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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Clinton Hill Golf Course
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Belleville $19
Gateway National Golf Links
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Madison $15
Stonewolf Golf Club
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Fairview Heights $24
Mystic Oak Golf Course
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Waterloo $14
Acorns Golf Links
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Waterloo $22
Crab Orchard Golf Club
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Carterville $19.5
Far Oaks Golf Club
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Caseyville $24
Orchards Golf Club
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Belleville $25
The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University
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Lebanon $18 - $30
Governor's Run Par-3 Golf Course
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Carlyle $12
Stonebridge Golf Club
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Maryville $24
Governor's Run Golf Course
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Carlyle $37
Mt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course
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Mount Carmel $20
Grand Marais Golf Course
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Centreville $17
Columbia Golf Club
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Columbia $16 - $33
Twin Oaks Golf Club
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Greenville $11 - $18
White Oak Golf Course at Marissa Recreation Area
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Marissa $25
Fairfield Golf Club
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Columbia $22
Indian Hills Golf Course
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Mount Vernon $22
Annbriar Golf Course
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Waterloo $52
Bridges Golf Club
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Columbia $16 - $33
West/South at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
Crooked Creek Golf Links Mt Vernon $20
Meadow Woods Golf Course Centralia $13
River Lakes Golf Course Columbia $20
East/West at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
Sparta Country Club Sparta $28
Waterloo Country Club Waterloo $25
Metropolis Country Club Metropolis $30
Tamarack Country Club O Fallon $30
Saline County Golf & Country Club Eldorado $22
Lawrence County Country Club Lawrenceville $30
Chester Country Club Chester $20
Midland Hills Golf Course Makanda $13
Saint Clair Country Club Belleville $69
Red Hawk Country Club Tamaroa $27
Cedar Brooke Par 3 Golf Course Sumner $8
Colonial Golf Course Sandoval $21
Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course Okawville $29
Greenview Golf Club Centralia $25
Indian Mounds Golf Club Fairmont City $15
East Fork Par-3 Golf Course Olney $6
Flora Golf & Country Club Flora $27
Cardinal Creek Golf Course Scott AFB $39
South/East at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
Legacy Golf Course Granite City $29
Carlyle Lake Golf Club Carlyle $18
Carmi Country Club Carmi $18
Prairies Cahokia $30
Pyramid Oaks Golf Course Percy $15
Green Hills Golf Club Mount Vernon $30
Star Dust Golf Course Johnston City $26
Lake of Egypt Country Club Marion $29.5
Elmwood Golf Course Belleville $15
Bent Oak Golf Course Breese $20
Pine Lakes Golf Course Energy $32
Fairfield Country Club Fairfield $25
McLeansboro Golf Course McLeansboro $16
Gambit Golf Club Vienna $25
Jackson Country Club Murphysboro $45
Franklin County Country Club West Frankfort $40
TTI Hardin Golf Club Cave in Rock $11
Shawnee Hills Country Club Harrisburg $25
Arlington Greens Golf Course Granite City $27
Egyptian Country Club Mounds $20 - $30
Summertime Nine Golf Course Salem $10
Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center Carbondale $43
Nashville Golf Course Nashville $17
Triple Lakes Golf Course Millstadt $29.5
Kokopelli Golf Club Marion $49
Benton Country Club Benton $20
Salem Country Club Salem $30
North County Country Club Red Bud $22
Stone Creek Golf Club & Resort Makanda $25
Yorktown Golf Complex Belleville $15 - $25
Highland Country Club Highland $18
Richland Country Club Olney $19 - $35
Union County Country Club Anna $25
Flying M Ranch Golf Club Centralia $12
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