This was posted (by me) to teh intertoobs on Jul 3 1997. I'll forget to post it here in 2 months, so this 10-year retrospective is a little early.
Des Moines Course Update
Des Moines and Burbs
The course in Altoona has been refurbished. The layout has
been redesigned to be a 12-hole course. The old baskets have
been replaced by DISCatchers. Tee pads will go in soon. This
course is pretty wide open with some elevation changes. The
average hole length is 357'. Three holes over 400'. Two holes
under 300'. This "new" course is a great addition to the area
and is worth your time to play.
Margo Frankel is open again. The baskets had been removed in
order to let the grass, wildflowers, and trees recover a bit.
The course looks great. An elevated, terraced, putting green
has been added to hole 5 (which is closed for a couple more weeks
to let the sod take hold). Margo is a fairly short, tight course
with lots of trees and some good elevation changes.
Walnut Ridge is gone. The Margo baskets had been on loan to
Walnut. We still have permission to put the course in permanently,
but we need private funds to pay for the equipment. This was a
great, long, wide open course. We look forward to getting it
for good in the next year.
Grandview is getting close. We have raised the money for the
equipment and will be ordering (probably) within the next week.
Installation should follow closely. This will be a really nice
18 hole course through mature trees and some elevation changes.
Ankeny is being expanded from 9 to 18 holes. The current 9 has
Mach IIIs with nice tee pads. Look for more of the same on the
new 9. I believe the baskets are already on order, so look for
installation in the next couple of months.
Urbandale is still under construction (new sewer line). It should
be ready to play by August or September.
The short, well-equipped Huxley course continues to draw new players.
Maxwell has a new 9 hole Mach III course. It's not bad at all for
what they had to work with. It should draw new players as well.
The 12-hole course in Madrid continues to be a cult favorite and a
regular stop for the Des Moines Disc Golf League.
Ames is getting an 18 hole Mach III course. The equipment should
be on order (now that it's July and the money is available). Look
for installation in the next couple of months.
The Newton 9-hole course continues to be a favorite of many area
golfers. This beautiful course is a regular stop for the Des
Moines Disc Golf League.
Well, that's all I can think of for now. That's 11 courses (here
or coming soon) within 1 hour drive from my house (and I live in
extreme SouthWest Des Moines; someone more northerly could reach
them all in 45 minutes or less). I guess it's easy to see, when
you couple that with the great courses in Oskaloosa, Iowa City,
Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls/Waterloo, and the rest of the state, why
Scott Stokely recently called Iowa one of "the Disc Golf Meccas".