• 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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  • Gray's Lake Access Information

    Preperations for this year's Hy-Vee Triathlon (Aug.30-Aug.31) will affect access to Gray's Lake Park starting Aug. 24. The park, trail and concession stand will remain open. No boat rentals will be allowed during the events. Click the link below to view the schedule of areas impacted.

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    Map of Affected Areas

  • 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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  • Doggie Dive

    This is an opportunity for dogs and their owners to celebrate the last day of the pool season. Dogs must be accompanied by their owners at all times.

    Cost is $4 per dog. Regular admission fees apply for all dog owners and family members.

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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 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 22

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  • Co-Ed Indoor Pee Wee Soccer Registration

    Sign up your child for Co-Ed Indoor Pee Wee Soccer now through September 2. Two age divisions are offered, 3-4 year olds and 5-6 year olds. Cost is only $40 per child for this six week program. Click the link below for more details and to sign up online.

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WAVELAND GOLF COURSE


Golf Bench Purchase Program

Waveland Golf Course


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

www.golfwaveland.com/

 

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.