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The Frank Ross “Play Fore Kids” Memorial Classic

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Every once in a while we get the opportunity to be a part of something truly special and meaningful, outside of our regular day-to-day real estate world. For the past five years it has been our privilege to be an event sponsor for the Frank Ross “Play Fore Kids” Memorial Classic, an individual and cause close to our hearts.

The Frank Ross “Play Fore Kids” Memorial Classic (FRMC) is a five-year annual event honoring the work and memory of Frank Ross, benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. Frank was, most importantly a father and husband, but also a business and community leader who is deeply missed by all. As a past trustee, board president and board member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, Frank believed that individuals and organizations that have been blessed with opportunities and privilege, have an inherent responsibility to do work or contribute to organizations that work to improve the circumstance of the children of our community. This event continues this legacy in his honor and raised $235,000 this year alone and $1,000,000+ over the past 5 years!

There are two elements to the FRMC. The first is a celebration event held prior to the golf tournament where golfers, guests and supporters come together to enjoy cocktails, appetizers learn more about the important work done by Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. The second element is the golf tournament itself played on Des Moines Golf & Country Club’s newly renovated North Course. This event is firmly established as one of the premier golf events in central Iowa.



The 2015 Saturday night event, “Come Fly Away,” was a celebration truly fitting for the end of our five-year memorial event. The celebration included dinner and dancing, with a ‘rat pack’ inspired theme. Guests experienced an Italian dinner catered by Chicago’s most anticipated new restaurant, Formento’s.  



Dinner, dancing & drinks were served to 300 guests in a family-style format. Chicago’s “The Tony Ocean Band” provided the entertainment for the evening.  There was music throughout the night, with two well-timed breaks to talk about Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa and to acknowledge the loyal sponsors and golfers.


Golf and giving back were two of Frank’s passions. This event was a reflection of both. Frank served the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa for eight years before his passing; and it was with great honor that we, along with many other family, friends, and sponsors, were able to continue that commitment through this event. The Memorial Classic gala and golf tournament, in Frank’s honor, was a way for us at Ankeny Real Estate Service to celebrate this great man and his legacy with an amazing organization.

Frank's Kids

Ankeny Golf Course Options

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

We’re in the midst of PRIME golfing weather here in good old Ankeny, giving you the perfect reason to find an awesome course.  Lucky for us, we live in an area with plenty of great options for golfing greens.  Here in Ankeny, specifically, there are three courses for you to choose from.  From municipal to private, there really is something for everyone.  But just in case you aren’t familiar with your options, here’s a little run down of ANKENY GOLF COURSES for you!


Otter Creek Golf Course



This newly designed course features a links style course with multiple sets of tees at each hole, 44 bunkers, 17 ponds, and an abundance of tall grasses and moundings. Following its redesign and reopening in 2009, Otter Creek can be a great test of your game, but is ideal for those looking for a fun and playable course.  A Otter Creek features include: a double-ended driving range, practice facility, 17 ponds, well manicured fairways, and a 17,000 square foot clubhouse, which includes the Golf Shop, Tin Cup Bar & Grille, and The Pinnacle Club banquet and meeting room.


Briarwood Club Of Ankeny



Briarwood Club of Ankeny is a private golf and country club that boasts an 18-hole championship course. This par 72 course measures over 7000 yards from the tips and features bent grass fairways and four sets of tees. Although it is considered one of the top golf courses in the Midwest, it is known for its challenging yet fun layout, while maintaining an appeal to golfers of all abilities. Over the years, Briarwood has been proud to host some of the biggest tournaments in the state of Iowa, such as the Briarwood Amateur, the Allianz Sr. Qualifying Tournament, US Amateur Regional qualifier, and the Iowa Open.


Briarwood Club of Ankeny is a golf course and sports club. This facility offers golf programs for men, women and juniors. Briarwood Club of Ankeny also features a swimming pool, dining and various membership options.


Ankeny Golf and Country Club



Ankeny Golf & Country Club is a member-owned, private country club. The facility offers golf programs, pools, private lounges, a pro shop, a restaurant and a 9-hole course with watered greens, fairways, tee boxes and cart sheds for storage. Ankeny Golf & Country Club also provides space and services for weddings, banquets and special events.


Ready to look beyond Ankeny for a place to play? offers a full list of area courses, with rankings and information.

2015 Ankeny Area Summer Bucket List

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Ankeny parents everywhere, you may all breathe a collective sigh of relief right now, as we present you with the key to summer with kids!  We’ve done the work for you and created a list of fun, FAMILY FRIENDLY ANKENY AREA ACTIVITIES to keep the kids busy and your adventures exciting!


1. Fun in the Sun at Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center and Splash Park.


2. Testing the waters (including the Flowrider Surf Machine!) at Cascade Falls.


3. See a show by taking advantage of the reduced price movies at local theaters


4. Spend time with the family and see the sites at Ledges State Park.


5. The perfect spot to picnic AND enjoy art -- PapaJohn Sculpture Garden.


6.  Kirkendall Public Library summer reading program and frequent special events.


7.  Play while getting a spray at the American Legion Garden park.


8.  Another way to stay cool while burning some energy -- Dean Park in Prairie Trail.


9. Tackle Big Creek State Park’s ENORMOUS wooden playground!


10. Feed the ducks at Hawkeye Park.


11.  Take in all the fun activities of SummerFest, an Ankeny tradition.


12.  Catch a free flick on a warm summer night at Movie Under The Stars.


13. Ride the rides and see the sights at Adventureland Park.


14.  Have fun in, on, and around Gray’s Lake.


15. Enjoy the community, music, and culture brought to our town at Ankeny Unplugged.


16. Get our play on with friends and neighbors at Ankeny’s All City Play Day.

Movies Under the Stars 2015

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

If you haven’t noticed yet, we’re huge fans of all the free fun that Ankeny has to offer.  And now that our sunshine-y summer weather has finally arrived, the fun is in full force! Topping the list of our favorite free family events in town are the Movies Under The Stars presented by Veridian Credit Union.



A free event open to the public, Movies Under The Stars, gives our community a place to come together on Friday nights, take in a show, and relax under the warm summer sky.  Movie-goers are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, bug spray, snacks, and lots of excitement for, what is sure to be, an enjoyable evening. Movies Under The Stars takes place at Wagner Park Bandshell, is free to attend (have we mentioned that?!?), and beings at dusk.


So, what fabulous flicks can you expect to see?  Here’s the line-up for the rest of this season.


June 5: Frozen


June 12: The Box Trolls


June 19: Maleficent


June 26: Annie


July 17: Goonies


July 24: Planes: Fire & Rescue


July 31: Lego Movie


From the Uptown Farmer’s Market and Ankeny Unplugged, to Movies Under The Stars, this city offers fantastic options for free family fun.  Check out Ankeny’s website for more ideas and information on all the fun to be had!


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