Iowa City's Best Golf Courses

Golfing is leisure. Imagine you are out on a Fall afternoon with some friends, you grab a beer from the six-pack (swing oil), and step up to a beautifully raised tee looking out over a rolling green landscape. After taking a hack, you jump in the gas powered cart with cushioned seats (nope, no walking involved) and plan your next shot. Now that is relaxation. Here are three of the best places to accomplish this in Iowa City:

Finkbine Golf Course

Since Finkbine is the home course for the Iowa Hawkeye golf team, visitors will be ensured of parameters that meet Big Ten standards. However, people will be left to decide if the value is up to par, so to speak. For the general public, a weekend greens fee will run at $62 per person ($45 for the round of golf, $17 for a cart).

There is no doubt that Finkbine is in the upper echelon of area courses. “Home of the Hawkeyes” is a major draw, and it has the most exciting and legendary hole in Iowa (allegedly). No. 13 is an island hole, reminiscent of the iconic TPC Sawgrass No. 17. Except instead of one, there are two islands (being landlocked in the middle of corn country, maybe they are overcompensating). Nonetheless, is an astonishing hole, with great aesthetic quality.

If you can get over paying a little more, Finkbine might be your place.

Brown Deer Golf Club

This course is a beauty. Located just off Highway 80 near the Coralville strip, Brown Deer is speckled with picturesque landscapes, lush greenery, and an aura of luxury. It rests within a few upper-end neighborhoods, of which the houses (mansions) are awe-inspiring, and is split by the beautiful Muddy Creek. It simply feels comfortable (with a healthy dose of lavish).

The golf course itself is well groomed all around, and offers several challenging, yet playable holes. The length is not enormous, so you don’t have to be Tiger, but the placement of sand and water hazards presents opportunities for strategic play.

The rates aren’t as high as you may think. In fact, it is one of the more affordable courses in the area. A weekend greens fee with a cart is $48. Considering the comfort and conditions, that is a steal. And after your round, grab a bite to eat at Divots!, the in-house restaurant/bar.

Pleasant Valley Golf Course

The name Pleasant Valley actually refers to the garden center/greenhouse that is five minutes north of Iowa City. But the owners of this enterprise also dabble in golf. Good thing too, because the reviews for Pleasant Valley Golf Course are stellar and it is arguably the most well groomed course in Iowa.

This is also where you are likely to find the best deal on a round of golf. The greens fee for a weekend is 45$, but weekdays can find you spending as little as 30$ for eighteen holes.  

Image courtesy of Finkbine Golf Course Facebook