Spotlight

PrairieView Golf Club - 6th hole

PrairieView Golf Club: Scenery, meticulous conditioning and value come together in Byron

Owned and operated by the Byron Forest Preserve District, PrairieView Golf Club sprawls across gently rolling hills dappled with native prairie grasses and wildflowers. The landscape lends itself to a variety of holes from some that are tight and tree lined to others that are wide open with a links-style design.
... full article »

Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 1st tee

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa's three 18-hole courses boast beauty and bite

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is the original Illinois golf resort, and it's still the king. Led by the popular General Course, the links here strike the perfect balance between challenge and fun, so that golfers will return year after year. Kiel Christianson has more from Galena.
... full article »

Shepherd's Crook Golf Course

Shepherd's Crook G.C. in Zion delivers a pure round of golf

Located in Zion, just miles from the Wisconsin border, Shepherd's Crook Golf Course treasures the traditions of Scotland. It's not a true links course, but it pays homage to those gems across the Atlantic. There's not much to Shepherd's Crook except the course itself -- and that's all you need.
... full article »

Feature Stories

Reviews

Illinois Golf Destinations

  • Peoria

    It speaks volumes about your city when it has become a metaphor for wholesome Americana. Just a few hours from Chicago, Peoria is full of small-town charm and Midwestern flavor packed into a suddenly bustling metropolis. Naturally, golfers have plenty of options here, including standouts Quail Meadows Golf Course and WeaverRidge G.C.

    The 18-hole Coyote Creek Golf Club in Bartonville, IL is a public golf course that opened in 2001. Coyote Creek Golf Club measures 6701 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130 and a 71.
    The 18-hole Eighteen Hole at Howard D. Kellogg Golf Course in Peoria, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1972. Eighteen Hole at Howard D. Kellogg Golf Course measures 6775 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 71.
    The 18-hole Parkview Golf Course in Pekin, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1920. Designed by Fritz Woll, Parkview Golf Course measures 6002 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 102 and a 66.4 USGA rating. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Galena

    Located on the banks of the Galena River, Galena boasts rolling hills, scenic roads, historic charm and a quaint, old-fashioned Main Street. The city also offers 10 beautiful golf courses within a 20-mile radius including the award-winning Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa and Galena Golf Club.

    The 18-hole Lake Carroll Golf Course in Lanark, IL is a semi-private golf course. Lake Carroll Golf Course measures 6477 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 126 and a 71.2 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Southern Illinois

    Golfers itching for an early-season escape or an out-of-the-way vacation will find several other surprises in "down-state" Illinois. In addition to a 12-month golf season, the courses here have in common incredible value, and friendly Southern-style service you just won't find in and around big cities.

    The Orchards Golf Club in Belleville offers an 18-hole championship course designed by Belleville native and former Masters winner Bob Goalby. With four sets of tees, the course appeals to a wide range of skill levels. The golf course has an interesting and diverse mix of holes, with the seventh through the 14th being a particularly notable stretch.
    Mystic Oak Golf Course in Waterloo has a diverse layout that seems to play a little differently each time you're on it. The layout features long, winding fairways and gently sloping greens, which are framed by a slew of strategically placed bunkers.
    The 18-hole Acorns Golf Links in Waterloo, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by William Ebeler, Acorns Golf Links measures 6701 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 125 and a 72.3 USGA rating. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Chicago

    It's a special town that shares the love of Frank Sinatra, the Blues Brothers and Michael Jordan, but Chicago is just that: special. From Wrigley Field to the Lincoln Park Zoo to the Navy Pier, the Windy City offers something for the entire family. Golfers will have a blast in Chicago, with its abundance and diversity of public golf courses.

    Blackstone Golf Club is one of the hidden gems of Chicagoland golf courses. It has one of the most natural landscapes of any course in the area thanks to the incorporation of more than 26 acres of environmentally protected wetlands. Half of the course is routed through dense forests of oak and hickory trees while the other half stretches across lush, open meadows. The wetlands come into play on 13 holes.
    The 18-hole Mt Prospect Golf Club in Mount Prospect, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1929. Mt Prospect Golf Club measures 6305 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 135 and a 70.3 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    Bonnie Brook Golf Course, known amongst locals as simply "The Brook," is one of the most popular public courses on the North Shore. It has even been ranked as one of the top 50 public golf courses in the Chicagoland area. Designed in 1926 by James Foulis, the course has a classic feel to it with challenges that have withstood the test of time.
  • Quad Cities

    Looking for a "sure bet" on a Midwest destination? You might want to roll the dice on The Quad Cities – Moline and Rock Island, Ill., and Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa. Standout golf courses include the TPC at Deere Run, Emeis Municipal Golf Course, Byron Hills, Highland Park C.C., and Glynn's Creek.

