Designed by Michael Hurdzan, the Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo is named after Ann Nobbe, the daughter of the owners, who tragically died in an automobile accident three years before the public pay and play facility opened in 1993.
Annbriar is a true diamond in the rough in Southern Illinois (Greater St Louis area). It is in my opinion the single best public option in all of the area. The course is always in decent shape and there are a ton of great holes and none of them feel alike. Kind of like a mini Deere Run. There is one house on the course, so the peace and tranquility of the round is hard to replicate on a modern day course. There are several holes that have mounding and tall grass which is aesthetically really nice in the summer and then a good portion of the course winds through hilly wooded terrain which is also very pretty.
Annbriar is a fair test and if you want to play it all the way back, it is definitely a great challenge. There are very few modern courses that haven't been compromised with a residential development. Annbriar is one of them and totally worth the visit.