5th, Bandon Dunes

Davenport Country Club

USA, Iowa
Course Opened: 1924

Founded in 1924, Davenport Country Club is a private member-owned club and features one of the premier courses in the State of Iowa. Renowned golf course architects Harry Colt and Charles Hugh Alison were selected to design the original course with Alison being the principal architect involved within the initial routing plan. The course makes dramatic use of the natural terrain and elevation, with two beautiful creeks coming into play on five holes.

From the opening day, the reputation grew quickly, and it soon became known as one of the best courses in the Midwest. The course has always been rated by Golf Digest as one of the best in the state (3rd in the state as of 2019), and the famed 16th hole has twice been awarded national recognition as an “All American Golf Hole” by Sports Illustrated magazine.

In 2014, the golf course underwent renovations to continue the great golf tradition for years to come. The course had undergone several small-scale renovations over its 90-year history. However, the focus of this major renovation delivered by the renowned golf architects, Ron Forse and Jim Nagle of Forse Golf Design, was to restore the course to its original design and playing features. To achieve this, greens needed to be expanded, tees re-positioned and rebuilt to original locations and fairway bunkers brought back into play, among many other tasks. The renovation is now a few years in the past and the course is showing the magnificent outcome of the effort and dedication put in by the team to keep this course one of the best in the state.

Extract from golf club website.


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