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Facilities Master Plan Overview
In 2020, the current Clubhouse will be 50 years old. A lot has changed about clubs in 50 years (and not just architecture).
  • Clubs are much more casual
  • They offer more outdoor dining and social space
  • Members want opportunities beyond golf
  • It is more about experience than amenities
  • Fitness is a valued component

What follows are concepts. Specifics around design, cost, final locations and timing will be the work of future committees and Boards.

Conceptual Main Level Floor Plan

Plan B was presented in December 2019. It moves the golf pro shop into the current Iowa Grille space. Current thinking is it may preserve and embrace the beloved buffet although it will move. It increases casual bar and outdoor dining seats to an amount the committee and management felt more appropriate. The plan re-purposes much of the existing square footage of the pro shop patio as well as the existing pro shop. This new plan accomplishes much more than the original plan.

As you descend from the lobby down the grille stairs the gray area is an area devoted to our golf history. It has some soft seating and is just outside the new pro shop. The new pro shop is in yellow and is a little larger than our current shop. However, without a spiral staircase in the middle of it, it will have much more functionality than the current shop.

This design does use space that is currently ladies locker room, but that space is currently very underutilized. Only about 50% of the lockers are being used and those can be accommodated in the remaining space.

The tan space adjacent to the shop is a small private room. It may be used as a ladies card room by day and will accommodate small groups at night.

The purple, blue and brown areas are all now inside casual dining. The walls on both the south and north sides for the space are designed to disappear during nice weather creating great atmosphere between indoor and outdoor dining. In this plan year-round seating is about 200 and in season when the outdoor area can be used, we will have about 250 seats. This compares to our current 132 year-round and 156 in season.

The current three-person kitchen struggles at the current level so we obviously need to increase the size of that kitchen to handle higher volume. The food service operation and the buffet will occupy the spaces shown in pink and green.


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Conceptual Lower Level Plan

While the emphasis of current plan is providing membership a bigger lower level kitchen, expanding casual dining and patio and connecting the pro shop to our main clubhouse; this plan sets the stage for the perfect spot for golf simulators that allows the club to have a year round buzz; which means revenue all winter long. No longer will we need to walk into the Range or Broheims and see many of the bays occupied by fellow members. With it's own bar, 5 simulators, and restrooms our members may never see the light of day again! Currently this space is being called Dye's Den.

This also sets the stage for a new bag and cart storage area. The current cart storage is an eye sore and it takes away from our extraordinary view. In the new plan carts would park in an underground struction.


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Conceptual Site Plan

Essentially an underground parking ramp with green grass on top of it. The "sea of carts" eye sore is gone. What is title The Lawn is over the top of bag and cart storage. With green grass on it, outdoor dining may be extended, it can serve as a practice green or as the spot where wedding photos are taken.


It's all a win/win/win/win. To recap a few of the wins:

- The lower level kitchen is expanded
- The buffet is preserved
- Casual bar and dining are expanded with the best view in the state of Iowa
 Pro shops located in the main building have increased merchandise revenue
- Year-round revenue with Dye's Den

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Conceptual Turf Care Center


An important part of the planning process is not only for member facing facilities, but also using this process to consider enhancements to facilities critical to maintaining the club.

The current maintenance facility is 32,000 square feet and is situated on the far end of the South Course.  A new facility would be positioned to the west of the West Range.  Key enhancements from this project include (1) better access to both courses (2) enhanced efficiency and capabilities and (3) the opportunity to continue to move forward on efforts around sustainability and leading practices for course health and maintenance.

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Conceptual Tennis + Fitness Center


A year-round indoor tennis and fitness facility that would include up to 5 indoor courts, 6 TO 8 outdoor courts, and dedicated pickle ball courts. Conceptually, this is a two to three story building with fitness facilities attached and offerings including yoga and other wellness type classes, cardio weights and well-appointed locker rooms.

Changes to parking provide easier access to both the pool and tennis facilities as well as easier drop off for younger tennis and swimming members. It also permits members and guests parking for golf the opportunity to be closer to the clubhouse and pro shop.

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West Des Moines, IA 50266
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