Best in State
The best golf courses in Iowa
For a state its size and its location, Iowa saw more than its share of the profession's top designers pass through in the 1910s and 20s. Donald Ross, Charles Alison, Tom Bendelow, William Langford and Perry Maxwell all built courses in the state, many of which evolved into treelined parkland courses that would feel at home in Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis or Minneapolis. It's a modern course, however—Keith Foster's sprawling Harvester between Des Moines and Cedar Rapids—that best captures the essence of the open Iowa landscape with broad, billowing fairways that ride though fields of wavy grasses.
Below you'll find our 2023-'24 ranking of the Best Golf Courses in Iowa.
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Cedar Rapids, IA
Des Moines, IA
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