, located along the Boone River just south of Webster City, Iowa, truly is worth the "drive"! This 18-hole course is a favorite of golfers from all over the Midwest and is one of the most challenging and scenic courses in Iowa. Trees and water hazards are the signature mark...


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