Best Golf Courses in Illinois


1. The Club at Wynstone

Type of field: Parkland

Course access: Private Course

Length of play: 18-hole course

Type of grass: Bent grass

Slope index: 142

Course Rating: 74.9

Total par (men's tees): 72

Total yardage (men's tees): 7,003 yards

Scorecard: Link

A breathtakingly beautiful and challenging golf course, the The Club at Wynstone is set among the rolling hills and wetlands of Northern Illinois. Opened in 2015, the course was designed by Jack Nicklaus.


2. Bull Valley Golf Club

Type of field: Parkland

Course access: Private Course

Length of play: 18-hole course

Type of grass: Bent grass

Slope index: 151

Course Rating: 77.2

Total par (men's tees): 72

Total yardage (men's tees): 7,325 yards

Scorecard: Link

Total size of golf course: 220 acres

Bull Valley Golf Club provides exclusive service, time-honored hospitality and the privilege of golf at its finest. Opened in 1990, the course was designed by Richard P. Nugent.


3. Exmoor Country Club

Type of field: Parkland

Course access: Private Course

Length of play: 18-hole course

Type of grass: Bent grass

Slope index: 136

Course Rating: 73.2

Total par (men's tees): 72

Total yardage (men's tees): 6,849 yards

Scorecard: Link

Championships hosted: US Senior Women's Amateur, US Women's Amateur

The Exmoor Country Club is committed to providing the finest golf, sporting and social experiences for its members and their families. Opened in 1896, the course was designed by H.J. Tweedie, Donald J. Ross and Ron Prichard.


4. Rich Harvest Farms

Type of field: Parkland

Course access: Private Course

Length of play: 18-hole course

Type of grass: Bent grass

Slope index: 151

Course Rating: 78.0

Total par (men's tees): 72

Total yardage (men's tees): 7,601 yards

Scorecard: Link

Championships hosted: Arnold Palmer Cup, NCAA, Solheim Cup

The Rich Harvest Farms course is a natural wonder that provides a unique experience that celebrates the ebb and flow of the geography. Opened in 1998, the course was designed by Greg Martin and Jerry Rich.


5. Knollwood Club

Type of field: Parkland

Course access: Private Course

Length of play: 18-hole course

Type of grass: Bent grass

Slope index: 133

Course Rating: 73.8

Total par (men's tees): 72

Total yardage (men's tees): 6,920 yards

Scorecard: Link

Total size of golf course: 240 acres

Championships hosted: US Amateur

Founded in 1924 The Knollwood Club is one of the premiere clubs in Illinois. Opened in 2017, the course was designed by Colt & Alison.


6. Canyata Golf Club

Type of field: Parkland

Course access: Private Course

Length of play: 18-hole course

Type of grass: Bent grass

Slope index: 149

Course Rating: 76.0

Total par (men's tees): 72

Total yardage (men's tees): 7,266 yards

Scorecard: Link

Just outside the quintessential American farm town of Marshall, Ill., Canyata is a 7,200-yard stunner molded from the rugged and rolling farmland of east central Illinois. Designed by Michael Benkusky.


7. Conway Farms Golf Club

Type of field: Links

Course access: Private Course

Length of play: 18-hole course

Type of grass: Bent grass

Slope index: 138

Course Rating: 73.5

Total par (men's tees): 71

Total yardage (men's tees): 6,733 yards

Scorecard: Link

Championships hosted: BMW Championship, NCAA, US Junior Amateur

Conway is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the game, encouraging walking, fast play and the strong support of amateur golf. Opened in 2015, the course was designed by Thomas Fazio.


8. Cog Hill Golf and Country Club

Type of field: Parkland

Course access: Municipal Course

Length of play: 18-hole course

Type of grass: Bent grass

Slope index: 142

Course Rating: 75.4

Total par (men's tees): 72

Total yardage (men's tees): 6,940 yards

Scorecard: Link

Total size of golf course: 320 acres

Championships hosted: BMW Championship, US Amateur, Western Open

Nationally ranked since its opening in 1964, Course No. 4 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club was given the nickname “DUBSDREAD.” Opened in 2009, the course was designed by Joseph L. Lee, Dick Wilson and Rocky Roquemore.


9. Flossmoor Country Club

Type of field: Parkland

Course access: Private Course

Length of play: 18-hole course

Type of grass: Bent grass

Slope index: 135

Course Rating: 73.3

Total par (men's tees): 72

Total yardage (men's tees): 6,928 yards

Scorecard: Link

Championships hosted: PGA Championship, US Amateur, US Women's Amateur, Western Open

The Flossmoor Country Club provides golfing enjoyment, friendly competition, and family activities in the south suburbs of Chicago. Opened in 1898, the course was designed by H.J. Tweedie and Ray Hearn.


10. Medinah Country Club

Type of field: Parkland

Course access: Private Course

Length of play: 18-hole course

Type of grass: Bent grass

Slope index: 135

Course Rating: 73.3

Total par (men's tees): 71

Total yardage (men's tees): 6,895 yards

Scorecard: Link

Championships hosted: BMW Championship, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, US Open, US Senior Open, Western Open

One of the most prominent private member-only country clubs in the United States, the Medinah course is located in a Chicago suburb. Opened in 1928, the course was designed by Tom Bendelow, Roger B. Packard and Roger G. Rulewich.

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