West Grand Golf houses a golf-practice center, an accolade-garnering mini-golf course, and a traditional driving range where Groupon-holders can use their buckets of balls during multiple visits. The well-designed practice center helps golfers tweak their short games on large putting and chipping greens surrounded by sand bunkers that devour misfired dimpled balls and rogue cacti. Thanks to the laser-measured target greens, clubheads can test how far and accurately they can tee off on a variety of even and uneven tees nestled in fairway- and sand-based conditions. West Grand Golf also illuminates the expansive range with stadium lighting, perfect for those who enjoy practicing before bedtime or members of the PGA tour's vampire league.
Sleepy Hollow Sports Park sprawls over 80 acres of fields and slopes buzzing with a variety of year-round activities, from go-karts and bumper boats to downhill sledding. The team puts together two 5K races throughout the year: the Mud Run and Beer Run. During these meticulously constructed events, Sleepy Hollow will pit runners against manmade obstacles and natural obstacles.
Being an Iowa-based company, Sleepy Hollow supports more than 300 groups annually, providing funding for causes ranging from local schools to cancer research. The park also serves as the permanent residence of the annual Des Moines Renaissance Faire and Haunted Scream Park.
Open since 1967, Putting Plus is a beloved Omaha leisure facility that brings out the inner child of adults, the inner teen of adults, and the inner golf-baller of any-aged folks. In all, there are three family-friendly miniature-golf courses ($5–$6 per course), featuring 18 holes of challenging curves, drops, water hazards, and mysterious holes that, when you reach in to retrieve your ball, cause your hand to pop out of another hole 20 yards away.
The winner of 14 professional titles, Skip Tredway is a former PGA tour member with 38 years of experience as a golf instructor. Tredway's Scoring School program causes scores to plummet by revealing tips to improve all phases of a golfer's short game, from pitching and chipping to digging friendlier hole sizes. In a 60-minute session, Skip can sharpen students' putting skills by reviewing gripping and balance techniques or improve their chipping by identifying hiccups in their swings. Diminish scores further by learning to escape bunkers using only a trained sparrow.
Keeping shots straight is the key to scoring low at Eagle Grove Golf Course. The nine-hole layout features straightaway holes lined by many trees to knock down errant shots, making things easier on golfers who specialize in bouncing shots off of tree trunks. If players can manage to keep their approaches on the short stuff, they give themselves the best shot of beating the par of 35?a tricky test even with the 2,959-yard overall length.
Cleaved through the bucolic terrain of Ledges State Park, Honey Creek Golf Club?s 18-hole course bounds over contoured terrain amid prairieland flora and mature tree lines. The challenging par 71 starts fast, with water in play on four holes on the front nine, including a forced carry on the second tee that will punish shaky swings and drivers that forgot to stretch before the round. Multiple dog-leg holes cater to players who can work their drives both ways, helping them find the bentgrass fairways and avoid the arbors and brambly prairie grass of the rough. A difficult layout for those teeing up from the back tees, the course features five tee options to make the round surmountable for players of any ability.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course
Length of 6,805 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 70.5 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 131 from the farthest tees
Five tee options
Link to scorecard