• Father Daughter Dance Ticket Information

    Tickets for the annual Father Daughter Dance will be available for purchase online January 5. The dance will be held on February 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Science Center of Iowa. Cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. Click below for more info or to volunteer.

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  • Imagination Playschool

    Every Wednesday and Friday bring your kids to participate in Imagination Playschool. Cost is only $2.50/child for hours of fun! Participants can play with the imagination playground equipment, big wheels, kitchen play station, climbing wall & more! Participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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  • Snow Moon Snowshoe Hike

    Experience a winter full moon from a set of snowshoes. Take a walk with us to enjoy Grandview Park during winter evening. This program will be held at Grandview Park Enclosed Shelter on February 3 starting at 7pm, so dress for the weather. Cost is $5 per person which includes snowshoe rental. If there no snow, there will still be a walking hike.

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  • Banana Splits Gymnastics

    Banana Splits is for children ages 3 and older. Participants learn how to be a better listener, improve motor skills and concentration. Kids can play with a balance beam, climbing wall, tumbling mats, agility equipment, Imagination Playground equipment & more. Cost is only $2.50/child for hours of fun!

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  • Snow Shoe through the Sculptures

    There are two "Snow Shoeing in the Sculpture Park" events scheduled, guided by Jill Featherstone, Des Moines Art Center Director of Education. Register online for January 12 and/or February 6. If there is no snow a regular walk will be held. Visit www.dmparks.org to sign up.

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  • Snow Moon Snowshoe Hike

    Take a walk through Grandview Park on a set of snowshoes and view the Snow Moon on a winter evening. Registration includes snowshoe rental. Dress for the weather. If there no snow, there will still be a walking hike. Click below to sign up.

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  • Afterschool Enrichment Series

    This four part series for kids in grades K-3, will be held Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:45 at the Jay Spence Shelter House. Each week will feature a different activity: Winter Birds, Snowshoeing, Hibernation and Tracks. Each session is $5. Click below to register online.

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  • Pee Wee Indoor Wiffle Ball Season Starts Soon

    Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball for kids between the ages of 3-6 years old to prepare for upcoming little league season. Cost is $25 per child and play begins March 22.

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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


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.