Golf Course Reviews





By Ken Liebeskind
Yalesville, Connecticut

Illinois best golf courses start with Medinah Country Club, which hosted the U.S. Open three times and the PGA Championship twice. There are three courses at the club, including the famed number 3, which at 7,508 yards was at one time the longest course to host a major championship. Its rough is made more difficult by a plethora of trees and Lake Kadijah comes into play on several holes, with four requiring a crossing of a finger of the lake.

The Butler National Golf Club in Oakbrook is another one of Illinois best golf courses. Designed by George Fazio, the flat tree lined course demands long straight drives with tricky undulated greens. The signature holes are the par 5 7th, a dog leg right with the river lapping the fairway and the par 3 8th with the river behind the green.

There are 742 golf courses in Illinois, giving you the chance to play a round at a variety of courses around the state, from the Chicago area to the Southern tip. Illinois best golf courses in Chicago include the Harborside International Golf Center, which is set on land near Lake Calumet and offers striking views of the Chicago skyline. The Cantigny Golf Course in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton offers 27 holes, including the Lakeside nine that boasts the signature hole, the watery par 4 9th with an enormous bunker shaped like Dick Tracy.

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The Butler National Golf Club in Oakbrook is another one of Illinois best golf courses

The Bolingbrook Golf Club, southwest of Chicago in Makanda, offers a spectacular course with elevated tees, rolling fairways and seven lakes. An island par 3 green and a 600 yard par 5 are the signature holes on the long 7,104 yard course.

The Galena area offers some of Illinois best golf courses including the Lacoma Golf Club that overlooks the Mississippi River and offers spectacular views from two tree lined 18 hole courses.
The Stone Creek Golf Club on the southern tip of Illinois in Makanda offers a challenging course on rolling hills with many bluffs. It's a par 72 6,875 yard layout with signature holes ranging from the 18th, a long 489 par 4 over water that normally plays into the wind and the 14th, a 179 yard par 3 from an elevated tee that plays over water to a long narrow green.

Illinois universities also offer some of Illinois best golf courses, including the University of Illinois Golf Course in Champaign, which offers two courses that feature sand, water, trees and green undulations. The Harry Mussatto Golf Course in Macomb at Western Illinois University offers rolling terrain on the Lamoine River, with creative water hazards and a series of difficult bunkers.

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