June 7, 2017

The Best Golf Courses in Illinois

We rank the top venues in Illinois (2017-'18)
Medinah CC No. 3 course hole 2
Stephen Szurlej
  1. (1) Chicago G.C., Wheaton •
  2. (3) Butler National G.C., Oak Brook •
  3. (2) Medinah C.C. (No. 3) (2nd hole pictured above)•
  4. (4) Canyata G.C., Marshall •
  5. (7) Shoreacres, Lake Bluff •
  6. (5) Olympia Fields C.C. (North), Olympia Fields •
  7. (6) Rich Harvest Links, Sugar Grove •
  8. (10) Conway Farms G.C., Lake Forest ≈
  9. (8) Skokie C.C., Glencoe
  10. (9) Olympia Fields C.C. (South), Olympia Fields ≈
  11. (12) Beverly C.C., Chicago
  12. (11) Cog Hill G. & C.C. (No. 4), Lemont ^
  13. (14) Medinah C.C. (No. 1)
  14. (13) Black Sheep G.C. (1St/2Nd), Sugar Grove
  15. (15) Bull Valley G.C., Woodstock
  16. (20) Wynstone G.C., North Barrington
  17. (23) Ivanhoe Club (Prairie/Forest), Ivanhoe
  18. (New) North Shore C.C., Glenview
  19. (18) Knollwood Club, Lake Forest
  20. (21) Flossmoor C.C.
  21. (24) Exmoor C.C., Highland Park
  22. (17) Butterfield C.C. (White/Blue), Oak Brook
  23. (19) Bob O'Link G.C., Highland Park
  24. (New) Kemper Lakes G.C., Kildeer
  25. (16) Merit Club, Libertyville

KEY TO SYMBOLS
(2015-'16 ranking in parentheses)
America's 100 Greatest Course
≈ America's Second 100 Greatest
^ America's 100 Greatest Public Course
★ Other public-access course

Some courses are ranked in Best in State but did not receive enough ballots to be considered for national lists.

America's 100 Greatest & America's Second 100 Greatest requires a minimum of 45 evaluations accumulated within 8 years, 100 Greatest Public 25 evaluations and Best in State 10 ballots. While a few highly ranked state courses do have a higher score than 100 Greatest, Second 100 Greatest or 100 Greatest Public courses within that state, and are listed above them, they will not appear on a national ranking until achieving the qualifying ballots.