This year Elmwood Country Club is celebrating its 127th anniversary along with its 103-year-old golf course. The Course at Elmwood, a Tom Bendelow design, is a classic layout that was established at its current location in 1920. In 2018, the club began embarking on the process of renovating, modernizing, and most importantly restoring the golf course back to its original ideals.


See the 2020-21 Golf Master Plan.

Our 18 hole, par 70 course is known for always being in great shape and providing both an excellent challenge for the skilled player as well as a fun and friendly atmosphere for the every day player.


If you are interested in scheduling a lesson with PGA Professional Jay Giannetto, please contact the Pro Shop to schedule

Golf at Elmwood is a year-round pursuit. During the off season, our members enjoy the The Learning Studio, which has a state of the art simulator and launch monitor.


Reservations must be made 24 Hours in advance. Contact Jay if reservation adjustments must be made.

As most communities across the United States have struggled to support similar nostalgic country clubs, Elmwood Country Club has not been immune from some of those same challenges. However, late in 2019 the Elmwood Board of Directors began to shake things up and make some big changes to create a resurgence at Elmwood! Today, the four key components are all in place and the resurgence has rightfully begun.

The first key component was getting a great golf professional to become the latest in a great line of golf professionals at Elmwood. Dating back to the fall of 1952, Elmwood Country Club has been home to two of the best golf grofessionals in the country.

Joe August 1952-1985

Joe August came to Marshalltown in the fall of 1952 after spending a combined six years working as an assistant club pro at Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago and as the club pro at Minnesota Valley in Minneapolis. Joe had graduated from Libertyville High School in Illinois and then went on to the University of Illinois on a football-golf scholarship before he became a golf professional. At Elmwood, Joe was tournament director of the State Best Ball which was held at Elmwood for 30 plus years. He was also tournament director for the Women’s Amateur Open and the Men’s State Tournament. Joe was President of the Iowa PGA for three terms starting in 1961. He was also named Iowa Section PGA Pro of the Year on two separate occasions. In 1988 Joe was the first PGA Pro inducted into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame. He also held one of the best caddy programs in the state.

Jerry Johnson 1986-2015

When Joe August retired in the fall of 1985, Jerry Johnson, a 1968 graduate of Marshalltown High School, lettering in football, basketball, baseball and golf, took over as the head pro at Elmwood. Jerry played collegiate golf at Eastern New Mexico University and the University of Iowa and then worked as a PGA Professional in Mason City, Iowa and Galesburg, Illinois before coming to Elmwood. Jerry was named the Golf Professional of the Year in 1990 and he gave significant time to teach area high school golf teams and P.E. classes in proper swing execution and golf etiquette. He also helped to implement the Swings with Kids program in Marshalltown schools.

Jay Giannetto 2015-Present

After winning the Iowa Golf Association’s PGA Professional of the year in 2014, Jay Giannetto took over as the Golf Professional at Elmwood upon the retirement of Jerry Johnson. Jay was born and raised in Marshalltown and as a junior at MHS he was a member of the 1998 State Championship golf team, where Jay finished third. In Jay’s senior year at MHS, the Bobcats finished second by one stroke. Jay said, “Winning the 1998 State Championship was special for a lot of reasons. My dad, Tony Giannetto, had been coaching golf at MHS for years. The teams had always been successful, but they’d never won a championship. There were a lot of good junior players in Marshalltown throughout my time in high school and these players pushed each other to get better. To be a member of the first state championship and to do it with my dad as the coach, just made it so special.”

After high school, Jay went on to become an All-American at Indian Hills Community College before he played for the Mississippi State golf team from 2002 to 2004. After college, Jay turned pro and worked part time at the Newton Country Club until he took a position at Ames Golf and Country Club in 2006. Jay became the head professional at Ames in 2009.

Jay is married to Brandi (Jansen) Giannetto who was also a member of the MHS class of 2000. They have 5 children and when Jay was offered the Elmwood position he said, “I jumped all over it! Elmwood has always been such a special place to me and I’m excited to be here. It has been special having our kids be so close to their grandparents and cousins.”

Jay also said, “I have played golf all over the country and there is no golf course that I enjoy more than playing Elmwood. The course has so much character and it provides a fantastic golf experience to players of all ability levels. As a young person my fondest memories are from the long days spent at Elmwood. We’d play 18 holes in the morning, eat lunch, swim at the pool, and then more golf. It was a great environment for kids and it still is today. Playing golf with my dad throughout those years brings back extremely fond memories.”

