About Us

Veenker Memorial Golf Course is a premier public golf facility owned and operated by the Facilities Planning & Management department at Iowa State University. VMGC was established May 12th, 1938 by George F Veenker, former ISU Athletic Director and Football Coach. Mr. Veenker had the idea to build a golf course on the ISU campus. He envisioned, and set in motion, a course to be built by the Works Progress Administration. Originally, a Perry Maxwell design, VMGC has since become one of the most talked about, demanding, challenging and fun-to-play golf courses in the Midwest. Veenker offers a full range of golfing activities for the enjoyment and benefit of Iowa State students, faculty, staff, friends of ISU, and the City of Ames.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Veenker Memorial Golf Course is to provide a championship golf facility for Iowa State students, faculty, staff and friends of the University.

Our Goals

The Veenker Memorial Golf Course operation will strive to provide:

  • supervised golf under positive and favorable circumstances to the greatest number of people at a reasonable cost.
  • the best possible turf conditions, playing conditions and operational services at a reasonable cost
  • the best possible customer service to all current and potential patrons of ISU and Veenker Golf Course
  • an ongoing dedication to the positive promotion of the game of golf

VMGC and/or staff are members of: USGA, IGA, NGF, GCSAA, IGCSA, PGA

Clubhouse Manager: Tess Balsley (515) 294-9493

Golf Course Manager/Superintendent: John Newton, C.G.C.S.  (515) 294-6864

Head Golf Professional: Greg Dingel (515) 294-6727


Golf Outings Welcome!

We invite your group to choose VMGC as the site for your next outing. Veenker is a great choice for the popular bestshot format. Play your first shot "safe" and the rest of your group can go for it! You can be assured of quality service, a friendly staff and an excellent golfing experience. Our staff will strive to make your event enjoyable and memorable. Contact Greg Dingel or Tess Balsley to set up your special request event today! (515) 294-6727


Services Offered

  • 18 Holes of Championship Golf including daily fees, 10 round cards, and season passes.
  • Practice Facilities including 2 tee areas, 2 putting greens, and 1 sand bunker.
  • Rental Equipment including golf carts, pull carts, practice balls, clubs and rental lockers.
  • Professional Instruction including singles, groups, camps, and clinics.
  • Golf Shop
  • Snack & Beverage Bar including hot dogs, brats, nachos, chips, fruit, assorted candies, cakes, and nuts. Coca Cola soft drink products, coffee, hot chocolate, juices and beer - draft and canned.
  • Outdoor Gathering Area
  • Re-Gripping

Available at Your Request

  • Scorekeepers, rules officials, special events (long drive, etc.)
  • Gift Certificates
  • Tee Prizes
  • Extra Beverage Carts
  • Outdoor Pavilion (for registration, awards presentations, meals, etc.)

General Rules

  • Use of non-metal spikes is required.
  • All golfers must register in the clubhouse before they play.
  • Groups are limited to no more than four players.
  • All golfers must have their own clubs.
  • All golfers should observe proper golf etiquette.
  • Absolutely no personal beverages are permitted on the premises.
  • When using golf carts, no more than two people are permitted on a cart at one time.
  • Play should be completed in a maximum of 2 hours and 15 minutes, per nine holes.
  • An adult must accompany juniors under the age of 12.
  • When making the turn form #9-#10, players are allowed a short (6 min.) break.
  • Use of range balls on the golf course is prohibited.
  • The golf course is not to be used for any other purpose than the game of golf. As a safety precaution, walkers, joggers, bikers, etc. are not allowed on course property.
  • The management reserves the right to prohibit use of the golf course by individuals who are found to continuously break course rules or destroy course property.
  • All players are expected to help maintain the course at its best by replacing divots, repairing ball marks on greens, raking sand traps after use, and disposing of waste in containers provided.
  • State law prohibits smoking on all golf course grounds and in all facilities.