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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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Stonewall Orchard Golf Club

Field of dreams: Stonewall Orchard Golf Club springs from the cornfields in Grayslake, Ill.

For most golfers, it will take some planning and travel time to get to Stonewall Orchard. Good courses are worth the extra effort, however. Take the time, spend the day, enjoy the experience, and make up your own mind about that devious 18th hole. Dave Berner has more from Grayslake, Ill.
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Illinois Golf Destinations

  • 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 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.
    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.
    The 18-hole Harrison Park Golf Course in Danville, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1929. Harrison Park Golf Course measures 6148 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 119 and a 69.3 USGA rating. The course features 3 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.

    Sugar Creek Golf Course offers some of the best scenery of any course in the St. Louis area. Golfers can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from the course's elevated tees. The course opened in 1990 with several improvements made in the following years. The layout is a manageable length at just under 6,100 yards. It is player-friendly enough for beginners to approach with confidence but there are also challenges in store for more advanced players.
    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.
    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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.

    Mission Hills Country Club in Northbrook opened in 1926 and over the years it has become a local favorite. The championship golf course measures to 6,180 yards from the back tees. Although it may seem relatively short by modern standards, the layout is spread across more than 130 acres of rolling woodlands that provide a spacious feel.
    The 18-hole East at Countryside Golf Course in Mundelein, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1992. Designed by Bob Lohmann, East at Countryside Golf Course measures 6757 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 123 and a 71.
    Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, Ill. is ideally situated for a scenic round of golf. The diverse landscape flows seamlessly from lush wetlands to native prairies covered with colorful wildflowers. The layout also winds across a 100-year-old sage meadow and through forests of mature hardwoods, which serve as a home to an abundance of wildlife.
  • 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 Quail Meadows Golf Course in Washington, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1970. Quail Meadows Golf Course measures 6956 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 124 and a 72.9 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    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 9-hole Timberlake Country Club in Peoria, IL is a private golf course that opened in 1960. Designed by Gibbons, Timberlake Country Club measures 2418 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 95 and a 31.3 USGA rating. The course features 2 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.

    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.
    The 18-hole Oak Terrace Golf Course in Pana, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1991. Oak Terrace Golf Course measures 6375 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 112 and a 70.1 USGA rating. The course features 3 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 General at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is the most well known of the resort's three championship golf courses. It has been ranked as one of the top 100 courses in the country. The rolling, wooded hills provide a dramatic setting for the course. 250 feet of elevation changes provide stunning views of three different states: Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
    The 18-hole Lake Carroll Golf Course in Lanark, IL is a semi-private golf course. Lake Carroll Golf Course measures 6418 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.
  • 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.
    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.
    The 18-hole Kewanee Dunes in Kewanee, IL is a private golf course that opened in 1970. Designed by William J. Spear, Kewanee Dunes measures 6731 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 120 and a 71.8 USGA rating. The course features 4 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.

    Clinton Hill Golf Course has a classic, player-friendly layout that has been open to the public since 1970. The traditional design is gentle enough for beginners but there are still challenges in store for the more experienced golfer.
    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.
    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.