The team at the Grand Falls Casino & Resort made an announcement today regarding their brand new, Rees Jones designed golf course newly titled “The Falls at Grand Falls & Casino Golf Resort.” They will be opening the doors to the public in 2015.
Originally, the hopes for the $8.9 million project was to showcase the “area’s finest golf experience” late in 2014, but as anyone living in the Sioux Empire region knows, the weather had plans of its own. A harsh winter coupled with torrential downpour rains in June washed parts of the course out on multiple occasions. With the course finally gaining its roots into the Iowa landscape, they are excited to show off this course come Spring of 2015.
“This year’s harsh winter, with little snow cover after February, allowed frost levels to permeate the soil significantly deeper than normal. Following that, we experienced a very cool and windy spring, which didn’t allow the soil to warm to germination level temperatures until late May. Then, as you all know, June brought record setting rainfall amounts, causing more setbacks,” said Director of Golf, Jason Wagamon.
They are anxious to exceed the expectations of the area come spring.
Information about the golf course:
- Par-72, yardage ranging from 5,205 to 7,100 yards with 5 sets of tees
- No green fees have been released, but they aim to stay competitive in price with the Sioux Falls
- Course features 40+ bunkers used to protect greens and provide lining to fairways
- Average green size will be roughly 6500 sq. ft. (not terribly expansive, but fair in size)
- Seeded with bent grass tees, fairways, and greens and bluegrass roughs
- 12 of the 18 holes run North/South– either into or against the prevailing wind
- The course hopes to host many events, first of which will be the 2015 Culver’s Midwest Cup Midwest Mid-Amateur Championship
- Sharon Haselhoff: General Manager
- Jason Wagamon: Director of Golf
- Tim Sheridan: Head Golf Professional
- Chris Hickman: Golf Course Superintendent
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My thoughts and observations:
- Rees Jones kept playability and game preservation at the forefront of his design philosophy
- The greens are easily accessible from the front, yet protected with penalizing misses
- Collection areas are in common miss areas for amateurs
- The green complexes have subtle undulation while still providing multiple challenging (but fair), hole locations
- Trouble appears to be long and left for many shots, a miss few high handicappers make with regularity– this should make it more playable for the average golfer
- Hole #9 may become widely accepted as many visitors’ favorite hole. It is a par-4 which wraps beautifully around the course’s main central pond
- The golf course changes dramatically from each teeing location so golfers of all skill are able to find a suitable test for their game
- The course is designed to play firm and fast, so the ability to use the ground to one’s advantage will be a valuable asset to golfers.
- If the greens run at a 10 or 11 for the stimpmeter, they will be very fun to putt– subtle slopes with some large swales and tiers.
- The waterfall seen from the casino–and located on the right hand side of the finishing par-3, 18th hole– is beautiful.
Stay posted this fall as we will be bringing footage from the golf course!