Energy-industry CEO Jerry Forsythe grew up in east central Illinois and wanted to convert 300 acres of his childhood memories into a family retreat. After golf architect Bob Lohmann built him an elaborate three-hole golf course on the property, Lohmann’s then-associate Mike Benkusky convinced Forsythe to stretch it to nine holes and later into a full 18. Ultimately, two million cubic yards of cornfield were moved to form Canyata’s massive fairways and greens, which are edged by waterscaped ponds, artificial creeks and a dazzling array of bunkers. With only a handful of rounds played each year by invited guests, Canyata’s manicuring is always nearly flawless.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 2009. Highest ranking: No. 37, 2013-'14. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 82.
Best in State: Ranked third, 2011-'14. Ranked fourth, 2015-'18. Ranked fifth, 2019-'22. Ranked inside the top 5, 2009-'10. Ranked inside the top 10, 2007.