View of The Preserve at Rathbun Lake golf course near Honey Creek Resort from the tee

Golf at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake

Tee off at our 18-hole championship golf course: The Preserve on Rathbun Lake.

Temporary Seasonal Closure

Honey Creek Resort is now temporarily closed for the winter season. We will be closed through March 31, 2021 (except for March 25-27; we will be open on these three dates), and re-opening on April 1, 2021.

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We appreciate your understanding, and look forward to returning to full operation.

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The Preserve is designed to suit golfers of every age and skill level, and also offers PGA golf lessons and club fittings. With a perfect blend of great golf and natural landscapes, the 7,000-yard course meanders through scenic prairie and oak savannas, and is Audubon-certified in recognition of its sustainable practices. With five sets of tees, carts with the latest in GPS technology, and unmatched guest service, The Preserve is sure to provide you with an exceptional golfing experience.

Make it a weekend with a golf package and treat the family with all there is to do at Honey Creek Resort.

The Preserve is a proud member of the Iowa Golf Association. It has been ranked as #3 Best Iowa Golf Course for 2020 by, as well as #5 in Iowa for Best Public Golf Courses, and has also been recognized in Golf Digest's Best New Public Courses of 2009, Golf Magazine's 2009 Best New Courses, and Golf Inc.'s Developments of the Year.

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Appropriate Attire

When golfing at The Preserve, please observe the following dress code requirements:

  • Shirt with collar (tee shirt or polo; no tank tops)
  • Golf appropriate shorts (jeans ok during the off season; no cut-offs or swim shorts)
  • Golf appropriate footwear (golf shoes or tennis shoes; no boots or flip-flops)

Free Golf With Your Overnight Stay

The Preserve on Rathbun Lake golf course is a part of Honey Creek Resort. Extend your golf trip with an overnight stay and take advantage of free golf for all ages.

Are you staying at Honey Creek Resort, and want to hit the links before check-in at 4 p.m.? Start playing on the day of your arrival at Honey Creek Resort as soon as the times listed below:

  • May 21 - October 31, 2020: Any time after noon

$5 Golf is Now Available Through Youth on Course

Youth on Course is a new program for juniors ages 6-18 from the Iowa Golf Association. There is an annual membership fee of $15, and once the junior is a member it is only $5 to play at participating courses in Iowa. The Preserve is just one of the many courses available to this program. Golf for $5 Monday-Friday anytime, from March 1 - November 1.

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Darin L. Fisher, PGA Director of Golf

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Stay-and-Play Golf Packages

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The championship golf course at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake

Daily Golf Rates

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Sunset overlooking the greens at The Preserve on Rathbun lake in Iowa

Season Passes & Punch Cards

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A hole on The Preserve on Rathbun Lake's 18-hole golf course at Honey Creek Resort

PGA Instruction

Whatever your skill level, you can learn from customized, one-on-one instruction from an experienced PGA instructor.

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Beautiful course for Iowa golf tournament play at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake at Honey Creek Resort

Tournament Schedule

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Golden morning light on a golf green at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake at Honey Creek Resort

Golf Hole Sponsorship

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