Looking to get outside and get your golf on this fall? Fortunately, Iowa has no shortage of expansive and well-kept golf courses all across the state that are sure to serve as the perfect backdrop for your next sporty adventure. These are the best Iowa golf courses to tee off and perfect your swing at this fall.
Spirit Hollow Golf Club
The Spirit Hollow Golf Club earned the ranking as the “No. 1 Best Course You Can Play in Iowa” by Golfweek, so it only felt right that it was at the top of this list. Beyond a gorgeous putting green that’s perfect for amateurs and pros alike, the picturesque lot also features cozy lodge- and cabin-style room accommodations, a casual dining space, and a golf academy that aims to empower the next generation of golfers. For more information, visit www.spirithollowgolfcourse.com.
The Legacy Golf Club
When it comes to the most pristine, well-maintained and just generally most enjoyable golf courses in Iowa, it’s impossible not to acknowledge The Legacy Golf Club. This course combines the best of both worlds, with a residential feel that’s perfect for locals, as well as a back route that provides a proper glimpse into the state’s lush countryside. For more information, visit www.thelegacygolfclub.com.
Practice your golf swing and get a gorgeous glimpse of Downtown Des Moines in the process—that’s the kind of all-inclusive experience that’s offered on a trip to the Wakonda Club. The 18-hole course is consistently ranked as one of the best in the entire state for its metro-style energy and challenging terrain layout. For more information, visit www.wakondaclub.com.
Tournament Club of Iowa
While all of Iowa’s golf courses are unique in their own right, the Tournament Club of Iowa is especially cool—with the certification as being the only Arnold Palmer Signature Course in the state of Iowa. Talk about a stamp of approval! For more information, visit www.tcofiowa.com.
The Ridge Golf Club
The Ridge Golf Club might not have the same sort of history and stature as other courses throughout Iowa, but make no mistake—this Northwest Iowa gem is the place to be for golfers who enjoy fast greens, precision golf techniques and the chance to compete in one of Iowa’s most charismatic environments. For more information, visit www.siouxcenterridge.com.
Bent Tree Golf Course
Located right alongside Council Bluffs is Bent Tree Golf Course—a classic-style course that’s hailed for its smooth terrain, unwavering views and greens so vibrant, they look as if they go one for miles. While the entire course provides plenty of experience and memories, it’s the finishing hole that’s most unique and known for tripping up even the most professional of golfers. For more information, visit www.benttreegolfcb.com.
Waveland Golf Course
The Waveland Golf Course is certainly one of Iowa’s most unique courses—known for its parkland-style build and refreshingly close proximity to the heart of Des Moines (allowing even the weariest of travelers to stop by and tee off at a couple of holes). The course also boasts plenty of tree-lined fairways, so it’s the prime spot to really sharpen your putt. For more information, visit www.golfwaveland.com.
Honey Creek Golf Club
Located near Ledges State Park is Honey Creek Golf Club—an extremely photogenic course that features world-class views, an entertaining landscape, and a golf course that’s as easy to navigate as it is affordable to tee off at. For more information, visit www.golfhoneycreekiowa.com.
Blue Top Ridge
Blue Top Ridge Golf Course has long attracted locals and tourists to Iowa alike—mostly for having the longest hole in the entire state but for the picturesque surroundings, too. The course is a part of the Riverside Casino & Resort, so visitors can enjoy a wide array of activities on the property—including everything from gambling, indulging in some local cuisine and more. For more information, visit www.bluetopridge.com.
Amana Colonies Golf Club
Amana Colonies Golf Club isn’t just a premier golfing destination in Iowa—it’s also been hailed as one of the best golf courses in the entire country by publications like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. The 18-hole course features stunning views of the surrounding habitat, all of which have been carefully preserved to maintain the natural shape of the land and pay homage to Iowa’s thriving wildlife scene. For more information, visit www.amanagolf.com.