Travel Club - Iowa

Tee Times Magazine Travel Club – Iowa

Tee Times Magazine Travel Club Iowa section brings you interesting articles from many of the areas Minnesota and Wisconsin golfers frequent. Here you will find hot topics and reviews from Iowa.

Wedgewood Cove – Minnesota’s Southern Belle

Wedgewood Cove – Minnesota’s Southern Belle

There’s a course in southern Minnesota, less than 100 miles from the Twin Cities, that resonates with me in a way few other courses in the state do. Having taken architecture classes from the course’s primary designer, Garrett Gill (and John Schmenk) I’ve always felt personally invested in its success.

A Commitment To Excellence

A Commitment To Excellence

As we head into 2023 and the 20th Anniversary of the Tournament Club of Iowa, many improvements are underway both on the golf course and the clubhouse that we feel will enhance your golf and dining experience.

Otter Creek Golf – Come Play on the Prairie

Otter Creek Golf – Come Play on the Prairie

Just over 3 hours from the Twin Cities, the City of Ankeny’s Otter Creek Golf Course amazes visitors with destination course qualities. The combination of links style course design, excellent conditions, friendly service, and great practice facility make Otter Creek a perfect choice for players looking for a memorable round of golf.

A Heart For Briggs Woods

A Heart For Briggs Woods

Nestled in the heart of North Central Iowa, Briggs Woods Public Golf Course is “perfectly positioned overlooking the pristine Boone River Valley of Hamilton County.”

Magical Golf, Magical Setting

Magical Golf, Magical Setting

Carved from a 500-acre white oak forest, this 18-hole championship golf course design conforms beautifully to the natural setting. Diverse wildlife and panoramic views from breathtaking elevation changes make the experience magical.

Tournament Club Of Iowa – Best Of Intentions

Tournament Club Of Iowa – Best Of Intentions

You’ve played the course. We all have. The course begging for a tweak here or flip there. We’re all experts as golfers, especially when our ball ends up in a particularly unplayable spot. It’s not our fault… it’s the architect’s, the manager’s, the superintendent’s. “This hole could be so much better if…” and “Who in their right mind puts a tree there?”

Amana Colonies – Iowa’s Best Kept Secret Golf Course

Amana Colonies – Iowa’s Best Kept Secret Golf Course

Everyone is setting records. “2020 was the best (golf) year ever,” they say. “And 2021 was even better.” “Not necessarily,” Stephen Kahler of Kahler Golf Management tells me, noting the game itself was responsible for THIS boom (not just one individual – Tiger).

The Tournament Club Of Iowa – The King Of Clubs

The Tournament Club Of Iowa – The King Of Clubs

Iowa deserves some love on America’s “Top 100 PUBLIC Golf Course” lists – a fact that would likely go unchallenged among the state’s 250,000 golfers. But… which course? For my money, and I’ve said this for years, the club that most deserves inclusion is the Tournament Club of Iowa.

Otter Creek Golf Course – The Less Things Change

Otter Creek Golf Course – The Less Things Change

The less good things change, the more good things stay the same. “We really haven’t made many changes lately,” Head Golf Professional Curt Ingham acknowledges, (not since the massive, multi-million dollar 2009 Paul Miller renovation) and I know that, but that fact is saying something on its own.

Amana Colonies Golf Club – Amana From Heaven

Amana Colonies Golf Club – Amana From Heaven

“Hidden Gem.” What else would you call it? Year after year I give it the same moniker, in local and national stories. Why? Why not? It’s true. Amana Colonies is hidden. Amana Colonies is a gem.

Tournament Club Of Iowa – The King Reigns On

Tournament Club Of Iowa – The King Reigns On

I miss Arnold Palmer, and how could I not. Meeting him, listening to him, watching him… each opportunity left me wanting more opportunities. I have similar feelings when I play golf courses I love.