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    The Mayor's Annual Ride and Run will be held on April 18, with all proceeds benefiting the restoration of the Jackson Street Bridge. The run starts at 8 a.m. with the ride following at 10 am. Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for ages 5-18. New this year, purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a $2000 voucher towards the purchase of Giant brand bikes at Bike World.

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  • Barney Blast Registration Ends March 8

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the inaugural Blarney Blast tournament to be held March 14-15 at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex. Registration ends March 8 for the double elimination men’s and coed tournament and it will cost each team $105 to participate.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lifeguard

    For those 15 and up, this three day class will train participants in the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Class will be held at Lincoln High School 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $100 per person.

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  • Don't Miss Out on Kickball Season

    This recreational adult coed league begins play in ay with game times from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Coed teams field ten players (5 men/5 women) ages 18 and over and play a 7-game schedule, one game a week, at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex (4980 NE 46th Street).

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  • Pee Wee Oudoor Soccer Registration

    This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere. Registration for Coed Pee Wee Outdoor Soccer is now open through March 20. Cost is $40 per child for a 6-week schedule. Click the link below for more info.

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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.