Jay continued, “Elmwood has always been a great club. My dream is that it becomes regarded as one of the best clubs in Iowa. It has the bones to be just that! We have an extremely talented, hardworking and knowledgeable superintendent in David Eichhorn and a wonderful Executive Chef. The future looks bright!”

The Jay Giannetto Pro Shop at Elmwood Country Club proudly offers the latest in golf fashions as well as golf equipment and accessories. Our professional staff would also love to assist you with any of your personal or corporate apparel needs by personalizing apparel, hats or any other gear with the Elmwood logo or your own corporate branding.

Pro Shop Service Pricing for 2024

Cart Rental:

$12 Per Seat Per 9 holes

Golf Car Packages:

40 – 18 Hole Round Season Rental ~ $635 + tax (20% Savings)

Unlimited Golf Car Package ~ $975 + tax



Individual Private Lessons:

Non-Member $90

Member $75

Junior (Under 15) $50

Series of 3 Lessons:

Non-Member $225

Member $195

Junior (Under 15) $130

Coaching Package (7 Lessons)

Available to Members Only


Larger lesson packages are available upon request or recommendation.

Club Storage and Cleaning:

Adult Bag $120 + tax

Dependent Bag $75 + tax (No Cleaning)

Dependents of Adult Bag Storer $50 + tax (No Cleaning)

Push Cart Storage $40 + tax

USGA Handicap Service:

Adult ~ $40 + Tax

Juniors ~ Free

Practice Balls:

Small Bag: $4.00

Large Bag: $6.00

Season Range Membership:

Single: $150

Double Family: $175

Full Family: $200

Guest Fee Pricing:

18 Holes ~ $60.00 (+ tax)

9 Holes ~ $35.00 (+ tax)

Guest Fees For Direct Family Relatives:

18 Holes ~ $40.00 (+ tax)

9 Holes ~ $25.00 (+ tax)

Non-Members inside a 25 mile radius may play as a guest twice through September, excluding special events. Non-Members can play 2 more times from October 1st until the course closes for the season. Beginning October 1st until the course closes on weekdays and weekends the guest fee will be 18 Holes $30.00 (+tax) and 9 Holes $18.00 (+tax)

Reciprocal Clubs

Ames Golf & Country Club

Bos Landen Golf Club

Burlington Golf Club

Carroll Country Club

Cedar Rapids Country Club

Fort Dodge Country Club

Geneva Country Club

Indianola Country Club

Lake Panorama National

Pinnacle Country Club

Rice Lake Country Club

Sunnyside Country Club

The Ridge

Thunder Hills Country Club

All Reciprocal Reservations must be made by the PGA Professional or designated staff at each corresponding facility.


Golf Events


Wednesday, April 3rd

Men’s Spring Golf Meeting

6:30pm in the Dining Room

Tuesday, April 9

MHS Dual Golf Meet

Front 9 Closed from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Wednesday, April 10

