GOLF GREENS: New Course Prompts Development

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Trying to fit a round of golf into people’s schedule is the push behind a new development in Des Moines.

The 18-hole course at Woodland Hills has been around since 1928. Now owners are making an addition — an executive nine golf course.

“Some of the obstacles that keep people from getting into the game are time, it’s a busy life, people have time constraints,” says Woodland Hills’ Director of Golf Ken Norland.

The project will also have 80 lots for homes just off Northeast 66th, that’s south of Ankeny. Construction starts this summer.

The course is designed to be played in 70 minutes or less for beginners and veterans.

“Part of what we’re doing here is to promote enjoyment and growth in the game of golf in the city of Des Moines and surrounding areas. And in order to do that we felt there was a gap in the market, and that gap is an executive nine golf course, much like we’re building right now,” says Norland.

The new Woodland Hills Executive Nine is set to open next fall.