Top 3 Iowa Golf Courses Named by Golfweek Magazine Are Associated with Casino Properties!

Iowa’s commercial casinos are making news with their premier golf course offerings being touted as the top three in this year’s feature of Golf Magazine’s Best Courses You Can Play.

All three modern golf courses – Spirit Hollow (Catfish Bend Casino, Burlington), The Falls (Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, Larchwood) and Blue Top Ridge (Riverside) – tout award-winning grounds and convenient access to the casinos. Here’s how the rankings break down:

1. Spirit Hollow, Burlington


Designed by Rick Jacobson, Spirit Hollow is a 7,550-yard course with four distinct tee boxes. The more than 15,000 trees that line the fairways are a tribute to the owner’s dad, who loved forestry.

According to the course’s website, course designer Jacobson said Spirit Hollow lets golfers use every club in the bag. “Through the course, you have options to execute different shots. It’s about risk/reward. After a bogey hole, you want the option to make par and get back on track.”

The Spirit Hollow course is part of the many amenities offered by Catfish Bend Casino Inn & Spa.

Make a tee time here.

2. The Falls at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, Larchwood


Golfers looking for outstanding golf at a Vegas-style course and resort can find it at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort located near Larchwood, just south of Sioux Falls, S.D. The Falls at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort spans more than 7,100 yards and was designed by legendary course architect Rees Jones.

Upon opening the course in 2015, Rees Jones told KSFY the landscape was phenomenal and that the course was designed to give a different challenge every day. The 18-hole design provides stunning views of the Iowa countryside and includes a massive waterfall and large lake.

Make a tee time here.

3. Blue Top Ridge at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Riverside


The second Rees Jones-designed golf course on the list, Blue Top Ridge in Riverside covers more than 7,400 yards and gives golfers rewarding views from vistas that overlook two rivers, lakes and diverse terrain.

New in 2018, Blue Top Ridge is offering Fling Golf, an innovative spin on the game that is a cross between golf and lacrosse.

Make a tee time here.

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