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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Courses

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Orchards Golf Club
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Belleville $32
Gateway National Golf Links
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Madison $22
Acorns Golf Links
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Waterloo $14 - $30
Stonewolf Golf Club
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Fairview Heights $19
Mystic Oak Golf Course
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Waterloo $15
Clinton Hill Golf Course
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Belleville $13
Far Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Caseyville $24.99
Governor's Run Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Carlyle $12
Greenview Golf Club
Tee Times
Centralia $13
Salem Country Club
Tee Times
Salem $10
Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center
Tee Times
Carbondale $16
Prairies
Tee Times
Cahokia $10
Governor's Run Golf Course
Tee Times
Carlyle $24
The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University
Tee Times
Lebanon $10
Fairfield Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbia $10
Jackson Country Club
Tee Times
Murphysboro $13
Grand Marais Golf Course
Tee Times
Centreville $20
Crab Orchard Golf Club
Tee Times
Carterville $13
White Oak Golf Course at Marissa Recreation Area
Tee Times
Marissa $25
Yorktown Golf Course
Tee Times
Belleville $7
Lawrence County Country Club
Tee Times
Lawrenceville $30
Twin Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Greenville $11
Indian Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Mount Vernon $22
Annbriar Golf Course
Tee Times
Waterloo $28
Arlington Greens Golf Course Granite City $25 - $31
Midland Hills Golf Course Makanda $13
Stonebridge Golf Club Maryville $25
Indian Mounds Golf Club Fairmont City $12
McLeansboro Golf Course McLeansboro $10
Colonial Golf Course Sandoval $21
Tamarack Country Club Shiloh $14 - $20
Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Makanda TBA
Crooked Creek Golf Links Mt Vernon $20
Saline County Golf & Country Club Eldorado $22
Legacy Golf Course Granite City $18
Bridges Golf Club Columbia $16 - $27
Meadow Woods Golf Course Centralia $13
North County Country Club Red Bud $22
Green Hills Golf Club Mount Vernon $30
Metropolis Country Club Metropolis $30
Pyramid Oaks Golf Course Percy $15
Red Hawk Country Club Tamaroa $27
Columbia Golf Club Columbia $16 - $27
Union County Country Club Anna $15
Flora Golf & Country Club Flora $27
Carmi Country Club Carmi $18
Kokopelli Golf Club Marion $29
Cardinal Creek Golf Course Scott AFB $30
Egyptian Country Club Mounds $20 - $30
Lake of Egypt Country Club Marion $29.50
Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course Okawville $32
Gambit Golf Club Vienna $25
Benton Country Club Benton $20
Mt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course Mount Carmel $15
River Lakes Golf Course Columbia $20
Sunset Hills Country Club Edwardsville $51
Sparta Country Club Sparta $28
Elmwood Golf Course Belleville $11.00
Chester Country Club Chester $20
Cedar Brooke Par 3 Golf Course Sumner $8
Wayne County Golf Course Fairfield $30
South/East at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
Saint Clair Country Club Belleville $69
Nashville Golf Course Nashville $17
Waterloo Country Club Waterloo $10
Carlyle Lake Golf Club Carlyle $18
Franklin County Country Club West Frankfort $40
Shawnee Hills Country Club Harrisburg $16
East/West at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
Flying M Ranch Golf Club Centralia $12
Triple Lakes Golf Course Millstadt $24 - $27
West/South at Rend Lake Golf Course Whittington $45
East Fork Par-3 Golf Course Olney $8
Richland Country Club Olney $19 - $35
Bent Oak Golf Course Breese $20
Jansco's Stardust Golf & Country Club Johnston City $8
Pine Lakes Golf Course Energy $32
Hardin County Golf Course Cave in Rock $5
Summertime Nine Golf Course Salem $10
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