Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Illinois



There was plenty of great golf played in Illinois in 2016. Golfers rated courses from downstate and the Quad Cities to Springfield and Chicagoland. There are no shortage of great semi-private and daily-fee courses that earned strong marks on Golf Advisor throughout the year. One course made the U.S. top 50 courses, while the other 24 courses are a mix of great values on 100-year-old courses and upscale facilities designed by name architects. This year's edition has some significant turnover compared to the 2015 best-of list.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Illinois in 2016

Course layout: Iron Valley Golf Club
Course conditions: Royal Manchester Golf Club
Value: Pontiac Elks Country Club
Off-course amenities: Highlands of Elgin
Pace of play: Pontiac Elks Country Club
Staff friendliness: Bowes Creek Golf Club

Top 25 courses in Illinois in 2016

25. Stonewall Orchard Golf Club

Grayslake


24. Ravisloe Country Club

Homewood


23. Balmoral Woods Country Club

Crete


22. Makray Memorial Golf Club

Barrington


21. Bonnie Brook Golf Course

Waukegan


20.Stonewolf Golf Club

Fairview Heights


19. Prairie Bluff Golf Club

Crest Hill


18.Glenview Park Golf Club

Glenview


17. Belk Park Golf Course

Wood River


16. TPC Deere Run

Silvis


15. Mistwood Golf Course

Romeoville


14. Blackstone Golf Club

Marengo


13. Starboard at Harborside International Golf Center

Chicago


12. Bittersweet Golf Club

Rockford


11. Randall Oaks Golf Club

Dundee


10. Aldeen Golf Course

Rockford


9. The Highlands of Elgin

Elgin


8. PrairieView Golf Club

Byron


7. Ledges Golf Course

Roscoe


6. Pontiac Elks Country Club

Pontiac


5. Deer Park Country Club

Oglesby


4. Cantigny Golf

Wheaton


3. The Den at Fox Creek

Bloomington


2. Annbriar Golf Course

Waterloo


1. Bowes Creek Country Club

Elgin
No. 21 in the U.S. in 2016


Feb 28, 2017



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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.