on Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The 86th Annual Cedar Valley Jaycees’ Greater Waterloo Open Golf Classic is Iowa’s largest and oldest professional golf tournament. Established in 1933, the Waterloo Open (as it is commonly known) is organized and run by a volunteer committee of Cedar Valley Jaycees members, with help from the Waterloo Leisure Services department and the PGA Professionals at all three Waterloo public golf courses. Every year, the Waterloo Open hosts around 400 amateur and professional golfers from around the world. The event is free and open to the public!This year, the tournament will take place July 18th-21st, with three main events:The Pro/Sponsor event will be held on Thursday, July 18th at Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course at Byrnes Park. The Pro/Sponsor tournament is a double shotgun event that consists of approximately 60 teams that include one professional and four sponsor players. Each player plays his or her own ball on every hole, and the three low net scores on each hole are used to calculate the team score. Winners of each flight are awarded with gift certificates to the Irv Warren Memorial Pro Shop and the professionals are awarded cash prizes.The amateur tournament showcases all three of Waterloo’s public golf courses. The amateur tournament starts on Friday, July 19th. All participants play a qualifying round at Gates Park Golf Course and South Hills Golf Course on Friday and Saturday. The low 40 and ties using the combined scores at both courses have the opportunity to join their professional counterparts on Sunday at Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course for the final round. Amateurs are awarded gift certificates to the three local Pro Shops.180 professional golfers from around the world will tee it up at Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, July 19th and 20th, with their sights set on first place. The low 50 scores, plus ties, advance to Sunday’s final round.
If reading all about golf has you in the mood to swing a club or two, head on out to any of Waterloo’s municipal golf courses and give the routes a test run before the 18th! Reservations can be made at each course’s respective website or by calling, which can all be found here.