The Preserve on Rathbun Lake

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4.0
13
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.8
70.6%
Recommend this course
10 out of 13 reviews
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3.8
4
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.8
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
50.0%
Recommend this course
2 out of 4 reviews
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Average Rating
3.8
5
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
60.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 5 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6987
Slope 129
Rating 73.2
Type Resort
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The Preserve on Rathbun Lake
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6987 yards 73.2 129
Green 72 6598 yards 71.2 128
White 72 6269 yards 69.8 124
Gold 72 5826 yards 67.9 114
Gold (W) 72 5826 yards 73.1 125
Red (W) 72 5254 yards 69.6 118
Scorecard for Rathbun Lake
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
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
Handicap 1 7 5 11 3 9 15 13 17 14 18 16 8 4 6 2 12 10
Par 5 5 3 4 5 4 3 4 3 36 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 36 72

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
13
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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
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
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
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
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

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