Amana Colonies Golf Club

4.7329142857 4.7 stars from 5 (28)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6824 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 72.8
  • Layout

  • 451 27th Ave, Amana, Iowa 52203, Iowa County
  • (877) 777-8757, (319) 622-6222
  • (319) 622-6373
  • www.amanagolf.com
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Year built: 1989
Architect(s): William J. Spear
Type: Public
Style: Traditional
Greens: Bent grass
Fairways: Bent grass

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Dress code: Proper golf attire preferred.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6824 yards 72.8 142
Blue 72 6540 yards 71.5 139
White 72 6194 yards 69.8 137
Gold 72 5804 yards 67.8 118
Red 72 5228 yards 69.7 115

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 28 Reviews
5 stars:
20
4 stars:
6
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

27 out of 28 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views group getaways a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes undulating greens  

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"Worth the trip to play"


billhcp9's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/26/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very scenic course Entertaining holes Always in great shape Make plans to get over to play Well worth it


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"HIDDEN GEM"


u000001765862's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

We played this course while en route to Hazeltine for the Ryder Cup. The course and its staff were awesome in every way possible. It's roughly a 4+ hour drive for me, however we will definitely be planning a 2-3 day getaway for 2017 just to stay and play this course.

If you are in the area, or traveling through the area and want to play an absolutely awesome course, please call Amana Colonies and give them your business, you won't be sorry!!! AAAAA+++++


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Sunday outing"


u176067390's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fast and friendly staff. Moved right along a scenic monster of a golf course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Must Play"


rjmuench214's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course was one of the nicest and most picturesque courses that I have played and this includes all of the courses I have played on the RTJ Golf Trail and Florida resort courses. The course has lots of carries over ravines off the tee and a wide variety of doglegs on most holes so you rarely have a full picture of the hole. The greens are immaculate and feature more break than the eye sees. This is a course where you need to keep notes on many of the holes to know where you can miss. I frequently got out to tee shots and found myself with poor lies and if I had known better I would have aimed differently off the tee or hit a shorter club.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Challenging and beautiful"


u338745052's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always enjoy playing this course even when the woods steals my golf ball. With all of the trees I think people have a tendency to get nervous when teeing it up, but once a player gets to the landing area there is a lot more room than you imagine.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"18 holes of sameness"


OBHit3's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

First off, the good:

The course is in exceptional condition. Fairways and tee boxes are well maintained, the greens run true, and the surrounding scenery/wildlife is exceptional. The natural beauty here is stunning.

Now the bad: The bunkers are a mess. Not maintained at all. Stay out of them, lest you want to hit out of holes that a guy on an excavator made last week.

Now the bizarre: Who the heck designed this thing? Every hole, and I mean EVERY hole, is uphill to a blind pin. Now, add a blind tee shot to many of these, then slope the fairway, then hide what passes for a landing area, and finally route almost all the holes in the same manner. It got to the point where we could literally describe the next hole, and the hole after that, and the hole after that. I don't think I have ever played a course that was so ridiculously designed. It is almost comical the way every hole bears a remarkable resemblance to the other 17. I wonder if the designer was upset that he couldn't make the par 3's blind off the tee, but he did his best to make them uphill.

It really is a shame, because the land is just begging for a golf course with a little bit of creativity - you know, silly things like doglegs and holes that play downhill, or holes that need a little bit of earth moved to give them a sense of individuality. I seem to be in the minority here, but I wouldn't get within 100 miles of Amana Colonies again, unless they let me play for free and let me take a nap halfway through.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/27/2016

Saying the bunkers are well maintained is simply not true. They are very inconsistent to say the least. Sometimes youll have 1/4 inch of sand, the next time 3 inches. They need to be redone quite frankly and have new 21st century tiling/drainage placed in them. That being said.. this course is still an amazing value and one of the best public tracks in the state of Iowa.


Commented on 07/27/2016

Must be upset losing a bunch of balls. You must have played after it rained. The bunkers are always kept up well. This course is unique and creative , might not set up to your shot type though. Every hole is different with lots of challenges. It's a top 3 public course in Iowa for sure.


Commented on 04/16/2016

This guy. Yes the course design can be frustrating (if you don't hit a draw) but every single par 3 is downhill. Not sure which course this person played.


