Whether it’s a relaxing Sunday afternoon with your old buddies, or trying to bond with your new son-in-law, one of the most calming, yet competitive, activities is hitting the links. We thought we would count down our top 10 golf courses in and around Chicago.
Top 10 Golf Courses in Chicago
#1 Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
Despite being 30 miles southwest of Chicago in Mundelein, Illinois, Cog Hill’s beauty, and challenging course, makes you wonder how these beautiful greens are not part of a private country club. Cog Hill features four separate courses, including one that has been named to the top 100 golf courses in America by Golf Magazine. If you have a chance to get out there, this is the course you want to play in the Chicagoland area.
#2 Pine Meadow Gold Club
Not far off is Pine Meadow, which distinguishes itself with a world-class practice facility, ready to take on any project. Like it’s neighbor, Pine Meadow is frequently rated a top golf course in Illinois, with its picturesque views, and clean-cut fairways.
#3 The Glen Club
The Glen surges to the top of list not only for its majestic course, but for all that surrounds it. Located in the top-notch Glenview neighborhood, The Glen has been vastly renovated over the years with up and coming restaurants, a brand new movie theatre, and modern townhomes. Add in a 48,000-square-foot clubhouse, and The Glen climbs near the top.
#4 Harborside International Golf Center
Sooner or later, a city course was bound to make the list, and nowhere better to start than Harborside International Golf Center. The two courses, Portside and Starboard, offer a unique challenge for your once a week foursome. Add in a par five, a 583-yard hole named “Twist of Fate” and you have a spot on our top 10.
#5 Cantigny Golf
Heading back west, in Wheaton, Illinois, is the friendly 27-hole course that offers much more than a causal Sunday 18. Cantigny, with its upper-class golf academy, and family-like atmosphere, makes this Wheaton gem the perfect spot for anyone to go out and hit the links!
#6 Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Although the word golf isn’t even in the name, Eagle Ridge offers something none of the other courses can offer. Despite Illinois’ rather flat terrain, Eagle Ridge integrates rolling hills across all four courses. For a second, you forget you are in Galena, Illinois.
#7 Orchard Valley Golf Course
Aurora’s star golf course is a more daring course, compared to other ones on the list given it’s vast wetlands, and rather large bunkers. The four and a half star course may seem beautiful on it’s surface, with a generous 163-yeard par three, but don’t take any shot for granted. That scorecard could start climbing before you know it.
#8 Lost Marsh Golf Course
Despite the Hammond, Indiana address, the Lost Marsh Golf Course provides a sight as good as any other on this list. With its binding fairways, and fast greens, Lost Marsh gives any golfer the challenge they seek, but calmness they inherently desire.
#9 Ruffled Feathers Golf Club
Every golf course claims their strategically located bunkers, and waterholes were put in a spot for a reason. Hard to imagine, but when legendary designer Pete Dye and his son P.B. Dye, created Ruffled Feathers in Lemont, Illinois, you just trust it that much more.
#10 Sportsman’s Country Club
Located in the Northbrook, Illinois, about 20 miles north of Chicago, you would expect a great public golf course in one of the wealthiest suburbs in Illinois, and the Sportsman’s Country Club doesn’t disappoint! This 18-hole course was recently renovated with updated bunkers, and features a popular driving range, open day or night.