Destination Guide

Destination: Southern Illinois

Way down at the southern tip of Illinois, you might be surprised to be offered grits with your meal. You might also be surprised to find that, in any given year, golf is being played year-round. Golfers itching for an early-season escape or an out-of-the-way vacation will find several other surprises in "down-state" Illinois.

First on the list of surprises is a list of close to 25 wineries. Blue Sky Vineyard and Winery in Makanda is so lovely, you might think you're in Napa Valley (try the sangria!).

Next on the list is some unexpectedly fine dining. One of the best is Christophe's at The Gambit in Vienna. An option here for groups of six to eight is reserving the Chef's Table, where for about $100 per person you enjoy a seven-course meal with seven different specially paired wines.

Opportunities for hiking, biking, hunting, camping, and fishing abound in and around Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park and Cave-in Rock State Park (where the movie "How the West Was Won" was filmed). The Cache River is excellent for canoeing.

Antique stores are plentiful, and the largest collection of them is in Benton Square in Benton. Makanda is home to a small but vibrant artist colony. The Southern Illinois Miners minor league baseball team, whose excellent stadium is in Marion, has been a boon to the local economy. In Carbondale, the Southern Illinois University Salukis are also a perennial powerhouse in NCAA Division I basketball and baseball, and Division II football. At the very southern tip of the state, you'll find Metropolis, home of both Superman and Harrah's Metropolis riverboat casino and hotel.

Golf courses include Hickory Ridge Golf Center, Stone Creek Golf Club in Makanda, Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion, Crab Orchard Golf Club in Carterville, and The Gambit Golf Club in Vienna.

These golf courses have in common incredible value, and friendly Southern-style service you just won't find at most courses in and around big cities. For these reasons, golfers are beginning to flock to the area from not only nearby St. Louis, but also Indianapolis and Chicago.

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Orchards Golf Club
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Belleville $14
Far Oaks Golf Club
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Caseyville $16
Mystic Oak Golf Course
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Waterloo $15
Clinton Hill Golf Course
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Belleville $10
Acorns Golf Links
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Waterloo $16
Gateway National Golf Links
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Madison $23.35
Stonewolf Golf Club
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Fairview Heights $21.65
Greenview Golf Club
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Centralia $15
Fairfield Golf Club
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Columbia $13
Governor's Run Golf Course
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Carlyle $25
Grand Marais Golf Course
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Centreville $10
The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University
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Lebanon $10
Jackson Country Club
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Murphysboro $10
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Cahokia $10
Governor's Run Par-3 Golf Course
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Carlyle $25
Crab Orchard Golf Club
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Carterville $13
Salem Country Club
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Salem $10
Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center
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Carbondale $16
Yorktown Golf Course
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Belleville $7
Annbriar Golf Course
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Waterloo $14.95
White Oak Golf Course at Marissa Recreation Area Marissa $25
Indian Hills Golf Course Mount Vernon $22
Lawrence County Country Club Lawrenceville $30
Twin Oaks Golf Club Greenville $11
Metropolis Country Club Metropolis $30
McLeansboro Golf Course McLeansboro $10
South/East at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
Green Hills Golf Club Mount Vernon $30
Waterloo Country Club Waterloo $10
Richland Country Club Olney $19 - $35
Carlyle Lake Golf Club Carlyle $18
Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course Okawville $32
River Lakes Golf Course Columbia $20
Sunset Hills Country Club Edwardsville $51
Midland Hills Golf Course Makanda $13
Union County Country Club Anna $15
Indian Mounds Golf Club Fairmont City $12
Benton Country Club Benton $20
Hardin County Golf Course Cave in Rock $5
Legacy Golf Course Granite City $18
Pyramid Oaks Golf Course Percy $15
Summertime Nine Golf Course Salem $10
West/South at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
Saline County Golf & Country Club Eldorado $22
Colonial Golf Course Sandoval $21
Kokopelli Golf Club Marion $29
Saint Clair Country Club Belleville $69
Sparta Country Club Sparta $28
Shawnee Hills Country Club Harrisburg $16
Carmi Country Club Carmi $18
East/West at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
North County Country Club Red Bud $22
Meadow Woods Golf Course Centralia $13
Tamarack Country Club Shiloh $14 - $20
Pine Lakes Golf Course Energy $32
Gambit Golf Club Vienna $25
East Fork Par-3 Golf Course Olney $8
Elmwood Golf Course Belleville $11.00
Cedar Brooke Par 3 Golf Course Sumner $8
Bridges Golf Club Columbia $16 - $27
Mt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course Mount Carmel $15
Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Makanda TBA
Lake of Egypt Country Club Marion $29.50
Wayne County Golf Course Fairfield $30
Flora Golf & Country Club Flora $27
Flying M Ranch Golf Club Centralia $12
Columbia Golf Club Columbia $16 - $27
Crooked Creek Golf Links Mt Vernon $20
Bent Oak Golf Course Breese $20
Jansco's Stardust Golf & Country Club Johnston City $8
Chester Country Club Chester $20
Egyptian Country Club Mounds $20 - $30
Cardinal Creek Golf Course Scott AFB $30
Red Hawk Country Club Tamaroa $27
Arlington Greens Golf Course Granite City $25 - $31
Franklin County Country Club West Frankfort $40
Nashville Golf Course Nashville $17
Triple Lakes Golf Course Millstadt $24 - $27
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