• Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

    On April 19, join us for the 2014 Mayor's Annual Ride AND Run for Trails. In addition to the ride, a 5k run has been added to the day's events. Fees are: $30 per adult, $5 for children ages 5 - 17, children 4 & younger are free. Participate in both the ride and run for an additional $5.

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  • Early Bird Season Pool Passes Available Online!

    New in 2014, season pool passes are available for purchase online. Purchase yours during the month of April at a discounted early bird rate. Individual - $40, First two in family - $75, First three in family - $100, First four in family - $120, Each additional person over four in family - $5.

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  • Swimming Lesson Registration Now Open!

    Online registration for swimming lessons is now available. Class sizes are restricted and registration is first come first served. In order to get your preferred class, dates and/or times sign up online starting today at 8:00 a.m.

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  • Kite Festival

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting Kite Fest on May 17 at Gray's Lake from 2:00 - 4:00pm. Register online by May 13. Cost is only $5. Fee includes a kite to assemble, flying instructions and hours of kite flying fun! Click the link below to sign up today!

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  • Summer Bags League Registration

    Register now for the Summer Des Moines Bags League! The league will play at the Hub Spot. Teams of 2 adults (18+) compete on Wednesday nights for 6 weeks plus a tournament. League play begins June 4. Cost is $35 per team.

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  • Seasonal Employment Opportunities

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers many different seasonal employment opportunities in three divisions: Aquatics, Parks/Buildings and Recreation. To view all current openings please click the link below.

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WAVELAND GOLF COURSE

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Waveland Golf Course


4908 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50311
(515) 248-6302

 

The golf course is open for sledding and also cross country skiing from sunrise to sunset whenever the ground is uniformly frozen and there's a minimum of four inches of snow pack on the hills.  This standard assures that sledding does not cause costly damage to the golf course turf.

 

New this year the Waveland's Clubhouse will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for food and beverages.

 


Layout and Yardage 


Waveland Golf Course celebrates 100 years in 2001!  It is the oldest municipal golf course west of the Mississippi.  This 18 hole course was built in 1901 and has a traditional layout.  Waveland, probably the nicest municipal course in the state of Iowa, is located at 4908 University Avenue in Des Moines.


The feature that sets Waveland apart from the other two Des Moines public courses is the incredible amount of slope.  The entire course is built on wooded hillsides.  The trees are mature, a given for a course of this age.  As expected, a golfer needs to be accurate at Waveland.  The course isn't overwhelmingly long but continuous play in the trees might make it feel that way.  For men, the course measures just over 6500 yards.  Even with the difficulty of the course there are still over 40,000 rounds of golf played at Waveland annually.


Many people consider hole number three, sometimes referred to as "The Tunnel", to be the toughest at Waveland.  There are trees and water to the right of the tee and a deep valley between you and the green.  A golfer must deal with water a second time before reaching the green, guarded by trees on both sides.


The greens are in excellent condition, but tend to be on the fast side and are often difficult to read.  Sand traps are limited, due to the amount of hills and trees.  The fairways are fully irrigated, but the grass sometimes suffers due to the lay of the land.  Along with the trees, the rough is relatively high.  It often fills the space in between the fairways which may frustrate those with a hook or slice in their shot.


Approximately 70 percent of Waveland golfers utilize one of the course's 72 golf carts which is understandable considering the hilly terrain.  Don't get discouraged if you don't master this course right away.  Even experienced golfers who attempt this difficult layout for the first time feel frustrated. 


The clubhouse is a vintage 1940's red brick building.  It has excellent food and a full banquet hall and pro shop.  The clubhouse has a calming and pleasant atmosphere, ideal for chatting with fellow golfers or checking out the newest equipment.