Beaver Creek provides 27 holes of golf in the northwest portion of the Des Moines metro.
Des Moines Golf & Country Club is the premier golf facility in Iowa. Having two of the best golf courses, Golf Digest ranked the courses #2 & #3 on their most recent Iowa course list, on the same property sets it apart from the other top golf courses in the state. Expansive practice facilities and and multiple putting greens are just added bonuses. Des Moines Golf is an all around elite Country Club and comes with a matching price tag to experience all the amenities and social activities the club offers.
Located in the southwest side of the Twin Cities metro, Stonebrooke is a good option when visiting popular destinations Valley Fair and Mystic Lake Casino. Stonebrooke is a great course that is almost always in good condition and provides a unique layout. And compared to the courses close to Stonebrooke it is also a great value.
Homewood Golf Course in Ames is a pretty standard short muni course, offering very affordable golf on a easy to manage layout. The mostly flat and open terrain is very welcoming for kids and golfers new to the game. While the course is a Par 34, the yardage is well below a "standard" course.
Located across the street from the main course on the north side of Des Moines, The Executive 9 at Woodland Hills is one of the newest courses you will find in central Iowa. The mostly Par 3 layout provides a great venue for kids and beginners to get some on course experience without the difficulty and sometimes stress that comes with starting out on a packed regulation course.
Waveland is the most centrally located golf course in the Des Moines metro, located on I-235 a short distance from downtown. The central location makes Waveland easily accessible to anybody in the metro and a good option for anybody visiting Des Moines and looking to get in a quick round.
Willow Creek is located near the Des Moines Airport, just into West Des Moines. It is one of the few courses in the Des Moines metro with more than 18 holes, allowing you to mix it up each time you visit. The course location is one of the best if coming from downtown Des Moines.
Home to the Principal Charity Classic the Wakonda Club provides the right mix of Country Club experience with old Des Moines golf experience. Wakonda is about 70 years older than Glen Oaks, and almost 50 years older than the current Des Moines Country Club courses.
Wakonda has big hills, big trees and big fairways. While there is little danger of water or OB, the elevation changes and uneven lies you come across are enough to deal with.
Wakonda was #5 on a recent Golf Digest list of best courses in Iowa.
Some of the early holes are a little forgetful, and is part of the reason not many people venture to them during the PCC. The first hole that sticks out for me is #5, which is also the first Par 5. While not overly long, the tee shot landing area is pretty elevated from the tee box. For the longest hitters if you can get over that hill and catch the down slope you with have a mid-iron into the green for your second shot. The green has two tiers and is deep, finding yourself on the wrong tier will make for a difficult two putt.
Blank is one of the three Des Moines municipal courses sitting on the south side of Des Moines. Built in the 1970s, and expanded to 18 holes in the 1980s, Blank is far and away the baby of the bunch. But the youthful (relatively) course packs a punch in a variety of ways to put it over Waveland and Bright Grandview in Golf DSM's book.
Veenker is the Iowa State owned golf course located just north of the university in Ames. Veenker has a leg up on most public courses in central Iowa in that the driving range has covered and heated hitting bays to allow for year round practice. Throw in a couple putting greens and area for other short game work and it is a good place to fine tune your game.