Top 100 Golf Courses - Illinois

Briarwood Country Club

51st Illinois - Best in Area

Founded as Briergate Country Club in 1921, when C. H. Alison set out the original golf course, the club was renamed as Briarwood Country Club in 1958. The Illinois Open was held here for the first time in more than fifty years in 2017.

Stonewall Orchard

52nd Illinois - Best in Area

The 18-hole layout at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake is a late 1990s Arthur Hills design which is a well-respected test of golf, having hosted both US Open Sectional Qualifying and PGA Championship Qualifying.

Ruffled Feathers

53rd Illinois - Best in Area

The course at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club is a Pete Dye/PB Dye co-design that brings water hazards into play at sixteen of the holes on the scorecard, including all nine on the inward half.

Blackstone Golf Club

54th Illinois - Best in Area

Featuring bentgrass fairways and greens, the course at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo weaves its way past twenty-six acres of wetlands. All told, thirteen holes come into direct contact with these beautiful, yet unnerving hazards.

Sunset Ridge

55th Illinois - Best in Area

Originally set out by William Diddel in 1923, the course at Sunset Ridge Country Club was renovated by Rick Jacobsen in 2004. The now defunct Western Open, one of the PGA Tour’s oldest tournaments, was held here in 1972.

Harborside International (Starboard)

56th Illinois - Best in Area

The Port course at Harborside International Golf Center opened for public play in 1995, with the Starboard course following a year later. Both 18-layouts are Dick Nugent designs, constructed in the style of traditional links courses.

Big Run

57th Illinois - Best in Area

With eight holes routed around five lakes and Long Run Creek, there’s no shortage of aquatic challenge on the course at Big Run Golf Club, where Sam Sneed and C.H. Muelenford set out the well-bunkered fairways in 1930.


58th Illinois - Best in Area

Unveiled in 1998, the course at Mistwood Golf Club was recently renovated by original architect Ray Hearn. Fairways are routed around a 65-acre lake with water – in the form of creeks, wetlands and ponds – coming into play at every hole.

Oak Park

59th Illinois - Best in Area

Donald Ross laid out the Oak Park Country Club course in 1914, the year the club was founded, returning six years later to make revisions. Rick Jacobsen renovated the layout in 2008, installing new bunkers and expanding greens.

Bowes Creek

60th Illinois - Best in Area

The sporting centrepiece of a 616-acre residential community, the 18-hole public course at Bowes Creek Country Club is a Rick Jacobsen design that first opened for daily fee play in 2008.