15 Best Public Golf Courses in Illinois

Just like the other 49 states, Illinois has hundreds of golf courses sprinkled throughout the state, and they are not all located in the major cities. Today, we will show you the best public golf courses in Illinois.

In fact, regardless of where you live or where you're visiting, you should have no problems finding a great course to play on, whether you're a beginner in golf or you've been playing for years.

The courses are small and large and made out of many different types of grass, but they all have one thing in common:

They are there to accommodate your desire to play this magnificent sport, and they work hard to provide you with an experience you won't forget. Below are just a few of those courses.

1. Coyote Creek Golf Club (Bartonville)

Built in 2001, this 18-hole golf course is open from March 1 to October 31 and has beautiful bent grass covering both the fairways and the greens.

It was voted one of the top courses in Illinois in 2015 by Golf Advisor, and it provides you with a putting green, practice hole, and of course, a driving range.

In addition to having access to locker rooms and a great clubhouse, the course offers meeting and banquet facilities when you need them, making this a very versatile golf course indeed.

Golf Course Information:

Coyote Creek Golf Club (Bartonville)

8201 W Lancaster Rd, Bartonville
IL 61607
Telephone: 309-633-0911

2.  The Den at Fox Creek Golf Club (Bloomington)

Built in 1997 and designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, this 18-hole golf course has bent grass on the fairways and the greens, and it is open all year long, which is unusual for this part of the country.

Golf Advisor voted it one of the best golf courses in Illinois in 2016, and it offers both a putting green and a driving range for your convenience.

You can enjoy some cool drinks at the 19th hole, and the course is challenging enough to pique anyone's interests, even those who consider themselves experts at the game.

It's a lovely course that can accommodate beginners as well.

Golf Course Information:

The Den at Fox Creek Golf Club (Bloomington)
3002 Fox Creek Rd, Bloomington
IL 61701
Telephone: 309-434-2300

3.Fairlakes Golf Course (Secor)

With more than 5,200 yards of playing area, this 18-hole golf course is perfect for both beginners and more experienced players.

Golfers especially love the friendliness of the place and the value they feel they get every time they play there. It is open from March 1 to November 13 and it has been around since 1988.

You can walk the green instead of using a cart if you like, and you can even take some tips from a golfing pro whenever you're there.

Whether you want to play casually or to improve your skills, it is easy to do so at Fairlakes, and you can rent carts, pull-carts, and even clubs if you don't have any of your own, making it much easier on you every time.

Golf Course Information:

Fairlakes Golf Course (Secor)
2203 County Rd 600 N, Secor
IL 61771

4. Fond du Lac Golf Course (East Peoria)

 Fond du Lac Golf Course (East Peoria)

With nine holes and more than 1,200 yards of playing opportunity, this is a great course for people who aren't that experienced with their golf game.

It's a fairly easy course to play on, but experienced golfers can still enjoy it if what they want is a relaxing and non-competitive time on the green. 

They don't have a driving range but they do have a teaching pro and they offer lessons for anyone who wants to improve their golfing skills.

They're open from March 1 to November 1, and they rent carts, pull-carts, and even clubs if you have none of your own.

Although the course was built in 1963, they do a great job of maintaining it, making this a comfortable and attractive way to play golf.

Golf Course Information:

Fond du Lac Golf Course (East Peoria)
123 Par 3 Ln, East Peoria
IL 61611

5. Hazy Hills Golf Course (Hudson)

 Hazy Hills Golf Course (Hudson)

This nine-hole golf course is perfect for beginners, but it will even accommodate more experienced players who simply want to play casually and have some fun.

Open from March 15 to November 15, the course is in great condition even though it was built in 1975.

You can rent carts and even clubs if you like while you're there, and it also has a putting green in case you'd like to take a few practice shots before starting to play.

It is a lovely golf course that isn't well-known but which should put a smile on the faces of the golfers who play there.

Golf Course Information:

Hazy Hills Golf Course (Hudson)
25258 N 1350 East Rd, Hudson,
IL 61748

6. Hillcrest Golf Course (Washington)

Open year-round and built in 1952, the Hillcrest Golf Course has 18 holes and roughly 3,100 yards of golfing opportunity.

You can rent carts, pull-carts, and even clubs if you need them, and the driving range makes for a great and easy way to practice your skills or simply relax and have a little fun.

The course has tall trees and lots of greenery, and it can accommodate you whether you're a beginner or right up there with the experts.

This is an executive-style golf course that is open 12 months a year, making it a great place to be if you're a golfing fanatic or simply someone who enjoys golf as a relaxation tool.

Golf Course Information:

Hillcrest Golf Course (Washington)
1829 Washington Rd, Washington
IL 61571
Telephone: 309-444-9033

7. Kaufman Park Golf Course (Eureka)

Kaufman Park Golf Course is a nine-hole public golf course with more than 2,700 yards of playing areas.

 It opens on March 1 and closes on November 15, providing players with a long time to indulge their passion. Players especially love the layout of the course, as well as the value it provides and the friendliness of the staff.

You can rent carts and clubs if you like, and although there is no putting green or driving range, it is still a perfect way to spend the day if improving your golf game is what you're after. If you're a beginner golfer, this type of course is perfect because it is challenging but not too difficult for you.

Golf Course Information:

Kaufman Park Golf Course (Eureka)
800 W Center St, Eureka
IL 61530
Telephone: 309-467-2523

8. Kellogg Golf Course (Peoria)

Open from March 1 to November 30, this 18-hole golf course offers something for everyone, including both a driving range and putting green.

You can rent carts and pull-carts from them if you like, and even clubs if you don't have any of your own. 

The fairways and greens are covered with bent grass for both beauty and durability, and if you need a pro to help you improve your golf game, they have one on-staff who can help you.

