Golf Courses Near Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, located in eastern Iowa on the banks of the Cedar River, is the Hawkeye State’s second biggest city. It calls itself the “City of Five Seasons,” implying that it’s a place that encourages taking time to appreciate every season. That bodes well for golfers seeking tee times. The city boasts a trio of municipal courses: Ellis Park, the jewel of the three, features a front nine designed by the esteemed course architect William Langford in 1919; Donald K. Gardner Golf Course, which enjoys a tranquil, country setting on rolling hills; and Twin Pines Golf Course, a short and flat layout that is a good choice for families and beginners. Two other popular tee time options are St. Andrews Golf Club, a tree-lined course with water in play on 12 holes, and Airport National Public Golf Complex, a compact 27-hole, executive-style facility whose motto is “Fast, Friendly, and Fun Family Golf.” In nearby Marion, Hunters Ridge Golf Course offers tee times with chances for Hot Deals. Spread out on 400 acres with a tough back nine featuring forced carries over ponds and wetlands, Hunters Ridge tends to be favored by strong players.
Cedar Rapids is not only a big corn producing and manufacturing city, it’s also the arts and cultural hub on eastern Iowa. You’ll find excellent theater and numerous museums. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art features the largest collection of paintings by native son Grant Woods and also oversees the Grant Woods Studio. Other attractions include the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library and the Iowa Masonic Library and Museum featuring objects from colonial times, as well as from Egypt and the Samurais of Japan. Families gravitate to Ushers Ferry Historic Village, a recreation of a small Iowa town from around 1900, and to Old Macdonald’s Farm, a children’s zoo. The home games of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a minor league baseball team, are popular in summer. Local nightlife includes abundant live music venues and a craft brewery scene. There’s usually something going on in Cedar Rapids, so you may want to save some of your energy for after golf.