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Des Moines Golf and Country Club
West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Race to the CME Globe: Points
  • Format: Match Play
  • Purse:
  • Par: 72
  • History:

    The United States holds a 9-5 advantage in Solheim Cup competition.

  • Yardage: 6,894

Entering the final day of the 2015 Solheim Cup the European team lead 10-6.  The Europeans only needed four points to retain the cup which left the Americans with their work cut out for them during the singles matches.  On Sunday, the United States won eight of the dozen single matches to reclaim the Solheim Cup!  Winning 14 1/2 – 13 ½, in a dramatic comeback, this was the first win for the American’s since 2009 at Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago, Illinois.  

Countdown to Solheim Cup

August 14 - August 20, 2017
Des Moines Golf and Country Club | Des Moines, Iowa

Hole Description

This short, reachable par 4 looks very inviting from the tee box, but don't be fooled.When the courses first opened in 1967 this was #1 on the North course. As he has done with many of his designs Pete Dye tempts the player with a "benign" appearing opening hole. Often inducing the player to pull out their driver and swing away at the green, be forewarned, water stretches down the entire left side of the hole, tee shots finding the well bunkered right side will face a shot into a small severely pitched green (another of Pete's trademarks). A tee shot of 225 yards (green tees) will put the player in position for an approach of approximately 100 yards.
This soft dogleg left par 4 features fairway bunkering and a right to left sloping fairway placing accuracy on the player’s tee shot. The approach shot must be placed accurately into this large sloping green which features many challenging hole locations and is bunkered on the left side.
This beautiful par 3 features water, sand and a unique horseshoe shaped green. Tee shots to the large, generous front green will range from 90 to155 yards. When the pin is placed in back, the shot will range from 115 to 185 yards to a green that is half the size! 

This challenging par 5 plays into the prevailing breeze and is unreachable except for the longest of hitters. Most players will layup in two for a short to mid-iron third shot. Players who have positioned their ball to the left and short of the pin will be rewarded with a straighter, uphill putt on this long, undulating green.


The dogleg left par 4 was originally a par 5 that Pete Dye remodeled into a long par 4. A players tee shots will need to avoid the fairway bunkers on the left side of the fairway to gain the best angle of approach for a difficult second shot.


This dogleg right par 4 again plays into the prevailing wind and a players’ tee shot must avoid the fairway bunkers located on the inside of the dogleg. Player’s second shots must be accurately gauged into the long undulating green.

This shorter par 4 (typically playing downwind) will yield it's share of birdies. A tee shot of 220-240 yards will leave the player a 120-140 yard approach, the green flat by comparison to others, is guarded by a trademark Dye bunker in front, deep and unforgiving!
This hole remains almost exactly as Pete designed it, a 130-180 yd. par 3, with an offset opening on the left and a green that flows left to right. The depth of the green (35 yards) is hidden by the top lip of the front bunker.
Only the longest of hitters will reach this dogleg left par 5. Most players will try to favor the right side of this heavily contoured fairway in hopes of keeping their tee shot in the short grass. A second shot lay-up of 200 +/- yards should leave a third shot of approximately 110-130 yards, be watchful of the false front waiting to pull your approach shot back off the green.
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