• Superhero and Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run!

    The Superhero and Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run on October 18 will definitely bring out your inner superhero! Racers are encouraged to run, walk or fly in their favorite action hero or princess costume. Sign up for the 5K before October 6 for just $25. Fees for the Kids Fun Run is just $10 per child (ages 3-12).

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  • Youth Basketball Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce our new Youth Basketball League, sponsored by Scheels and developed in partnership with Des Moines Public Schools. Separate leagues are available for boys & girls, each offering divisions 1st - 7th grades. Cost is $450/team or $50/child. Registration ends Oct. 10.

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  • Book Your Tee Time!

    Every Saturday & Sunday for the remainder of the 2014 golf season, you can play on the area’s first SoccerGolf course at Bright Grandview Golf Course from Noon – 4:00pm. Green fees are $12/person & soccer balls rent for $3 each. Carts are available for an additional fee. Contact Bright Grandview for more info & to book your tee time.

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  • Bags Fall Tournament Main Window

    Bags isn't just for tailgating anymore! Sign up for the Des Moines Bags League Fall Tournament before October 10. Cost is only $10 per team of two adults (ages 18+). Tournament will be held at Bright Grandview Golf Course (inside or outside clubhouse) on November 8.

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  • Monarch Tagging

    Join us and learn about Monarch Butterflies and their migration. We'll catch some in our nets, tag and release them. All ages are welcome to attend this free event.

    9/22 - Franklin Community Garden, 9:00am

    9/25 - Sargent Park Natural Playscape, 3:30pm

    9/27 - Ewing Park, 1:00pm

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  • Yoga in the Park

    Yoga in the Park, presented by Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is back again . We invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake. The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 7 through September 27.

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  • Taekwondo Special

    Join Taekwondo for just $1 during the month of September.

    At Pioneer Columbus Community Center take Taekwondo - Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm, ages 7 years and up. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Pee Wee 4-6 years old. Cost is $50 monthly, $1 for the month of September. For more information call 248-6316.

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  • Take a Walk in the Park

    In conjunction with the Healthiest State Initiative, we invite residents to take a "Walk in the Park" on October 8, starting at 6:00am at Gray's Lake. Participate in the 4th annual Healthiest State Walk. Click the link below to join.

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A. H. BLANK GOLF COURSE


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A. H. Blank Golf Course


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

www.golfblank.com/


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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.