You can have a snack or two after your game is over and if you decide to walk the course instead of using the cart, you can do so any time. Any way you decide to play the game, the end will always put a smile on your face.

Golf Course Information:

Kellogg Golf Course (Peoria)
7716 N Radnor Rd, Peoria
IL 61615
Telephone: 309-691-0293

9.Lick Creek Golf Course (Pekin)

Lick Creek Golf Course (Pekin)

With 18 holes and nearly 7,000 yards of play opportunities, this golf course was built in 1976 and designed by Larry Packard.

If you don't have clubs of your own, not to worry because they can rent some to you, and if you need some practice or extra lessons ahead of your next game, the course provides you with both a teaching pro and a separate school so that you can hone your skills easily. It is open from April 1 to November 15 and has a gorgeous view.

It is also able to accommodate both beginning players and those who have played for years, making it perfect for all golfing enthusiasts.

Golf Course Information:

Lick Creek Golf Course (Pekin)
2210 N Parkway Dr, Pekin
IL 61554
Telephone: 309-346-0077

10. Madison Golf Course (Peoria)

This 18-hole golf course has 5,476 yards of playing fun. Built in 1909 and designed by Tom Bendelow, the Madison Golf Course has blue grass covering the fairways and bent grass on the greens.

It is also open all year long, making this a great facility to be a part of if your goal is to play the most amount of golf each year.

Although there is no driving range, you do have access to a putting green, as well as a pitching/chipping area and a bunker.

Covered in mature trees and bright green in color, this course is well-maintained 24/7 and is always a joy to play on. It is also consistently being given 4- and 5-star ratings by its customers.

Golf Course Information:

Madison Golf Course (Peoria)
2735 West Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Peoria
IL 61604
Telephone: 309-673-7161

11. Newman Golf Course (Peoria)

With over 6,800 yards of playing room and 18 holes, this golf course is spectacular with its full-grown trees, lush greenery, and ponds that sometimes have sprinklers in them.

It is open from March 1 to December 1 and was built in 1920, although they do such a great job of maintaining it that it still looks phenomenal.

Beautiful blue grass covers the fairways while the greens are covered with bent grass, so the course is both easy to play on and easy to look at.

If you look at reviews from real-life customers, most give them either "excellent" or "good" in almost every category, which tells you all you need to know about the course.

Golf Course Information:

Newman Golf Course (Peoria)
2021 W Nebraska Ave, Peoria

IL 61604
Telephone: 309-674-1663

12. Parkview Golf Course (Pekin)

This 18-hole course is a public/municipal course that boats over 6,000 yards of golfing opportunity.

Extremely neat and well-maintained, the course is open all year long and was built in 1920, even though it still looks great today.

You get a putting green but no driving range, and between the on-staff pro and the professional lessons, you can take advantage of these things and greatly improve your game.

Great for both locals and visitors, this course can accommodate both inexperienced golfers and those who have been playing for years. Players especially love the elevation changes and the bunkers, and you'll find the course challenging enough without being too difficult regardless of your level of experience.

Golf Course Information:

Parkview Golf Course (Pekin)
2300 Broadway St, Pekin

IL 61554

Telephone: 309-346-8494


13.  Quail Meadows Golf Course (Washington)

This 18-hole golf course provides you with more than 6,900 yards of opportunity, and it is open from March 15 to October 31 each year.

It has blue grass covering the fairways and bent grass on the greens, and even though it was built in 1920, it is very well-maintained and in great condition. 

You get access to a driving range, a putting green, and even a golf simulator, which means you have everything you need to improve your game. 

They even provide indoor practice areas and an academy to help improve your skills, giving you all of the tools you need to improve your golfing skills and become a much better player.

Golf Course Information:

Quail Meadows Golf Course (Washington)
2215 Centennial Dr, Washington
IL 61571
Telephone: 309-694-3139


14. Sunset Hills Country Club - Executive Course (Pekin)

This nine-hole golf course was built in 1964 and is open all year long. It consists of a driving range and putting green, and you can even rent carts and clubs from them if you're interested in that.

Players think the course is challenging enough to be interesting but not too difficult, and they love the layout and overall design of it. 

In fact, most players give this course either "excellent" or "good" ratings in most areas, which means you can't go wrong when choosing to play here.

Even more advanced players can enjoy this course, because it truly offers something for everyone.

Golf Course Information:

Sunset Hills Country Club - Executive Course (Pekin)
1620 Summit Dr, Pekin
IL 61554
Telephone: 309-347-7553

15.Weaver Ridge Golf Club (Peoria)

This is an 18-hole golf course with 7,000 yards of playing opportunity, and it was built in 1997 and designed by Dana Fry and Dr. Michael Hurdzan.

Bent grass covers the fairways and the greens, and you get access to a driving range and a putting green to help you get more prepared for every outing on the green. With crystal-clear water, bright green grass, and lots of fully grown trees, this course is just as aesthetically appealing as it is accommodating.

In fact, whether you're just learning this great sport or you've been playing for years, you can easily get a lot out of every one of your outings to the facility because this is one golf course that won't disappoint.

Golf Course Information:

Weaver Ridge Golf Club (Peoria)
5100 N Weaverridge Blvd, Peoria
IL 61615
Telephone: 239-352-0777


Illinois has hundreds of golf courses all throughout the state, and even though most of them are only open about half the year, that still leaves you plenty of opportunities to enjoy your obsession with the game and even improve your skills along the way.

If you're just beginning to play golf, you can find a lot of nine-hole courses and facilities with pros on-staff so you can learn the game better, and more experienced players can still enjoy courses that are more challenging.

In other words, the golfing facilities in this part of the country truly offer something for everyone.

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