Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Arnold Palmer will headline the grand opening festivities introducing the Tournament Club of Iowa on August 14, 2003. This is the first Arnold Palmer Signature Course in Iowa and is located 15 miles NW of Des Moines, in Polk City.
During a clinic, Palmer will loosen up as he does for any competition, and answer questions from the invited guests. In an exhibition, Palmer will play nine holes of the 7,043 yard, par 72 Signature course with Dr. Tom Davis, Men’s Basketball Coach at Drake University. He will then hold a press conference as part of the grand opening festivities. Joining Palmer for the events, from Palmer Course Design Company will be Erik Larsen, Vice President, and the architect in charge of this project.
“We enjoy designing fun and challenging golf courses, and the Tournament Club of Iowa is truly one of our best works,” said Palmer.
Developed by Tradition Golf, LLC and Knapp Properties, and constructed by Enebak Construction, the site consists of 500 acres encompassing three inter-connected valleys that meander below the Big Creek Dam with many key design features. Centering the valley is Big Creek itself along with a handful of significant lakes. All through the property are high bluffs with ravines, stylish patches of open areas plus a saturation of heavily wooded areas. There are mature oaks, maples and lindens.
“The Tournament Club of Iowa is an exciting course with many unique features. A good mix of uphill, and downhill shots and carries over deep ravines will produce a challenging and fun round of golf for every player,” said Larsen.
Palmer Course Design is proud to announce that TCI anticipates hosting a regular stop on the PGA Champions Tour in the near future.
Palmer Course Design Company is an international golf course planning and design organization formed by Palmer and Seay over thirty years ago. The foundation of its design and business philosophy is the genuine, traditional, and sound standard of excellence exhibited by Arnold Palmer, the game’s most famous player and ambassador. Whether the course is private, public, or resort, the Palmer standard of excellence is the foundation of every design. The Palmer Course Design Company has more than 300 active projects and open golf courses, covering 36 states and 20 countries.