Whistling Straits (Straits)

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Davenport Country Club (Pleasant Valley, Iowa)

Davenport Country Club logo Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Rankings:  3rd       71st      

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-

Quick Facts

Designer:  H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison in 1924 / Ron Forse 2014 renovation

Cost:  Private

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

Photos:  See additional photos of Davenport Country Club

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

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 70 6755 73.3 133
Blue 71 6422 71.7 130
White 71 6136 70.4 126
White/Silver 71 5646 67.8 121
Silver 71 5292 65.8 116
Silver/Gold (Women) 71 5087 69.4 118
Gold (Women) 71 4867 68.2 117

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  16th Hole – 426 Yard Par 4 –

16th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)

16th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)

16th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 3:  10th Hole – 210 Yards –

10th Hole at Davenport Country Club (210 Yard Par 3)
10th Hole at Davenport Country Club (210 Yard Par 3)

10th Hole at Davenport Country Club (210 Yard Par 3)
10th Hole at Davenport Country Club (210 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  7th Hole – 426 Yards –

7th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)
7th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)

7th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)
7th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)

7th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)
7th Hole at Davenport Country Club (426 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  9th Hole – 523 Yards –

9th Hole at Davenport Country Club (523 Yard Par 5)
9th Hole at Davenport Country Club (523 Yard Par 5)

9th Hole at Davenport Country Club (523 Yard Par 5)
9th Hole at Davenport Country Club (523 Yard Par 5)

9th Hole at Davenport Country Club (523 Yard Par 5)
9th Hole at Davenport Country Club (523 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  6th Hole – 353 Yard Par 4 –

6th Hole at Davenport Country Club (353 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Davenport Country Club (353 Yard Par 4)

6th Hole at Davenport Country Club (353 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Davenport Country Club (353 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  2nd Hole – 545 Yard Par 5 –

2nd Hole at Davenport Country Club (545 Yard Par 5)
2nd Hole at Davenport Country Club (545 Yard Par 5)

2nd Hole at Davenport Country Club (545 Yard Par 5)
2nd Hole at Davenport Country Club (545 Yard Par 5)

2nd Hole at Davenport Country Club (545 Yard Par 5)
2nd Hole at Davenport Country Club (545 Yard Par 5)

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