The Takeaway: Davenport is one of those clubs you want to join the instant you walk off the 18th green. One would struggle to grow weary of playing this absolute gem of a course with its masterful architecture that deserves far more recognition nationally than it gets currently. Grade A-
Designer: H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison in 1924 / Ron Forse 2014 renovation
Phone Number: (563) 332-4050
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Davenport Country Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 25500 Valley Dr, Pleasant Valley, Iowa 52767 – UNITED STATES
What to Expect: For years my expectations of golf in Iowa weren't high and so I didn't make a priority of getting to the Hawkeye State. None of the private courses were featured on national magazine Top 100 Courses in America lists and The Harvester, public for nearly its first two decades of existence, was the lone entry on any Top 100 Public Courses in America list. Having spent some time in the land of corn, I was taken back by how good the golf can be. If classic tracks like Davenport and Cedar Rapids were in New York, Chicago, or on the California coast where golden age courses are so highly revered, I'm totally convinced those courses would be household names on rankings lists and commonly among discussions on premium golf architecture. The C.H. Alison designed Davenport course sits on wonderfully undulated property with a creek that runs through the middle of it. The routing features equally great nines, though the closing three hole stretch is what garners the most attention largely due to the infamous "hole of grief" found at the 16th where Sam Snead's tee shot into the creek ended his chance of three-peating at the Western Open in 1951. The quality of the one-shotters is top shelf, the par fives are pure fun, but the thing that stands out most at Davenport Country Club is how well Alison laid the holes out on the property. The seamless transition from hole to hole and the way the fairways traverse the terrain is architectural genius that isn't commonly found. Ron Forse was summoned to restore and renovate the course which was completed in 2014 with care and brilliance. As more people discover this gem, Iowa will quickly become a must-visit destination for golf course afishionados. Lastly, Davenport is a very pleasant walk and is certainly enjoyed at a high level that way, but carts are available as well for those that want to experience the course that way.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 16th Hole – 426 Yard Par 4 –
Best Par 3: 10th Hole – 210 Yards –
Best Par 4: 7th Hole – 426 Yards –
Best Par 5: 9th Hole – 523 Yards –
Birdie Time: 6th Hole – 353 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 2nd Hole – 545 Yard Par 5 –