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    Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    After the harsh winter, have many of you noticed really poor shape of greens in fairways in many of Central Iowa Golf Courses? In the past week I have been golfing at Veenker in Ames, Jester Park Golf Course near Grimes, and Waveland Golf Course in Des Moines. And of the three Waveland had the worst greens by far! I read a couple blogs about the black grass they call it because we had almost 100 straight days with either ice or snow cover on the ground and it killed much of the grass. I remember 7-8 holes on teh front 9 at Waveland that it was almost like putting on beaches, it was so hard to judge your putt/speed. Jester wasn't as in bad of shape, but it had some rough spots in the fairways which I would rather have in the fairways other than the greens. I know they are offering 5 dollars off of their fees for the shape of the course.

    Any other people here notice the same thing? I hope they get everything back on track, cause there are some great courses around here when they get fully green! I like to play Jester, as I think it is a great course and is very well maintained with an awesome driving range.



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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    Yea at Pella Country Club we have a few tee boxes completely died off and a few spots in different fairways. Luckily non of the greens got it. However the grounds keeper is a tight wad and hasn't reseeded any of the bad spots. He just keeps watering it thinking that it will just grow back.


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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    Both courses here had major damage to the fairways and a couple greens. A lot of the fairways are unplayable.



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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    Most of the courses up here in SE Minnesota seem to be decent for early spring.



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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    The Harvestor and Legacy in Norwalk are in beautiful condition. I think it just depends on where you are playing.


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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    One of my golfing buddies said that if your course didn't get the winter burn then you are very lucky.


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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    Coldwater in ames is in excellent condition as well



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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    I played Woodland Hills on Saturday and it was complete crap.



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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    Briarwood is fine, woodland hills is pretty rough looking...Since the south 9 is closed they are taking sod from it and replacing the really bad spots.
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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    Anyone had a chance to golf at Grandview on the east side of Des Moines yet? I'm golfing there this weekend and hoping for better greens and fairways than the ones I've seen to date.



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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    Actually, the courses that you mentioned are all ones I've heard had some pretty bad winter kill. AH Blank was in pretty good shape last time I played it, and Indianola CC is in great shape. It's very hit and miss.


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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    From what I've seen:

    Jester - bad
    Waveland - bad
    Beaver Creek - good
    Legacy - good
    Des Moines Golf - good

    The guy at Beaver said bent grass wasn't affected by the winter kill that the other courses experienced. Judging by the places I've played he is correct. Waveland's greens were particularly bad but I haven't been there for a few weeks.



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    Re: Condition of Central Iowa Golf Courses

    I know it's not central Iowa, but I played Palmer Hills in Bettendorf this last weekend and it was in pretty good shape. Grass didn't appear dead anywhere. I also hit a few balls at Redhawk in Davenport and it looks like it's in its usual shape (which isn't very good).


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