Master’s Par 3 Challenge

Tuesday, April 16

E.L.G.A. Meet & Greet

6:00pm in Bendelows

Saturday, April 20

IOWA PGA Spring Junior Open

Sunday, April 21

Kick-Off Best Shot

1:00pm Tee Times

Tuesday, April 23

MHS Dual Golf Meet

Front 9 Closed from 3:30pm to 5:30pm


Friday, May 3


First Tee Closed until 2:00pm

Saturday, May 4


First Tee Closed until 2:00pm

Monday, May 6

IOWA PGA Match Play Championship Day 1

Golf Course Closed

Tuesday, May 7

IOWA PGA Match Play Championship Day 2

1st Tee Opens at 1:00pm

Tuesday, May 7

E.L.G.A. Opening Mixer

5:00pm Shotgun Start

Thursday, May 9

Thursday Night Men’s League Opening Night

Tuesday, May 21

E.L.G.A. Mixer

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Event & Shootout

9:00am Shotgun

Friday, May 31

Murder Mystery Couples Twilight

5:30pm Shotgun Start

FootJoy Trunk Show


Saturday, June 1

Sr./Jr. Cup

9:00am Shotgun Start

Saturday, June 15

Ladies Member Guest

Golf Course Closed Until 6:00pm

Tuesday, June 18

ELGA Mixer

5:30pm Shotgun Start

Friday, June 21

Couples Twilight

5:30pm Shotgun Start

Saturday, June 22

Beat The Pros

Saturday, June 29

Men’s Club Championship

Day 1

Sunday, June 30

Men’s Club Championship

Day 2

Ladies Club Championship


Thursday, July 4

Flag Event All Day

Tuesday, July 9

E.L.G.A. Mixer

5:30pm Shotgun Start

Friday, July 12

Couples Twilight

5:30pm Shotgun Start

Thursday, July 18

Elmwood Invitational Practice Rounds

Course Closed All Day

Friday, July 19

Elmwood Invitational Day 1

Course Closed All Day

Saturday, July 20

Elmwood Invitational Day 2

Course Closed All Day

Tuesday, July 23

ELGA Mixer

5:30pm Shotgun Start

Friday, July 26

PGA Junior League Match @ Elmwood

Back 9 Closed Until Noon

Saturday, July 27

Men’s Senior Club Championship

Tee Times begin at 9:00am

Sunday, July 28

Family Best Shot

1:00pm Shotgun Start


Saturday, August 3

City Championship First Round

Tuesday, August 6

“3 Gals and a Hunk” ELGA Mixer

5:30pm Shotgun Start

Friday, August 9

Emerson Golf Outing

Schedule TBA

Friday, August 16

Chamber Golf Day

Golf Course Closed until 3:00pm

Saturday, August 17

Men’s Stag Alternate Shot

4:00pm Shotgun Start

Monday, August 19

Lennox/Quakerdale Dealer Warm-Up

Golf Course Closed from 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Tuesday, August 20

Lennox/Quakerdale Pro-Am

Golf Course Closed All Day

Thursday, August 22

Men’s League Closing Night

Saturday, August 24

“The Classic” Day 1

First Tee Closed Until 2:00pm

Sunday, August 25

“The Classic Day 2”

First Tee Closed Until 2:00pm

Tuesday, August 27

E.L.G.A. Closing Mixer

5:00pm Shotgun Start

Thursday, August 29

Men’s League Final

Friday, August 30

Caddyshack Twilight

6:00pm Shotgun Start


Monday, September 2

Fall Classic

9:00am Shotgun Start

Wednesday, September 4

Cy-Hawk Challenge

5:30pm Shotgun Start

Friday, September 6

Emerson Ryder Cup

Golf Course Closed until 4:00pm

Tuesday, September 10

Emerson Impact Event

Golf Course Closed at 12:00pm

Tuesday, September 17


First Tee Closed Until Noon

Wednesday, September 18


First Tee Closed Until Noon

Thursday, September 19

Joe August Invitational

Golf Course Closed Until 5:00pm

Friday, September 20

Final Twilight

5:30pm Shotgun Start

Wednesday, September 25

Emerson WIN Golf Outing

Golf Course Hours TBA

Originally founded in 1896 as the Marshalltown Country Club, Elmwood is proud of its rich history serving central Iowa. Its first nine holes were built along the Iowa River and due to prominent flooding and poorly draining soils, the decision was made to relocate the club around 1918. The land selected sits on the southern side of town and features many rolling Hills in two streams. The new course was laid out by one of America’s greatest golf pioneers, Thomas M. Bendelow. Bendelow used the rolling terrain to his advantage, when designing Elmwood, by making the player focus on how they would hit every tee shot. Play the percentages and hit safely two spots could leave yourself blind approaches with deep bunkers or be aggressive and have short wedges into greens if drives were executed in the fairways. At 5750 yards the course was defined by these choices and execution as well as the green complexes.

In 2017 the club embarked on the path to restore, renovate, and modernize the club course. Already many fairways have been widened, collection areas around the greens have been implemented and several new tees have been built, the back 9 greens have been regrassed and much more is planned to ensure Elmwood will be a blast to play for years to come. The longest set of tees currently play at 6100 yards and once again requires precise shots into greens to score well. New strategically placed bunkers will challenge players of all skill levels and wide inviting fairways allow paths and angles for all to navigate throughout the round. The current Master plan is on schedule to be completed by the year 2024.

We welcome everyone out for a round of golf and to see what Elmwood has to offer!

Pro Shop Hours when course is open:

Monday ~ 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday thru Friday ~ 8:00am to 6:00pm

Saturday & Sunday ~ 7:00am to 7:00pm

Note: Club Storage/Cleaning and Golf Car Rental will be provided until dusk 7 days a week.

Driving Range Hours:

Monday 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:00am to 7:00pm

Wednesday & Sunday 7:00am to 6:00pm (Closing Early to Clean Pick the Range)

Golf Car Rules and Etiquette:

  • Must be 16 years of age and have a valid driver license to drive a golf car
  • Golf Cars must use cart paths whenever available.
  • We require that golf cars always remain 30 feet from greens and tees.
  • Golf cars should NEVER be driven through native areas.
  • We allow a maximum of 3 golf cars per group.

