Destination Guide

Destination: Springfield-Decatur

Springfield, Illinois is where Abraham Lincoln made his name as a lawyer and politician, and it's where he lies at rest today. Not only does Springfield claim this most revered of native sons, it also boasts (along with nearby Decatur) a bevy of excellent public-access golf courses and lots to do off the course, too.

The Lincoln Home National Historic site is just blocks from the Illinois State Capitol, which is also well worth a visit. The home, the only one he ever owned, is run by the National Park Service. Tours are free, and include a collection of homes in a small section of town reconstructed to replicate life in the mid 1800s.

Lincoln's tomb, which is also the final resting place of Mary Todd Lincoln and three of their four sons, is located in Oak Ridge Cemetery and is open daily from March to October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum could easily occupy history buffs for a full day and offers a historic experience for every visitor. Admission to the museum is also free.

Springfield lies on the early section of the famous Route 66, running over 2,000 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Today, you can drive along all but 11 miles of the original Route 66 from Chicago to Springfield, taking in many of the same landmarks and roadside stops as John Dillinger, Al Capone, and Bugs Moran.

Aside from Scovill Zoo in Decatur, however, your best bet might be to spend your off-course hours in Springfield.

Visitors dining out in Decatur would have the best luck at The Wagon for comfort food, and The Bakery for breakfast. In Springfield, Maldaner's has been downtown since 1884, and the funky Cafe Brio is probably the most exciting restaurant in town.

Golf courses in Springfield include the 1968 Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Rail Golf Club (former home of the LPGA State Farm Classic) and Piper Glen, along with four municipal tracks.

It is in Decatur, however, where golfers discover some of the finest municipal golf in the nation, including the Raymond Floyd-designed Red Tail Run Golf Club, the crown jewel of the city park courses. Also worth a visit are Hickory Point (a regular Future's Tour stop) and Scovill Golf Club.

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Hickory Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Forsyth $15
Red Tail Run Golf Club
Tee Times
Decatur $15
Scovill Golf Club
Tee Times
Decatur $13
Shambolee Golf Course
Tee Times
Petersburg $8
National Golf Course at Eagle Creek
Tee Times
Findlay $8
Edgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Auburn $8
Links of Jacksonville
Tee Times
Jacksonville $12
Piper Glen Golf Club
Tee Times
Springfield $12
Country Hills Golf Course Greenview $10
Shoal Creek Golf Course Raymond $19
Nichols Park at Links at Jacksonville Jacksonville $7
Timberlake Golf Course Sullivan $16
Short Course at Scovill Golf Club Decatur $2.50
Illini Country Club Springfield $73 - $93
Lincoln Trail Golf Club Taylorville $24
Lincoln Greens Golf Course Springfield $29
Terry Park Golf Course Palmyra $9
Pana Country Club Pana $12
Lincoln Elks Golf Club Lincoln $26 - $38
Panther Creek Country Club Springfield $60 - $70
Oaks Golf Course Springfield $27
Sullivan Country Club Sullivan $34
Rail Golf Club Springfield $31
Jacksonville Country Club Jacksonville $50 - $55
Oak Terrace Golf Course Pana $29 - $44
Long Bridge Golf Course Springfield $17
Bunn Golf Course Springfield $28
Sun N' Fun Swim & Golf Club Decatur $18
Brookhills Golf Club Springfield $15
South Side Country Club Decatur $40
Clinton Country Club Clinton $20
Oakleaf Country Club Girard $8
Pasfield Park Golf Course Springfield $10.5
Monticello Golf Club Monticello $15
Country Club of Decatur Decatur $73
Lake Shore Golf Course Taylorville $23 - $35
Bergen Park Golf Course Springfield $16.5
Moweaqua Golf Course Moweaqua $15
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