Illinois

The Prairie State of Illinois lies in the Great Lakes Region of the United States and Chicago, its largest city with almost three million inhabitants, is the third largest by population in the country. Golfers of a slightly older vintage might remember with a degree of fondness the old Untouchables TV series when Special Agent Eliot Ness battled almost single-handedly against Chicago’s crime gangs during the 1930s.

Organised golf at an amateur level in Illinois is taken care of by The Chicago District Golf Association, which was formed in 1914. It administers almost 400 clubs in the state though there are two other smaller organisations – Southern Illinois Golf Association and Northern Illinois Mens Amateur Golf Association – that look after golfers in outlying areas.

Illinois’s two world class golf courses, the CB Macdonald-designed Chicago and Seth Raynor’s Shoreacres, both lie close to the Windy City as do the nationally acclaimed layouts of Medinah (No.3) and Olympia Fields (North). All of these 18-hole layouts are private, but you can play Cog Hill (No.4), one of the nation’s best public facilities.

Our Illinois Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Illinois

Chicago

1st Illinois - Best in Area

Chicago Golf Club is one of America’s most exclusive golf clubs and today it is still intensely private.

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Description: Chicago Golf Club is one of America’s most exclusive golf clubs and today it is still intensely private. Rating: 5.4285714285714 out of 6

Shoreacres

2nd Illinois - Best in Area

When you arrive at Shoreacres (after your mandatory invite) you can almost feel a throwback in time to the 1920s as you approach the David Alder clubhouse.

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Description: When you arrive at Shoreacres (after your mandatory invite) you can almost feel a throwback in time to the 1920s as you approach the David Alder clubhouse. Rating: 5.7142857142857 out of 6

Olympia Fields (North)

3rd Illinois - Best in Area

Apart from the North course, Olympia Fields Country Club owns the world’s largest clubhouse, which took two years to build and cost a whopping $1.3 million way back in 1925.

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Description: Apart from the North course, Olympia Fields Country Club owns the world’s largest clubhouse, which took two years to build and cost a whopping $1.3 million way back in 1925. Rating: 5.3333333333333 out of 6

Butler National

4th Illinois - Best in Area

Butler National Golf Club was founded by multi-millionaire Paul Butler, a local businessman, and it lies to the west of the Windy City in the Oak Brook suburb of Chicago.

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Description: Butler National Golf Club was founded by multi-millionaire Paul Butler, a local businessman, and it lies to the west of the Windy City in the Oak Brook suburb of Chicago. Rating: 5.25 out of 6

Skokie

5th Illinois - Best in Area

Skokie Country Club played host to the 1922 US Open, the first at which tickets were sold. A record number of spectators witnessed a spectacular win by 20-year-old Gene Sarazen.

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Description: Skokie Country Club played host to the 1922 US Open, the first at which tickets were sold. A record number of spectators witnessed a spectacular win by 20-year-old Gene Sarazen. Rating: 6 out of 6

Black Sheep (1st & 2nd)

6th Illinois - Best in Area

A few keen golfers, who wanted their own private male-only members club with an unpretentious and casual atmosphere, set up Black Sheep Golf Club in 1999.

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Description: A few keen golfers, who wanted their own private male-only members club with an unpretentious and casual atmosphere, set up Black Sheep Golf Club in 1999. Rating: 6 out of 6

Beverly Country Club

7th Illinois - Best in Area

Beverly Country Club is bounded on all sides by Windy City suburbs and is routed in two rectangular parcels, with the front nine holes lying to the north of 87th Street and the back nine laid out on the other side...

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Description: Beverly Country Club is bounded on all sides by Windy City suburbs and is routed in two rectangular parcels, with the front nine holes lying to the north of 87th Street and the back nine laid out on the other side... Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6

Medinah (No.3)

8th Illinois - Best in Area

Medinah Country Club was originally founded in the Roaring Twenties and the objective was to create the finest country club in America.

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Description: Medinah Country Club was originally founded in the Roaring Twenties and the objective was to create the finest country club in America. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Olympia Fields (South)

9th Illinois - Best in Area

A Steve Smyers upgrade in 2008 – when he reworked greens and bunkers, as well as adding extra yardage to the layout – sharpened the teeth of the South course at Olympia Fields Country Club...

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Cog Hill (No.4)

10th Illinois - Best in Area

There are four courses at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club but the one most golfers want to play is the world-renowned No.4 course, otherwise known as "Dubsdread".

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Description: There are four courses at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club but the one most golfers want to play is the world-renowned No.4 course, otherwise known as "Dubsdread". Rating: 4 out of 6