I could see it ending up at Talons of Tuscany in Ankeny
The members at Glen Oaks just didn't want it anymore, they were tired of losing the course for two weeks in a short season anyway. I don't think DMG&CC really wants it either. I think Wakonda would like it, but there would be some serious logistical issues to work out.
I was told they are going to Grandview. They just updated their club house and it looks nice!
What about putting some money into Jester Park?
Des Moines Golf isn't going to happen. It would take a miracle for the membership out there to go for this. The US Senior Open was one thing but a yearly event is a completely different thing. One would think TCI would be in the running but the players favored Glen Oaks by a wide margine to TCI. If TCI gets the nod it could lead to players that regularly came to Des Moines skipping the event in the future. That can't be allowed to happen.
I like the idea of Wakonda but logistics are tough and you have to wonder if there is enough space for an event of that size.... Tents, stands, concessions, etc.... There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of available space on that course.
I think Wakonda could be pretty sweet if they closed off Park, 14th and Watrous and made a little golf village around there. They could park at Water works and bring busses down Park to the golf village. and have the grand entrance on 14th. It would definitely have more of a "Des Moines" feel at Wakonda
Logistically with parking and getting to the event and spectators, Legacy would probably be the best option, but they would have to sink a ton of money into the course and quadrouple the size of the clubhouse. Not sure thats an investment they would want to make.
Harvester and TCI are just too far from lodging, restaurants, etc to work for the players and I don't see fans wanting to make that trek.
Its gotta go to Wakonda no other courses make sense. It is one of the oldest courses in the DSM metro and has the amentities to host a venue like this. The sposnors want to keep it in Des Moines as much as possible losing it way out to the boonies will hurt attendence.
Look for them to potenitally team up with downtown for some event kickoff and the businesses near AIB for parking/shuttle services.
Attendence may drop a bit a Wakonda because it does not have as many attractions close by like a mall and stuff but it should still be a solid event.
All of this in IMO of course