Des Moines, Iowa
About Des MoinesThrough the expression of creativity and culture, Des Moines has become a very diverse city. The Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens provide a landscaped outdoor space to explore Asian culture through stone pagodas and sculptural rock formations. The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park has over 20 different works of sculptured art, and is worth exploring for yourself.
East Village is a neighborhood that is filled with different restaurants, art galleries, specialty shops, and so much more. So much of what makes up Des Moines is expressed in East Village. There’s plenty to do, and a great place to bring the family.
After celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2001, Waveland Golf Course became the oldest municipal golf course west of the Mississippi. The course was built on wooded hillsides, and is filled with an abundance of trees to make the course tricky, so you’ll have to be accurate with your shots
Once a 9-hole course, Blank Golf Course expanded to become an 18-hole course in 1985. The golf carts have built in GPS systems to give you the exact distance of your ball to the hole. With a total of 31 sand traps and 10 water holes, Blank Golf Course is sure to bring a challenge for you and your buddies!
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Full episodes of Golf Advisor Round Trip
Ewan Porter travels down under to visit some of the best golfing destinations in Australia. Porter visits Moonah Links to play a round with 2018 Australian Senior Amateur Champion Sue Wooster. Along the way, Porter spends time meeting koala bears at the Moonlit Sanctuary and diving alongside sharks in a Melbourne aquarium. A visit to King Island leads to a tour of Cape Wickham and an Australian cheese tasting. The round trip ends with an excursion to Tanzania that includes golfing at Barnbougle and mountain biking in Derby. (2019).
Matt Ginella travels to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to visit the “seaside golf capital of the world.” During a visit to Pine Lakes Country Club, Ginella spends time with Brandon Canesi, the founder of the Hole High Foundation. Along the way, he tees it up with junior golfer Jackson Cole and hits the water at Shark Wake Park with Greg Norman Jr. Between rounds, Ginella goes fishing at Paradise Reef and enjoys some delicious tacos from Bubba’s Love Shak. The round trip ends with a visit to Pawley’s Plantation Golf and Country Club to talk music and golf with Mark Bryan. (Original air date 2018)
Matt Ginella ventures across the pond to explore the culture of golf in Ireland. After discussing the updated Adare Manor Golf Club with Andy McMahon, Ginella heads to town to listen to some traditional Irish music at Aunty Lena’s. The tour of Ireland continues with a visit to Waterville Golf Links and Ardglass Golf Club. Amidst teeing it up along the coast, Ginella makes time to try Bushmills Whiskey and visit Lahinch Golf Club, home of the 2019 Irish Open. The round trip ends with a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland to play a round with John Bamber. (Originally aired 2018)
Join Matt Ginella as he travels to Big Cedar Lodge on Golf Advisor Round Trip. Overlooking Table Rock Lake in the Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is a golf resort founded by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, boasting four courses designed by legends including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Tom Fazio. Watch Matt play with Morris’ nephew Hudson at Top of the Rock, get adventurous at Fun Mountain, go bass fishing with hall-of-famer Stacey King at Bent Hook Marina, and play Buffalo Ridge with Les Garland, the founder of MTV. Get a sneak peek at Ozarks National, designed by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, and even go bow fishing with Johnny’s son, John Paul. (Originally aired 2018)