The Preserve on Rathbun Lake
|Gold (W)||72||5826 yards||73.1||125|
|Red (W)||72||5254 yards||69.6||118|
|Black M: 73.2/129||560||520||243||420||520||420||170||410||165||3428||401||354||365||210||545||440||470||205||553||3543||6971|
|Green M: 71.2/128||535||505||207||401||511||405||162||390||153||3269||387||330||345||185||515||410||440||185||532||3329||6598|
|White M: 69.8/124||505||485||181||392||485||385||151||375||147||3106||368||312||335||160||495||395||405||168||525||3163||6269|
|Gold M: 67.9/114 W: 73.1/125||460||470||165||374||447||365||137||350||134||2902||336||285||320||140||470||360||375||148||490||2924||5826|
|Red W: 69.6/118||430||422||117||345||419||310||120||335||102||2600||314||265||305||122||430||330||335||133||420||2654||5254|
Fun layout but.....
The layout is fun and challenging enough but the course conditions left a lot to be desired. Needs TLC to be a great course and to be worth the value.
Very nice experience
Course is a very nice challenge. If you don't hit the ball decently straight, this is not a course for you. The prairie comes into play on almost every hole if you are off the beaten path and you won't find your ball. Greens were very nice and fairly fast. Fairways had some spotty areas, but not horrible.
Good and challenging course greens were rolling very true
Great challenge, and excellent greens
The course had some turf damage due to pests, otherwise it was in fantastic condition and played like a championship track. Will definitely return again!
Course is worth the drive.
Course is beautiful and links like layout very close to a 5. The grass conditions are good considering hot, dry weather. The rough swallows balls and would be improved by thinning out but fairways are quite generous. Traps could use a little work but overall this is a challenging course that is fair and playable. It is probably overlooked given location but well worth the drive. Would get more play if in metro area.
The course layout itself was exceptional, but the course was in very poor shape. Only the greens were well kept. Both fairways and tees had plenty of weeds and dead spots. The 2-3 gentlemen behind the golf desk were friendly and helpful. Great Pro shop.
Our experience however with the food counter was not very good. I don't think she wanted to be there. It was even a busy day.
All and all we would not recommend a drive down.
Third time playing this course in the past three months and have enjoyed it every time. Pace of play is always great and I mostly play as a single, but other players don't mind letting you play through. The staff are very friendly and the pro shop is well stocked. The snack bar has a good selection of various items. The heat and lack of rain recently has taken a slight toll on the grass - but the condition is in great shape considering the lack of rain.
Very nice course
It was a challenge. it was in good shape and were rewarded for good shot. Greens were fast and true. Enjoyed the scenery.
Absolutely a Hidden Gem
I golfed this course early in the morning, and they had recently had a lot of rain. Part of the course was under water, but the staff had already designated travel routes so that you still have 18 holes of quality golf. The course is absolutely beautiful for Southern Iowa. The staff was very friendly and the guys on the mower were very happy to be working there. That says a lot about a golf course. The views from the tee on almost every hole are spectacular. Greens role true, and GPS in cart gives exact distance to green and hazards. It was definitely worth the 250 mile drive for me.
The Preserve is one of the best conditioned and well run courses I've played in many years. They are literally in the middle of nowhere, so not many people know about it. It was ranked the #5 public course in all of Iowa in 2012. If you find yourself with time to kill in central Iowa, you must check this place out.