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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.
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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.
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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.
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Illinois Golf Destinations

  • 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 9-hole Links At Ireland Grove in Bloomington, IL is a public golf course that opened in 2005. Links At Ireland Grove measures 1590 yards from the longest tees.
    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.
  • 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.

    Settler's Hill Golf Course sprawls across a diverse landscape that ranges from windswept highlands to mature woodlands. The course actually sits on the site of a former landfill but you would never be able to tell with its rolling topography that has become its signature characteristic.
    Odyssey Country Club is a challenging layout that was designed by Harry Bower and two-time U.S. Open winner Curtis Strange. This demanding layout is not exactly beginner friendly. Staying on the fairways is crucial or your ball will be met with deep rough. Water is also a prominent presence on the golf course.
    Prairie Landing Golf Club has received acclaim ever since first opening in 1995, including a four-and-a-half-star rating from Golf Digest. This West Chicago course will make you feel as though you've been transported to a seaside links course in Ireland. The prairie-style layout closely follows the tradition of classic links golf courses. Robert Trent Jones II designed the course, fully utilizing the rolling terrain.
  • 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.
    Far Oaks Golf Club in Caseyville has a unique layout with a front nine that is designed in a Scottish-links style and a back nine that plays through rolling woodlands. The links holes are framed with native prairie grasses and wildflowers while mature oak trees line the fairways on the back nine.
    Gateway National Golf Club is the top public golf course in St. Louis. The course sprawls across gently rolling pasturelands crossed with ribbons of tall native grasses and sprinkled with mature cottonwood trees. There are also several sparkling lakes that dot the course, providing challenges on several holes.
  • 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.
  • 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 Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1976. Designed by Larry Packard, Lick Creek Golf Course measures 6909 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 128 and a 72.
    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.
    The 18-hole Edgewood Park Golf Club in Mc Nabb, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1968. Edgewood Park Golf Club measures 6660 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 125 and a 71.7 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • 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.
    Fyre Lake Golf Club boasts the only Nicklaus Design golf course in the Quad Cities. Water, grass, and sand were seamlessly combined to create a diverse and challenging course. The layout features winding fairways that snake their way through mature hardwoods and the lush emerald greens contrast beautifully with the lakefront setting.
  • 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.

    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.

    Gateway National Golf Club is the top public golf course in St. Louis. The course sprawls across gently rolling pasturelands crossed with ribbons of tall native grasses and sprinkled with mature cottonwood trees. There are also several sparkling lakes that dot the course, providing challenges on several holes.
    Stonewolf Golf Club is one of only four courses designed by Jack Nicklaus in Illinois and Missouri and it is also one of his only public access designs. Nicklaus created a shotmaker's layout with a variety of different holes. He also incorporated his signature style of bunkering, which you'll remember for their shape, design, and placement.
    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.
  • 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 Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Mahomet, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1954. Designed by Robert B. Harris, Lake of the Woods Golf Course measures 6520 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 70.
    The 18-hole Railside Golf Club in Gibson City, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1993. Designed by Paul Loague, Railside Golf Club measures 6755 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 122 and a 71.6 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    Turtle Run Golf Club in Danville, Ill. is known throughout central Illinois for its beautifully maintained conditions, due in no small part to the hardworking grounds crew. The course offers four different tee lengths from Snapper, the longest at 6,771 yards, to the shortest at 5,260 yards, the Tortoise. In keeping with the theme, the other two tees are called Boxer and Softshell.