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2999 Middle Rd
Bettendorf, IA  52722-3234
United States
P: (563) 332-8296
Palmer Hills Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

71 par | 6,581 yards | 131 slope

72.0 rating | Blue grass

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Palmer Hills Golf Course

The 18-hole "Palmer Hills" course at the Palmer Hills Golf Course facility in Bettendorf, Iowa features 6,581 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 72.0 and it has a slope rating of 131 on Blue grass. Designed by William J. Spear, ASGCA, the Palmer Hills golf course opened in 1974. Jon Waddell manages the course as the Golf Professional.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed June 03, 2015

Good course..not the best in the area but an okay place to shop guys are great and did a great job regripping my clubs..

like the course just isnt anythign better then average

Reviewed June 21, 2009

Golfer 6/3 must work there. Palmer is a good course but would only rank about third or fourth in the area. He is right about 15, and it does flood from time to time.. However, this being said, it is an enjoyable round, well managed and maintained. Can be very crowded, and they often send groups off the back nine ahead of other golfers, which is a pain. Like the course and the clubhouse people, but don't play it much anymore as there are better courses closer to me.

Reviewed June 03, 2009

What a cool place to play. You would think you are in Pennsylvania or Virginia with as much undulation as the entire course has. The entire course was in fantastic condition for a municipal course. The greens were reasonably fast, the fairways were full, and the rough was at a medium length.

While some of the holes are not the longest, Palmer Hills does have the biggest gimmick (BS) hole in the history of golf, the Par 5 15th. Though the score card says 538 from the back, it plays well over 600 yards. Your tee shot has to be the most accurate shot of the entire round. The tee shot needs to be no more than 170 yards or you are in a creek or in the rough with a nasty downhill lie. If you are right, you are in a lake, left in the creek as it twists its way through the course. Essentially, you have to keep the ball short of the ladies tees which are only about 150 yards away. From there it is up the hill and into the wind. It is quite odd to hit 7 iron, fairway wood, 7 iron into a Par 5. I played one ball from the Blues and one from the Reds and the hole is equally difficult as an uphill Par 4, which is what it NEEDS to be.

If you take #15 out of the mix, the rest of the course is consistent and stellar. For mid-April, the course was as green as anything I have seen. If you have not played the course, I would strongly recommend asking to join a group who has. There are plenty of places where a creek or a trap come into play without ever realizing it.

The driving range is all mats (yuck) but the clubhouse has some great gear and the restaurant is excellent, it was packed with a lunch crowd that wasn't even golfing. I walked the course, and though very undulating, wasn't too difficult.

Arguably the best public golf course in the Quad Cities area, if you take the TPC Deere Run out of the mix.

Reviewed July 18, 2008

Reviewed June 24, 2008

i love this course with the creek and its beauty of the old trees yes if u played it tomorrow it wouldn't be nice because of the resent flooding

Reviewed June 02, 2008

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Reviewed October 23, 2007

Reviewed May 20, 2007

Reviewed April 03, 2007


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Ben M. 38 54 16 08/10/07
2 JOHN M. N/A 37 37 09/01/11
3 David L. N/A 46 46 08/19/10
4 Milan D. 16 80 64 05/10/08
5 Daniel D. 13 82 69 03/20/08
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About Palmer Hills

Palmer Hills Golf Course

Golf Only facility

24 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Jon Waddell, Golf Professional
Brian Hickey, Superintendent
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