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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 $13
Acorns Golf Links
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Waterloo $14 - $30
Stonewolf Golf Club
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Fairview Heights $19
Far Oaks Golf Club
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Caseyville $16
Mystic Oak Golf Course
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Waterloo $15
Gateway National Golf Links
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Madison $22.5
Orchards Golf Club
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Belleville $32
Salem Country Club
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Salem $10
Fairfield Golf Club
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Columbia $15
Grand Marais Golf Course
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Centreville $18
The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University
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Lebanon $13
Governor's Run Golf Course
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Carlyle $15
Governor's Run Par-3 Golf Course
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Carlyle $12
Crab Orchard Golf Club
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Carterville $13
Mt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course
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Mount Carmel $15
Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center
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Carbondale $16
Twin Oaks Golf Club
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Greenville $15
Lawrence County Country Club
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Lawrenceville $30
Annbriar Golf Course
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Waterloo $19
White Oak Golf Course at Marissa Recreation Area
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Marissa $25
Indian Hills Golf Course
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Mount Vernon $22
Jackson Country Club
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Murphysboro $13
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Cahokia $14
Jansco's Stardust Golf & Country Club Johnston City $8
McLeansboro Golf Course McLeansboro $10
Bridges Golf Club Columbia $16 - $33
Pine Lakes Golf Course Energy $32
Saline County Golf & Country Club Eldorado $22
Summertime Nine Golf Course Salem $10
Wayne County Golf Course Fairfield $30
Carlyle Lake Golf Club Carlyle $18
Flying M Ranch Golf Club Centralia $12
Cardinal Creek Golf Course Scott AFB $30
East/West at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
Chester Country Club Chester $20
Nashville Golf Course Nashville $17
Stonebridge Golf Club Maryville $25
Carmi Country Club Carmi $18
Green Hills Golf Club Mount Vernon $30
Sparta Country Club Sparta $28
Shawnee Hills Country Club Harrisburg $16
Stone Creek Golf Club & Resort Makanda $25
Gambit Golf Club Vienna $25
Egyptian Country Club Mounds $20 - $30
Franklin County Country Club West Frankfort $40
Indian Mounds Golf Club Fairmont City $12
Flora Golf & Country Club Flora $27
Triple Lakes Golf Course Millstadt $24 - $27
Hardin County Golf Course Cave in Rock $5
Elmwood Golf Course Belleville $11.00
Pyramid Oaks Golf Course Percy $15
Yorktown Golf Complex Belleville $15 - $25
Saint Clair Country Club Belleville $69
Sunset Hills Country Club Edwardsville $51
Greenview Golf Club Centralia $25
Richland Country Club Olney $19 - $35
Metropolis Country Club Metropolis $30
Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course Okawville $32
Colonial Golf Course Sandoval $21
Midland Hills Golf Course Makanda $13
Crooked Creek Golf Links Mt Vernon $20
Union County Country Club Anna $25
North County Country Club Red Bud $22
River Lakes Golf Course Columbia $20
West/South at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
Waterloo Country Club Waterloo $10
Legacy Golf Course Granite City $18
Tamarack Country Club Shiloh $14 - $20
Red Hawk Country Club Tamaroa $27
Lake of Egypt Country Club Marion $29.50
Benton Country Club Benton $20
South/East at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
Columbia Golf Club Columbia $16 - $33
Bent Oak Golf Course Breese $20
Meadow Woods Golf Course Centralia $13
Cedar Brooke Par 3 Golf Course Sumner $8
Kokopelli Golf Club Marion $29
Arlington Greens Golf Course Granite City $25 - $31
East Fork Par-3 Golf Course Olney $8
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