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.
Coldwater Golf Links brings a taste of Scotland to Central Iowa with a traditional links layout. Prepare to trade in pitching out from under trees for hacking out of prairie grass. But the unique central Iowa golf experience is not the only reason you should check out Coldwater for a round.
River Valley is a short drive west of the Des Moines metro on the northern edge of Adel. This 18 hole course provides tree-lined fairways, water on several holes and a few big elevation changes which includes the memorable 18th.