Fans and promoters of Iowa’s biggest golf tournament are breathing easier, tonight. The Principal Charity Classic is staying in central Iowa. Wakonda Country Club president, Jim Adrianse says, after careful consideration, the club's board jumps at the opportunity.
“To be able to be a part of this event that’s been successful for a lot of years was something we didn’t think we could pass up,” Adrianse said.
An official announcement is still forthcoming, but Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously to host the Principal Charity Classic, next June.
The tournament has been looking for a new home since being turned away by Glen Oaks Country Club, earlier this summer.
Des Moines leaders say this is a win for the city, as well.
“I know staff has worked with Wakonda and Principal officials to look at parking and start laying out some preliminary plans," said Des Moines city councilwoman, Christine Hensley, "and if you think about that in conjunction with the Hy-Vee Triathlon, there’s some great synergy between the two projects.”
Wakonda members believe their course is primed for Iowa biggest tournament.
“Within the last five years, we’ve put in all new fairways and new greens," Adrianse said,
"and we think that they’re awfully good, and some of the best in the country, and we’d sure like to see what the really good players think.”
Before turning to Wakonda, the Principal Charity Classic was first turned down by Des Moines Golf and Country Club, which had hosted the U.S. Senior Open in 1999.