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4.7
Value
4.7
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.2
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5.0
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4.6
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.3
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5.0
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4.6
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4.7
Value
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Layout
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Pace
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Amenities
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6614 yards
Slope 127
Rating 71.8
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Prairie Links Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Greens Bent

Rentals/Services

GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy No
Golf Simulator No
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Best of Lists

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Layout in the U.S. (2018 #7)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Iowa (2018 #1) (2017 #1)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Course Conditions in the U.S. (2017 #10)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Pace of Play in the U.S. (2017 #22)

Reviews

4.7
59 Reviews (59)
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Simply a fun course to play

Played the course earlier this summer and enjoyed it so much, decided to drive the 100 miles to play it again, this time in 20-25mph wind, and newly punched and dressed greens. This is a well maintained course, with an interesting layout, and just plain fun to play. Bring your a-game and have a blast!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

excellent experience

wonderful course out in the middle of eastern Iowa...!!
excellent value for the dollar - $36.38 with a cart...!!
would definitely play again and recommend to others...

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

The fast and furious greens.

A fun layout with challenging blind tee shots , and very fast greens that made it extra difficult. The par 4s are relatively short for the most part, so a low score is attainable, IF you have soft hands on the greens. Getting on is one thing. Putting it in the cup was another. 50/50 on if it was worth the drive. Thanks prairie links!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Iowa Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Nice Course at a Great Price

I've wanted to play Prairie Links for several years, as it's been highly rated on Golf Advisor for a long time. While my overall rating isn't a 5 star rating, I still highly recommend this golf course. Overall, the course is in excellent condition, has several intersting holes, and is very playable for all levels of golfers.

The Good:
Prairie Links is one of the best maintained courses I've seen at such a value rate. We paid $35 for 18 holes with a cart today, but the conditions felt like I'd paid significantly more. While it's been a wet spring, the fairways still had some roll to them, and the greens were true and fast.

The layout is interesting and fair. There is a lot of change in direction from hole to hole, and some elevation change. This kept me engaged and excited to see the next hole. I could see this making for quite the challenge if the wind was blowing.

The carts were all equipped with GPS, which we found to be as accurate as our range finders. In fact, I only used my range finder one time all day. This really improved pace of play.

The Average:
The choice of sand at Prairie Links was an interesting one. There are several bunkers that have a lot of pebbles in them, and some larger sized rocks. It didn't really affect the playability of the bunkers, but could nick up your wedges.

They've also recently reversed the 9s and drastically shortened the new #10. I didn't like the shortened 10th hole. It's basically a long par 3 now, but still has a par of 4. I also think I would have preferred the original routing, as the front 9 is much more challenging than the back 9. In the original routing, I think it would have been nice to build some confidence before facing the more difficult stretch of holes.

The Not So Good:
The range was problematic today. They didn't charge us for balls, but we had to shag our own to get to hit any. We solved this by having me go out and hit wedge shots back to my friends who could then hit full shots. While that was kinda fun, it was frustrating that they didn't have balls for us to hit.

Also, this is a nit, but there wasn't much food available at the turn, and I was hungry. On a Friday, I would expect more food options to be available to golfers making the turn.

Overall, Prairie Links is an excellent golf course and an excellent value. I can see why it's consistently ranked highly. I will definitely play Prairie Links again and I strongly recommend it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

windy but still lots of fun

we had a great time for our first visit to Prairie Links in Waverly. The person running the shop was friendly and helpful...telling us where to go and giving us a few tips about the course....it was nice to take the carts out to our car to load the clubs....the pace of play was amazing...right at 3 hours for 18 holes....the wind ws howling at 30 mph but it was still fun..

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Prairie Links

Awesome golf course, well maintained, fast greens. One of my favorite courses to play in Eastern Iowa.

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

Nice, but slow and terrible bunkers

Sixsomes with kids make for a long day on what could be a decent course. Bunkers are gravel with sand. Mgmt needs to tighten up on large groups and kids slowing pace.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great round

This was one of the best courses I have ever played , I'm from about 10 mins out of pinehurst nc, we have a lot of great courses NC. This course was in great shape, greens awesome, fairways were beautiful, but tight, the second cut was high, but everything over from that was really really high, probably wouldn't be able to find your ball, i highly recommend this course, I don't do reviews , but had to do this time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Really enjoyed our day.

Would play this course any time I could. Is an especially nice fall course due to the lack of trees/leaves. Nice people, well-kept course. I am older and play the yellow tees, which make the course very fair distance-wise for me. We also felt that the greens are very fair.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course is in great shape

Wow! Course is in excellent condition even with all the rain we’ve had the last three weeks.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

This course is a fun links course

This course is a gem. Great layout, fun holes with interesting challenges. I’m a single handicapper and with fairly low difficulty, this course gives you plenty of birdie chances. Awesome flat screen GPS in the carts makes for easy yardage decisions. This is one of the top public courses in the Cedar Valley and a must play for anyone looking for a great golf outing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent course with good options for tees ..Well maintained and very friendly staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course

The course has everything a golfer would want- fairways are lush, ball sets up perfectly and green are fast but fair.

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

Probably the best course in the area!

Love playing here! Always in great shape and always a nice relaxing round of golf!

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

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