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3.8
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4.3
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4.3
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4.1
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4.8
Amenities
3.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6987 yards
Slope 129
Rating 73.2
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The Preserve on Rathbun Lake
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Course Details

Year Built 2009
Architect Kevin Norby (2009)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Reviews

4.0
17 Reviews (17)
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Nice Layout

The course had a nice fair layout and the greens were true. The sand traps were lacking sand and were wet / muddy. The staff was unhelpful and did little to promote golf as a good experience.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Greens are fast but not hard. Fairways are green and we'll maintained. Best course in area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Perfect day, perfect golf experience

Played The Preserve for the 8th time today. Drove down from Des Moines to play an early tee time by myself, and what a great time I had!

After warming up on the range, I hit the course. The Preserve starts with back-to-back par-5s, and three par-5s in the first five holes. Some won't like that, but for me, it removes any semblance of pressure. Hit your tee shot, play your second to inside 100 yards and play some easy approaches. By the time you reach the 5th, you're warmed up and ready to go for the green in two.

My round today was magical. Playing from the middle tees, I went around the front in even-par 36, and the back in 34. Of course, golf is much easier when you're on your own and not waiting, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the course conditions and weather were simply perfect -- 75 degrees with light wind when my round ended. But when you play your very best, you know the course suits you well, and this course certainly does for me.

As I mentioned, this is the 8th time I've played here, and I've grown to love this course more every time. If it's your first time, pay close attention to the GPS and maps ... and stay away from the prairie grass outside the primary rough. You'll lose your ball for sure. But good shots are rewarded here, so hit 'em straight and enjoy the solitude. There are exactly three buildings you can see from anywhere on the course ... the clubhouse, a maintenance garage, and one home. That's it. Beyond that, you're on the prairie in Iowa.

Highlight holes:
The third: A beautiful downhill par-3 that plays anywhere from 117 from the red tees to 243 from the tips. The drop is probably 50-60 feet, so you can play less club. Choose your tee box well ... it's easy to lose a ball here.

The fifth: A fun par-5 that's reachable in two. Downhill tee shot for the first 230 yards, then uphill the rest of the way to the hole. It's not only a drop-dead beautiful view, it's a FUN par-5.

The twelfth: Another downhill par-3 that gives you perhaps the best view of many great views on the course. Plays 210 from the tips and drops probably 60 feet to an enormously wide but fairly shallow putting surface that can be a challenge to hit because of the distance control required. Really fun par-3.

The thirteenth: I love this par-5. Why? Because I nearly holed my third shot today, a pitch from 57 yards, leaving me a tap-in birdie.

The sixteenth: A challenging uphill par-4 that plays 470 from the tips and has a large bunker right in the middle of the widest fairway on the course. Carry your shot straight over the bunker, and you're left with maybe 130 to the green. Go left or right of the bunker, and your approach is much longer. Very cool risk-reward par-4.

Course conditions today were absolutely amazing. Bentgrass tees, fairways and greens, all in pristine condition, give you the impression that you're playing at a much more expensive venue. Greens roll very true and moderately fast, maybe 10 or 11, so they're fun to putt. There are lots of elevation changes and interesting shots, along with some truly great views. You just can't go wrong here. Highly recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice rolling links

Course was fun and challenging. Gps wasn't working on our cart and yardage markers we're hard to find. Would play again otherwise.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good and challenging course greens were rolling very true

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful layout

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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