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Best Golf Courses in Illinois

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Our Top 5 Best and Most Renown Golf Courses in Illinois

The state of Illinois, home to the Windy City, has many historical golf courses that are popular to play. Although most of the renown clubs are private, being invited to play is not only considered an honor, but a thrilling luxury. Several of the clubs host national championships and some of them are also the oldest established clubs in North America. The greatest features of these courses are the classic design and how they display the magnificent landscape of the Illinois countryside. We’ll exhibit the most well known courses along with their signature styles and features.

Tee Off on Chicago’s Finest Fairways

  1. Chicago Golf Club

Built in 1893, the Chicago Golf Club is one of the original five golf clubs that founded the United States Golf Association. This private golf club in Wheaton, Illinois is one of the oldest golf courses in North America. As golfers try to land their best ball on the putting green, they continually notice the shallow bunkers and steep valley slopes Seth Raynor, one of the course architect’s, has built in the layout’s design. The layout also mimics a traditional links-style course commonly found in golf courses within the UK. According to Golf Digest, the Chicago Golf Club is listed as one of America’s Best 100 Golf Courses to play and it is definitely one of the more exclusive courses to get invited to play.

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  1. Shoreacres

Located only 25 miles north of Chicago, Shoreacres stretches alongside the north shore providing exquisite greens and noteworthy views. According to Top 100 Courses, Shoreacres is the 38th best course in the United states and 76th best course in the world. Another Raynor designed course, Shoreacres is renown for its beautiful nature settings. Although the fairways are shorter than most courses, the challenge lies in the gullies and ravines that shape the layout. With amazingly stunning topography, it is no wonder why golfers end their games at the classic clubhouse that overlooks Lake Michigan. It is every golfers dream to play at this pristine private course.

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Play like a Titleist on Championship Hosted Courses

  1. Olympia Fields Country Club

In 1925, Olympia Fields Country Club started out being the world’s largest private golf club and also being the first club to offer members four courses with 72 holes of golf. After continued renovations, Olympia Fields has two signature courses, the North Course and the South Course. An 80-foot tall clock tower can be seen at the beginning of the courses, making it impossible for members to arrive late to their tee time. The 36 hole course features widely spaced fairways scattered with trees and a winding creek that cuts in and out of the playing greens. This renown club ranks 66 in Golf’s Digest of the top best courses. Olympia Fields Country Club hosted the 2003 U.S. Open and will be hosting the KPMG PGA Women’s Championship in 2017.

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  1. Medinah Country Club

Medinah Country Club has three golf courses along other great club amenities and the presence of Lake Kadijah. Course #3 is the most famous and popular course after hosting 6 national championship games and 1 international championship. Course #3 is also rated one of the best courses in the state of Illinois according to some reviews. The Medinah golf courses rest on 640 acres and are home to 18,000 trees. The next national game to be hosted at Medinah Country Club will be the 2019 BMW Championship. Members are excited in hosting and showcasing their outstanding club.

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Simply Score a Birdie On a Fast Challenging Course

  1. Blackstone Golf Club

There are several reasons why the Blackstone Golf Club made Golf Advisor’s list for being the Top 25 Courses in Illinois. One of the reasons golfers recommend playing their 18-hole course is the fact that the fee is reasonable. Not only is Blackstone Golf Club a public course, but becoming a member is a lot easier than chipping your ball out of a bunker. They are currently offering no initiation fee or monthly dues. Many previous golfers reviewed that the greens are fast, mostly due to the fact that many of the holes are par 5’s. Yet do not let this fool you; even the most seasoned golfers have stated that the large rolling hills have made for a challenging course. An upgraded feature of the club include golf carts with a GPS system, which is a nice perk for a course that costs less than $60 to play.

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