Rules Governing the use of the course:

  • All members and guests are required to check in at the Pro Shop.
  • The golf course shall be open at all times to men, ladies and dependents except for special events, tournaments or of the discretion of the Golf Professional and Superintendent.
  • All play must begin on hole #1 unless otherwise directed by the professional staff.

All Season Spikeless Golf Shoe Policy:

  • Golf Shoes with metal spikes are not allowed anytime on the course. Only golf shoes with alternative spikes are allowed.
Special Events:
  • Twilight golf events are held periodically throughout the summer months on Fridays beginning at 5:30pm. Play is restricted to Twilight golfers only after 5:30pm.
  • Throughout the golfing season, the course may be used for Special Golf Events or Tournaments. These events are usually scheduled far enough in advance that notice will be made to the membership.

Pace of Play:

  • Groups are expected to play at a pace of 2 hours per 9 Holes of play.
  • Groups of more than 4 are allowed with Pro Shop approval.
  • These groups MUST adhere to the pace of play policy and once again, we will only allow a maximum of 3 golf cars per group.

Appropriate Golf attire must be worn at all times on the golf course:

Men: Shirts with a collar, sleeves and no gym shorts

Women: Shirts with a collar, and appropriate short, skirt or pant

*Note that if it is sold in the Pro Shop it may be worn on the Golf Course*

Welcome to the Elmwood Ladies Golf Association. 2023 ELGA dues are $40. Your dues will go towards weekly prizes when we are not hosting other ELGA events. (Mixers)

Weekly we will have the following game for ELGA members…

  • 9 & 18 Hole Low Gross
  • 9 & 18 Hole Low Net
  • 9 & 18 Hole Fewest Putts
  • Golf Course Flag Prizes

Below is our “Mixer” (Best Shot) schedule…

  • April 23 ~ Meet and Greet in the Dining Room
  • May 7 ~ Opening Mixer
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 9 ~ Legion Exchange Mixer
  • July 23
  • August 6 ~ 3 Gals & A Hunk
  • August 27 ~ Closing Mixer

Elmwood Ladies Member Guest

Saturday, June 15

Entry Fee: $160 Per Team

Ladies Member Guest Schedule:

11:00am ~ 12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm ~ 18 Hole Division Shotgun Start

5:30 to 6:30pm ~ Cocktail Hour

6:30pm ~ Dinner and Awards

Elmwood Country Club is the place to be if you want to learn the game of golf. Through our instructional topics and schedule of events we will help your junior develop their understanding of the game while promoting an exciting, fun and competitive atmosphere. Our juniors are our priority, for they are the future of the Club.

The Price for the Junior Golf Program is $75 per Junior which includes all lessons and the Junior Club Championship Entry Fee.

Junior Golf Dates and Times

  • Tuesday, June 4th Introduction to the FUNdamendals
  • Wednesday, June 5th Short Game Putting
  • Thursday, June 6th Short Game Chipping
  • Friday, June 7th Full Swing Irons
  • Friday, July 12th JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONHSIP with awards at the pool following play
  • Age 10-11 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Age 7-9 9:30am to 10:30am
  • Age 12-14 8:00am to 9:00am
  • Junior League Practice 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Tiny Tigers

The Tiny Tigers Program is an early start program designed to educate and entertain our future golfers, by providing a basic introduction to the game of golf. The program is open to member’s children and grandchildren 4 to 6 years of age.

The price for Tiny Tigers is $25 per Junior

Age 4-6 12:00pm to 12:30pm

June 4th: Intro & Putting
June 5th: Chipping
July 6th: Full Swing

PGA Jr. League brings family and friends together around fun, team golf experiences with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals.

Boys and girls of all backgrounds and skill levels learn and play together in a supportive, two-person scramble format that encourages mentorship, builds confidence and promotes sportsmanship.

With 60,000 participants in 2021 – and Ambassadors including Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson – PGA Jr. League has wide-ranging appeal for both youth and their parents.

PGA Junior League Dates

Practice Dates (Practices are from 1:00pm -2:00pm)

Tuesday, June 11

Tuesday, June 18

Tuesday, June 25

Tuesday, July 2

Tuesday, July 9

Tuesday, July 16

Competition Dates

All events start at 8:00am

June 21st @ Veenker

June 28th @ Briarwood

July 26th @ Elmwood

August 2nd Final @ Veenker

CLICK HERE to register for the 2024 PGA Junior League Season. Our password is ElmwoodCC.

Players MUST BE AGE 10 – 13 years old to participate in our league. The price to participate in the PGA Junior League is $299.00 per Junior and that includes practices, uniforms, matches and player kit.

(Participants must be a dependent of a member.)