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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6670 yards
Slope 116
Rating 71.4

Course Details

Year Built 1968
Fairways Bluegrass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Herman Thompson

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

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3.0
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When I first moved to Iowa, I played Gardner golf course all the time. It had been a few years since I last played here, and due to recent storms, the course looked a bit different since the last time I played, with some tree loss.

Gardner is a par 72 that plays 6670 yards from the back tees. I've always found it plays longer than the yardage due to numerous uphill approach shots, especially on the back 9. I recommend teeing it forward at Gardner, which will make for a more fun round!

The condition at Gardner is about what you'd expect from a municipally owned golf course. The course isn't in bad condition, but it's not in good condition either. The greens putt pretty slowly and don't hold golf shots that well, so plan for some roll out on your approaches. The fairways are in good shape, but you can tell they aren't mowed as often as needed.

The layout isn't a push over, but it is repetitive and leaves a bit to be desired. There are a couple of shorter par 5s that are gettable, but there aren't any really short par 4s, and the par 3s aren't easy. Most of the holes run, generally in a North to South direction, so it's a lot of back and forth. Additionally 3 of the 4 par 3s are similar length with uphill tee shots.

I do recommend Gardner. It's a good value at $18 to walk on a weekday. They have 10 minute tee times so the pace is usually good too.

My favorite hole is the par 4 12th. It's a medium length par 4 that doglegs left. A good, aggressive drive can give you a short iron or wedge into the sheltered green. This is also the prettiest hole on the course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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