The 18-hole course at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa features 6,959 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 74.1, and it has a slope rating of 135 on Bentgrass. Designed by William B. Langford, ASGCA, the Wakonda golf course opened in 1922, with the original membership including 350 resident members.
The USGA held the NCAA tournament west of the Mississippi River for the first time in 1939. Sid Richardson was champion of the individual match play tournament and Stanford won the team championship for the second consecutive year.
The 1947 Western Amateur was held at Wakonda, with Frank Stranahan as the champion. 1963 saw Wakonda host the most prestigious golf tournament ever held at the club. The event consisted of a series of matches called the American’s Cup and then the 1963 USGA Men’s Amateur Tournament. The U.S. team won the America’s Golf Cup for the seventh straight year of the nternational tournament. Deane Beman was the USGA Amateur Tournament Champion.
Wakonda has also been home to many Pro-Am and fundraiser events. In 1975, Arnold Palmer participated in the first annual Multiple Sclerosis Exhibition, and was followed by 3,000 fans. The following summer, Jack Nicklaus gave a golf exhibition at the Club to benefit Multiple Sclerosis, which attracted more than 5,000 persons in the gallery.
The Iowa Seniors Golf Classic was held in 1987. There was no playoff, causing Gary Player and Dale Douglas to share first place money. The 1995 Iowa Amateur was held at Wakonda and was won by Mike McCoy.
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