Top 100 Golf Courses - Illinois

Kankakee Elks

41st Illinois - Best in Area

Lightly bunkered and with only one water hazard in play, the course at Kankakee Elks Country Club is a mid-1920s William Langford layout which was carved out of forested terrain on the banks of the Kankakee river.


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Prairie Landing

42nd Illinois - Best in Area

Featuring a handful of formidable par fives, the 18-hole layout at Prairie Landing Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones Junior course of some renown within the West Chicago area.

Indian Hill

43rd Illinois - Best in Area

Dating back to its inception in 1914, the old course at Indian Hill Golf Club is a Donald Ross layout that remains largely intact, despite many modifications made down the years.

Cantigny (Woodside & Lakeside)

44th Illinois - Best in Area

The parkland golf course at Cantigny is laid out in three 9-hole circuits that present all manner of challenges as they wind their way in and out of wooded areas, past a dozen lakes and a couple of creeks...


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Eagle Ridge (The General)

45th Illinois - Best in Area

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers 63 golf holes at four different courses, all of which were built by architect Roger Packard. The General, a co-design with Andy North, was the final layout to be unveiled here in 1997, applying the old maxim of saving the best until last.


46th Illinois - Best in Area

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.

Mount Prospect

47th Illinois - Best in Area

Mount Prospect Golf Club lies within Mt. Prospect Park District, located thirty-five miles northwest of Chicago. David Esler renovated this public layout in 2017, adding five new holes as well as installing Redan, Eden and Punchbowl template holes.

Orchard Valley

48th Illinois - Best in Area

First opened for play in 1993, the Orchard Valley golf course is a Ken Kavanaugh design where more than half of the fairways are routed around water hazards.

Barrington Hills

49th Illinois - Best in Area

Located 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, the course at Barrington Hills Country Club is a George O’Neil design that dates back to 1921. Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Design has consulted here for a number of years now.

Pine Meadow

50th Illinois - Best in Area

William Flynn doubled in size the original 9-hole course at Pine Meadow Golf Club in 1929 and this layout is still in play in the modern era, having been remodelled by Joe Lee and Rocky Roquemore in the mid-1980s.