"Amana golf experience"


uBRYW1357BR's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have golfed Amana golf course many times and always look forward to going back, As usual, I was NOT disappointed. It was a bit cool and some misting at the end of play but the golf was fantastic. The greens were rolling fast, probably about an 11 or 12 on the stimp, but that's part of the challenge. I love the fairway conditions but it is important to know the if you come up short on uphill approaches to the greens, don't expect the ball to bail you out and roll to the green, you have to put it on the green. I will continue to return and recommend it to anybody, but don't expect to be given any breaks on the course you have to earn them with good placement and knowing your distances with each club.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u000004752027's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

To play this great course you must be able to move the ball both ways.Very large greens so putting is at a premium.Course is in excellant condition.Loved playing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent course if at a discounted price"


Darren3928073's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course 2-3 times a year for the past 5 years. My biggest compliant about this course is that it is normally over watered, which has lead to plugged balls in the fairway and almost no run out on approach shots no matter the distance. As long as you know this about the course, you can adjust for it and it is not a major concern. The staff has been friendlier over the past couple years and pace of play is always good. Course is always in great condition but I don't view this course as a good value unless you can save 40-60% from their normal green fees.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Slow play made for a long afternoon!"


safeman's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course and facilities. Saw the ranger 2 or 3 times on the front BUT not once on the back nine. I played in a 3-some with a 2-some in front and a 4-some of terrible golfers in front of the 2-some. The 4-some didn't let the 2-some go through until the 17th hole. I had driven 90+ miles to play a great course and the back nine waiting on every shot made for a very irritating 9 holes of golf. The course was in great shape and quite challenging with almost every hole having an elevation change.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Top 3 course in C.R./IA City"


Jason7783776's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great staff and set up. Challenging, scenic and very fun course to play. Always plays soft. Always. Water stations proportionally though out. Would recommend not even thinking about walking this course. Top 3 in Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area that the public can play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Oh man Amana!"


coppersmith's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This scenic course is for the serious golfer who enjoys accuracy and precision in his shot selection. The fairways are narrow but the greens are long and wide. The course's natural beauty can also be enjoyed by the novice player who brings an extra box (not sleeve) of balls!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amana Colonies Golf Course . Well worth the drive"


ruthm48's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Four of us went to Amana Colonies for golf. Two of the foursome had played the Amana years ago and two had never been there. I is a beautiful course. Greens were in perfect condition. Fairways were wide. Rough was thick. A lot of lost balls trees and rough can be tough on your ball supply. Overall excellent and beautiful course. We will definitely return. We are from Des Moines. Well worth the drive for a day of challenging golf and comraderie.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


leboellis's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging. Narrow Fairways and blind shots to the greens. Hilly


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hills with views"


u000001939861's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played mid week and literally had the course to ourselves. This is a well maintained course that's very hilly. Good test of golf. Better have your uphill and downhill shots. Property has over 600 acres, so you don't see other holes when playing. Enjoyable round!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wonderful golf course!"


Tony8279646's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

A must play! Great layout, excellent condition, and staff is friendly and accommodating! Great value! Amazing views and plenty of wildlife in the area! I will certainly play again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hot day on the links"


Mnb4ever's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was about 80-90 degrees and the bugs were everywhere. Asked at the proshop for bugspray and was referred to four different people. Still no bug spray. Otherwise they course was great although the greens had been aerated and where not rolling true.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"beautiful course"


Big12inch's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

If there is an overall better course in Iowa, I haven't played it yet. You have every hole to yourself essentially with very few houses on the course. Tree lined fairways(oak forests on either side) make hitting fairways a must. There are few level lies and some blind shots. Not what you think of when you think of Iowa golf! Overall course is in good condition considering the long Iowa winter. I have played almost all of the Top 10 ranked Iowa courses, and Amana Colonies is still my favorite


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Challenging"


tigerhawk12's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall, the course was in pretty good shape. We went out earlier in the morning, so there was plenty of dew which made the rough extra tough. Unfortunately, they had just mowed the fairways and it left plenty of small clumps of grass throughout the fairway. You could move the clumps out of the way, but it wasn't visually appealing. The greens were in pretty good shape, but did not have much speed to them. The greens are heavily contoured though, so expect a couple of three putts. Expect to lose some balls in the trees on errant shots, but I found a ball for everyone I lost, so I broke even. Many shots will require a carry to the green, fairway, or over a hazard. Be prepared to hit from contoured fairways and uneven lies most of the day. The bunkers were exceptionally wet and packed considering they had drains. This is a tougher golf course that will not treat beginners kindly. The views and privacy are great, but extra golf balls are a must.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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