The course isn’t long in length, but will test any golfer’s skills. Our course has tight fairways and small greens. With 3 par 3’s, 3 par 4’s, and 3 par 5’s it’s sure to be a challenge for any golfer.
Tee Shot - Long hitters may choose driver for weapon of choice. A good drive will cozy you up close to the green, but tree trouble looms both left and right on wayward drives. Many players hit a mid iron to to position themselves for a short iron second. This strategy minimizes tree trouble on the left and right side of the fairway and leaves an approach shot in the 90-150 yard range.
Second Shot - Depending on your choice of strategy of your tee shot, your second shot is either a short iron pitch to an elevated green, or a chip. There is a bunker to the back right of the green. Shots hit in the front right of the green can roll completely off the putting surface, so aim for the center.
Tee Shot - An elevated tee box stands 20-30 feet above the green, so wind is often a factor. Bail outs are towards the left half of the fairway both short and long. Missing right can put you in a small collection of trees and also presents a more difficult uphill chip as compared to chipping from the left. The number 2 green typically putts slower than any other on the course.
Tee Shot - This par 5 has a slight dogleg to the right. The crest of the hill is approximately 225 yards out. A straight shot or one shaped slightly from left to right is optimal. A miss right will put you in the trees where a punch out is common. A miss to the left can land you in "the sumac" which is a lateral one stroke hazard.
Second Shot - If you've reached the top of the hill you'll be left with a second shot of anywhere from 225 yards to 150 depending on the length of your drive. Bailout is short. Missing the green on the right side is the most dangerous as there are many trees and the terrain increasingly slopes down towards the road, with OB not too far past the trees. There is a landing area left of the green but grass conditions are usually long and growing away from the green, which makes for a tricky uphill chip.
Tee Shot - Quite possibly the signature hole on the course (and certainly the most scenic in the fall) is hole 4. This longish par 3 normally requires a mid to long iron depending on the wind. The green is mounded on both sides and in the back making chipping challenging. Bail out is short and offers a more level chip to the green. Long offers several column like evergreens to contend with. Left offers a bunker next to the green and trees as well. Missing right can also give you some tree trouble with OB to the extreme right over the fence. Hole number 4 - Par 3 - 210 yards
Tee Shot - Wind is everything on this hole. It often comes directly off the lake blowing directly into you, many times with a slight cross wind towards the right. If these conditions present themselves a low tragectory shot will prevent your ball from ballooning short or flying out of bounds into the road. When conditions are more favorable, there are bunkers to contend with, 1 short left, one skirting the left of the green, and one just short of the green on the right. The sucker pin is on the right side, so avoid the trap in front and aim to the center of the green.
Tee Shot - A blind tee shot, but straight hole. A good drive will will result in a short to mid iron. Some players prefer the left side of the fairway as the center and right side present somewhat of a side hill lie.
Second Shot - A short to mid iron approach requires some precision as this green is much wider than it is deep, and long is to be avoided at all costs. Bail out is short.
Tee Shot - Again, a blind tee shot, but straight hole. A generous fairway is lined with trees left and right. A well struck drive will result in a short to mid iron.
Second Shot - A bunker is left and one is short right which also contains some desert grass patches, adding an additional and unique challenge. A shot over the green presents a tough up and down as the rough is always thick and the shot will be sharply downhill. Bail out is short. All variables considered, this is a green light special.
Tee Shot - A drive up the the right center is preferred, but avoid the trees on the right. Trees also line the left side of the fairway. Long hitters can reach the green in two with a mid to short iron if the drive is in the right center. Drives up the left side of the fairway leave a tough 2nd shot due to the tall trees that would need to be hit over. Beware of out of bounds on the extreme right.
Second Shot - Depending on your drive, you'll be hitting anywhere from a 250 to 150 yard shot. There is a bunker just short left of the green.
Tee Shot - Trees line the left and right side of the fairway. Long hitters beware that a drive missed well right may reach out of bounds in a practice area.
Second Shot - A long iron, hybrid, or fairway wood will be needed as your second shot will range anywhere from 300 to 200 yards. Make note of the pin position before your 2nd. If you can't reach the green in two, if the pin is on the right, aim your second up the left center. Play your 2nd up the right center when the pin is on the left portion of the green.
Coming from the North on Interstate 35 take exit #194 and head West on Highway 18 for 5 Miles, you will see the course on your left take a left on Shorewood Way when you reach the stop sign take a left on Fairway Drive, follow around to the next stop sign and take a left on North Shore Drive, Clubhouse will be on your left.
Coming from the South on Interstate 35 take exit #194 and head West on Highway 18 for 5 Miles, you will see the course on your left take a left on Shorewood Way when you reach the stop sign take a left on Fairway Drive, follow around to the next stop sign and take a left on North Shore Drive, Clubhouse will be on your left.
Veterans Memorial Golf Course is recognized both regionally and nationally as one of the finest public golf courses in Iowa. Our course and clubhouse offer our guests a spectacular lakeside view and provide a venue for any occasion. From our immaculate golf course, to our newly renovated club house, to the latest technology, equipment, and apparel at our Pro Shop, Veterans Memorial is a premier Iowa golf destination.
The course at Veterans Memorial Golf Club is a 9 hole par 36 course with bluegrass fairways and greens. Tree-lined fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and several elevation changes provide golfers of all abilities a wonderful golfing experience. The course plays 3049 yards from the blue tees, with a 35 rating and slope of 112.
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