hummmm.....posted a comment on Glen Oaks opting out, but doesn't seem to have posted to the forum. Anyway, here's info from Glen Oaks:
Dear Glen Oaks Homeowners,
After serving as the host club for the Principal Charity Classic for eleven of the past twelve years, Glen Oaks has elected not to renew its contract with the tournament at this point in time. Glen Oaks has been honored to have helped build the tradition and success associated with the Principal Charity Golf Classic. We thank Principal, the PGA, Bruno Event Team, and the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation for working with us to pass the torch to another venue within central Iowa. We would also like to thank the Glen Oaks Membership, staff, and Homeowners Association for their tremendous support. Glen Oaks will do all that we can to ensure a smooth and seamless transition that benefits all the event’s many constituents, including the players, spectators, and of course, the numerous charities that receive proceeds from this popular community event. I assure you this decision has had many hours of discussion and was not taken lightly. Due to Principal’s strong commitment the tournament’s rich tradition and the tremendous community support, we believe the Classic will continue its success well into the future.
Interesting now to speculate which course might take up the tourney. Makes a difference to nearby hotels/restaurants. Because of this, I'd love to see Wakonda CC host the tourney (boost for downtown), but I don't believe there is enough room to support the 25K fans that show up for the tourney on weekends....not to mention the corporate tents.
I'd have to say Des Moines CC is the odds on favorate. Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City didn't fair well the one time they hosted, so I think they're out. Not sure if any other metro courses are of PGA caliber.