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Getting To Know: Amana Colonies Golf Club


Getting To Know: Amana Colonies Golf Club

n Insightful Interview With Stephen Kahler, PGA General Manager

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Stephen Kahler who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Amana Colonies Golf Club opened for play in 1989, and has been masterfully designed to preserve the natural features of the land. Our 18-hole championship golf course winds through 600 acres of stately white oak trees and forests.

The golf course features meandering streams, shining ponds, and striking scenery that add to the aesthetic beauty and enjoyment of the game. The golf course offers 5 sets of tees, ranging from 5,228 to 6,824 yards, designed to accommodate players of all skill levels. Many of our guests describe the course as "beautiful, breathtaking, charming, enjoyable, playable, tough, and intimidating."

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Very unique setting in a secluded and wooded area of the Amana Colonies. The beauty and challenge of the golf course is what sets it apart from any of the area golf courses. Lots of wildlife also abounds at the golf course, including deer, wild turkeys, and turtles. Golfers of all levels will enjoy a well conditioned golf course that has unmatched beauty and has been ranked in the Top 5 Public Access Courses throughout it's 25+ years of existence.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The best tips to score better around the Amana Colonies Golf Club are to keep the ball in the fairway and keep it below the hole on the greens. Fairways are pretty generous but some of the wooded ares you won't be able to play out of. The greens have pretty good slopes to them and it is best if you can putt uphill when you get on the greens.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Amana Colonies Golf Club hosted the Iowa Golf Association Men's Match Play Championship in 2014 Ranked as a Top 5 Public Access Golf Course throughout its 25+ years by Golf Digest and Golfweek Magazines

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole #2 Par 5 (522 from the Back Tees) It is an elevated tee shot to a risk reward fairway that doglegs right to left. If you can cut of the corner, you will have a shorter approach to try and reach the severely uphill green in two. The view of this hole from the green backwards is absolutely stunning, getting there is hard part.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
All of them! Amana Colonies Golf Club is a "must play" golf course!

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The local microbrewery Millstream Beer! Oldest microbrewery in Iowa and Amana Colonies Golf Club is proud to serve their IPA and Amber beers at the 19th Hole.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6824
Slope: 146
Rating: 73.6

More Information
451 27th Ave
Amana, IA, 52203 3196226222

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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