• STAR Party

    The Perseids meteor shower has been visible for more than 2,000 years. This year the Moon will be in the way and lower the viewing ability, so instead we are going to focus on the Moon and still try to see the showers. The action in the sky doesn't start until later so join us at 6:00pm for tons of fun activities.

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  • New Address

    Starting the week of August 25, our administration, maintenance and field staff will be housed in the new Municipal Service Center, located at 1551 E Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. All phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Shelter reservation and program registration will remain available online.

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  • DMBL Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers a Fall Bags League for adults ages 18 and older. Cost is $35 per two person team. Games will be played at The Hub Spot (215 Water St.) on Wednesday nights for six weeks. Register your team by September 2.

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  • Youth Flag Football Registration

    Register your child for Youth Flag Football. Two age groups are offered, children grades 1-2 and grades 3-4. Cost is $50 per child or $500 per team, which includes a game jersey to keep as well as all other equipment provided. For more information click the link below.

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  • Adult Fall Kickball Registration

    Enjoy healthy recreation and get a 'kick' from revisiting a long time favorite game from your past in our Adult Kickball League. Register your team online by August 10. Cost is $190 per team (5 men/5 women, ages 18+). League play will begin September 3. For more information click the link below.

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  • Yoga at the Plaza

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (Brenton Skating Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.

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  • Adult Fall Softball Registration

    Register now for men's and coed slow-pitch adult (ages 18+) fall softball leagues. Teams of 15 participants will play a 7-game schedule starting September 2 at various Des Moines locations. Cost is $190 per team.

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  • Adult Flag Football Registration

    Register now for Adult (ages 18+) Flag Football leagues. Cost is $200 per team (15 participants) for a 7-game schedule starting September 2, 2014. Games are played Chesterfield Park (E. 26th and Scott).

    Sign up by August 18

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A. H. BLANK GOLF COURSE


Golf Bench Purchase Program

A. H. Blank Golf Course


SW 9th & County Line Road
Des Moines, Iowa  50315
(515) 248-6300

www.golfblank.com/


Layout and Yardage 
Located at 711 County Line Road, Blank has some of the most unique features in Central Iowa.  Blank first opened in 1971 as a nine hole golf course and expanded to 18 holes in 1985.  Only one of the original nine holes still remains, but it has been improved with a beautiful pond and sand traps.  The total yardage is listed at 6700 yards, but depending on the tee placement, it can play somewhat longer.  Annually there are over 40,000 rounds of golf played at Blank.


The course offers a formidable challenge, especially on the front nine.  A lot of water and sand traps come in to play, adding to the course's difficulty.  There are 30 sand traps and 10 water holes.  The sand traps affect 14 holes with the 8th hole considered to be the most difficult.  On the 8th hole, a pond lies to the left side of the fairway with trees on the right, which requires accurate shots just to make par.  Hills play big factors on holes 11 and 12 where zoo animals often hang their heads over the fence.


Blank has implemented a "no mow" rule for much of their rough where stray shots may get lost in the high grass.  The fairways are USGA approved ranging between 25 and 35 yards in width.  The greens are always in excellent condition.  Blank has been adding trees over the course of the decade, making it a more interesting course to play.  There are plans to add 40 trees per year for the next five years. 


The Chiodo family has been running this course for many years, and there are currently three professionals on staff to aid in the USGA approved teaching station.  Blank features a full practice range and pro shop with a complete line of golf equipment.  The clubhouse provides a snack bar and banquet room that holds up to 200 people.  The banquet facility can be rented out for parties and meetings and offers a full menu to choose from.  Please call the pro shop at (515) 285-0864 for more information regarding banquets.