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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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Acorns Golf Links
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Waterloo $14
Mystic Oak Golf Course
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Waterloo $15
Jackson Country Club
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Murphysboro $22
Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center
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Carbondale $21
Salem Country Club
Tee Times
Salem $18
Clinton Hill Golf Course
Tee Times
Belleville $15
Governor's Run Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Carlyle $17
White Oak Golf Course at Marissa Recreation Area Marissa $25
Greenview Golf Club
Tee Times
Centralia $15
Gateway National Golf Links
Tee Times
Madison $23.35
Annbriar Golf Course
Tee Times
Waterloo $23
Indian Hills Golf Course Mount Vernon $22
Far Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Caseyville $26.99
The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University Lebanon $18 - $30
Governor's Run Golf Course
Tee Times
Carlyle $17
Grand Marais Golf Course
Tee Times
Centreville $12
Yorktown Golf Course
Tee Times
Belleville $7
Tee Times
Cahokia $16
Stonewolf Golf Club
Tee Times
Fairview Heights $21.35
Crab Orchard Golf Club
Tee Times
Carterville $13
Fairfield Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbia $13
Orchards Golf Club
Tee Times
Belleville $17
Lawrence County Country Club Lawrenceville $30
Twin Oaks Golf Club Greenville $11
Flying M Ranch Golf Club Centralia $12
Arlington Greens Golf Course Granite City $25 - $31
Carmi Country Club Carmi $18
Columbia Golf Club Columbia $16 - $27
Shawnee Hills Country Club Harrisburg $16
West/South at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $48
Nashville Golf Course Nashville $17
North County Country Club Red Bud $9
Union County Country Club Anna $15
Sparta Country Club Sparta $10 - $15
Legacy Golf Course Granite City $18
Colonial Golf Course Sandoval $21
McLeansboro Golf Course McLeansboro $10
East/West at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $48
Pyramid Oaks Golf Course Percy $15
Franklin County Country Club West Frankfort $40
Metropolis Country Club Metropolis $30
Bridges Golf Club Columbia $16 - $27
Bent Oak Golf Course Breese $20
Richland Country Club Olney $19 - $35
Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course Okawville $32
South/East at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $48
Waterloo Country Club Waterloo $10
Cardinal Creek Golf Course Scott AFB $30
Chester Country Club Chester $10 - $15
River Lakes Golf Course Columbia $20
Kokopelli Golf Club Marion $29
East Fork Par-3 Golf Course Olney $8
Saline County Golf & Country Club Eldorado $22
Summertime Nine Golf Course Salem $10
Mt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course Mount Carmel $15
Benton Country Club Benton $20
Wayne County Golf Course Fairfield $30
Elmwood Golf Course Belleville $11.00
Triple Lakes Golf Course Millstadt $24 - $27
Indian Mounds Golf Club Fairmont City $12
Crooked Creek Golf Links Mt Vernon $20
Lake of Egypt Country Club Marion $29.50
Egyptian Country Club Mounds $20 - $30
Tamarack Country Club Shiloh $14 - $20
Saint Clair Country Club Belleville $69
Red Hawk Country Club Tamaroa $18 - $28
Jansco's Stardust Golf & Country Club Johnston City $8
Pine Lakes Golf Course Energy $15 - $25
Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Makanda $45 - $55
Cedar Brooke Par 3 Golf Course Sumner $12
Green Hills Golf Club Mount Vernon $30
Carlyle Lake Golf Club Carlyle $18
Sunset Hills Country Club Edwardsville $51
Flora Golf & Country Club Flora $27
Hardin County Golf Course Cave in Rock $5
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