The Hyperion Field Club golf course was constructed in 1907 under the direction of golf course architect, Tom Bendelow. The greens were originally established with Highland and Washington bent grasses obtained vegetatively from other golf courses. Many of those original greens remain today. In the late sixties and early seventies the tees were converted from bluegrass to Penncross bentgrass, and in 1988 the fairways were converted to Penneagle bent grass.
In 1992, the club initiated work on a golf course master plan designed by golf course architect, Bob Lohmann. This plan contains various projects to update the golf course. Many of the green surrounds have been updated with new mounding and sand bunkers, new tees were constructed to accommodate a 4 tee system, the 12th green was rebuilt, and a pond was added on the 9th hole and the 14th hole was completely rebuilt. In 2001, a state of the art irrigation system was installed. The club has completed 80% of the work scheduled on the master plan and intends to continue until the work is completed.
A map of the master plan design is available in each locker room and the golf shop. Hyperion’s setting on a hillside overlooking Des Moines, allows us to open the golf course early in the spring and enables the course to drain quickly after a rain. There are very few days in the season when we are unable to play golf.
Greens & Grounds
Hyperion is continually improving and upgrading the golf course. In 1991, Hyperion began the implementation of a golf course master plan renovation. Multiple trees were added to each hole to accommodate golfers of every ability. The sand bunkers and areas surrounding the greens have been remodeled to enhance the playability of the golf course. In 2000, two ponds with a connecting waterfall were added to the par 3, 14th Hole, making it one of the truly spectacular holes in the area. In 2002, a state of the art irrigation system with greatly expanded coverage in the rough was installed to ensure championship playing conditions from tee to green. The greens were re-grassed to T1 creeping bentgrass in 2015 and a new #12 green was constructed.
Hyperion Club’s Practice Facilities provide our members with outstanding, no-wait opportunities to improve their swing. Our driving range offers 24 tee box stations, with practice balls already there and ready to go. The practice area also includes putting greens, chipping greens, bunker areas and target greens. Come check it out!