    With a convenient location that is easily accessible from any of the quad cities, Indian Bluff is one of the premier golfing destinations for both eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The 18-hole golf course offers a challenging but fair round that players of all skill levels can enjoy.
    Hillcrest Event Center's Champion Executive Golf Course manages the difficult double task of helping new players improve while challenging experienced golfers. The course features irrigated greens, blue grass fairways and the perfect number of water hazards.
    The 18-hole Kewanee Dunes in Kewanee, IL is a private golf course that opened in 1911. Designed by Tom bendelow and William J. Spear, Kewanee Dunes measures 6731 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 120 and a 71.
  • Bloomington-Normal

    Golfers in Bloomington-Normal are abnormally blessed with affordable, quality golf, along with a host of other entertainment options. You can't hardly swing a rusty sand wedge without hitting a great course at a great price. Standouts here include Weibring Golf Club, home of the Illinois State Redbirds; The Den at Fox Creek, probably the lowest priced Arnold Palmer design anywhere; Highland Park; Ironwood; and Prairie Vista.

    The 18-hole Wolf Creek Golf Club in Pontiac, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1970. Wolf Creek Golf Club measures 6637 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 119 and a 70.1 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, Den at Fox Creek measures 6926 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 128 and a 72.
    The 18-hole Pontiac Elks Country Club in Pontiac, IL is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1919. Pontiac Elks Country Club measures 6804 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 132 and a 73.0 USGA rating. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • St. Louis

    Sure, St. Louis is in Missouri, but this border city is close enough to Illinois that five southern Illinois counties make up the Metro East suburbs of St. Louis. Golfers have a lot to choose from here, including Emerald Greens Golf Course, Gateway National, and Stonewolf Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus design.

    The 18-hole Acorns Golf Links in Waterloo, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by William Ebeler, Acorns Golf Links measures 6701 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 125 and a 72.3 USGA rating. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    Formerly known as the Players Club at St. Louis, Crescent Farms Golf Club has undergone more than just a name change with a major course renovation that included lengthening the fairways and reconstructing the bentgrass greens. The course has a parkland layout with mature trees lining the fairways and plenty of water coming into play throughout. There are also numerous strategically placed bunkers that appear along the greensides. Golfers will come across several risk-reward opportunities where good course management and accuracy are the key.
    The Orchards Golf Club in Belleville offers an 18-hole championship course designed by Belleville native and former Masters winner Bob Goalby. With four sets of tees, the course appeals to a wide range of skill levels. The golf course has an interesting and diverse mix of holes, with the seventh through the 14th being a particularly notable stretch.
  • Champaign-Urbana

    Champaign-Urbana or Urbana-Champaign? Locals just call it Chambana. Whatever you call it, bargain-priced yet quality golf courses abound. The University of Illinois Orange and Blue courses are home of the perennial Big 10 powerhouse men's team. Stone Creek in Urbana is the most expensive in the area, but also the best groomed. Other area standouts include Brookhill and Willow Pond in Rantoul; Lake of the Woods in Mahomet; RailSide in Gibson City; and Ironhorse in Tuscola.

    The 18-hole Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1999. Designed by Dick Nugent and Tim Nugent, Stone Creek Golf Club measures 7118 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 131 and a 74.
    The 18-hole Willow Pond Golf Course in Rantoul, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1955. Designed by Brent Wadsworth, Willow Pond Golf Course measures 6826 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 115 and a 71.
    The 9-hole Legends of Champaign in Champaign, IL is a public golf course that opened in 2008. Legends of Champaign measures 1489 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Springfield-Decatur

    Springfield, Illinois is where Abraham Lincoln made his name as a lawyer and politician, and it's where he lies at rest today. Not only does Springfield claim this most revered of native sons, it also boasts (along with nearby Decatur) a bevy of excellent public-access golf courses and lots to do off the course as well.

    Red Tail Run Golf Club is situated on the south side of Decatur, Ill. The course stretches across open, gently rolling land where the bird that the club was named after, the Red Tail Hawk, circles freely overhead. Designed by PGA Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd, the golf course features large, undulating greens and wide, rolling fairways.
    Scovill Golf Course is the most visited Decatur Park District facility by out-of-town golfers. The target-style layout has often been called a shotmaker's course where you can triple bogey just as easily as you can get a birdie or an eagle.
    Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur is one of central Illinois' most popular courses. It has a player-friendly layout that appeals to a wide range of skill levels. The course features flat, wide fairways that make it ideal for beginners while the lengthy holes and blustery winds provide enough of a challenge for more advanced players.