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Address: 4908 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
Phone Number: (515) 271-8725
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Golfing
Description: Originally founded in 1894 and listed by the USGA as one of the first 100...
Originally founded in 1894 and listed by the USGA as one of the first 100 clubs established in the U.S., this course continues to pose a challenge to golfers of all abilities due to its bold elevation changes and well-guarded greens.
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Be ready for hills and blind shots!

Wow! This was a difficult but fun course. The carts had gps which helped when we couldn't see where we were going, but I do wish they showed other carts on all holes and not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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200 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Wow! This was a difficult but fun course. The carts had gps which helped when we couldn't see where we were going, but I do wish they showed other carts on all holes and not just the blind ones. The beers were a bit expensive from the cart, but very cold on a hot day. We played best ball and... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I golfed here in the late fall and used this course all winter for sledding with kids and training running hills. The scenery here keeps running interesting and the option to run on frozen turf, snow, or paved trails is a nice change up from street running. The clubhouse has drinks and bathrooms as well as a proshop to rent/purchase... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

The oldest golf course west of the Mississippi requires a laser like tee shot on most if the holes. The beauty if the course will make up for all of the mulligans though.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Hilly tree lined fairways are the hallmark of this course. It can be walked but you better be in shape. Bring plenty of golf balls if you spray the ball.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The neatest thing about the course is its history/age. It is a relatively nice course for a municipal course...and could be excellent with better care. The heat of late summer beats up this hilly terrain. If you are a walker, you'll get a bit of a workout, as it is pretty rare to have a level lie on this course.... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I checked the Waveland website and it says course was built in 1901. Overland Golf Course in Denver was opened in 1895.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

this course is tough but fun. You had better know how to hit uphill/downhill lies and it better go straight or your PROV-1 is on the freeway heading west....

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Luang Prabang
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

The best municipal golf course I've ever seen. You will need a motorized cart to handle the hills unless you are in top physical condition.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

This is an old and amazing golf course. There are some hills, so rent a cart.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

The course ranger was very rude. I've played golf for about 12 years and worked at 2 courses so I'm not clueless when it comes to slow play. I would very much recognize it if we were slowing up the pace. But we weren't and the ranger harassed us for about 4 holes straight until we finally asked if he... More 

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