Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Illinois

TPC Deere Run is one of the top courses the public can play in Illinois. (Courtesy of TPC Network)
Bowes Creek was the only course in Illinois to make the U.S. Top 50 in 2016. (btweed1683/GolfAdvisor)
A perfect shot is needed to avoid the water on the eighth at Cantigny Golf's Woodside Course. (Courtesy of Cantigny Golf)
In Rockford, bargain play Aldeen Golf Club scored highest in Illinois on Golf Advisor in 2014. (Courtesy of Aldeen G.C.)
Harborside International Golf Center is just 16 minutes from The Loop. (Courtesy of Harborside International G.C.)
Stonewall Orchard Golf Club, designed by Arthur Hills, is located just north of Chicago. (Courtesy of Stonewall Orchard G.C.)

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


24. Ravisloe Country Club


23. Balmoral Woods Country Club


22. Makray Memorial Golf Club


21. Bonnie Brook Golf Course


20.Stonewolf Golf Club

Fairview Heights

19. Prairie Bluff Golf Club

Crest Hill

18.Glenview Park Golf Club


17. Belk Park Golf Course

Wood River

16. TPC Deere Run


15. Mistwood Golf Course


14. Blackstone Golf Club


13. Starboard at Harborside International Golf Center


12. Bittersweet Golf Club


11. Randall Oaks Golf Club


10. Aldeen Golf Course


9. The Highlands of Elgin


8. PrairieView Golf Club


7. Ledges Golf Course


6. Pontiac Elks Country Club


5. Deer Park Country Club


4. Cantigny Golf


3. The Den at Fox Creek


2. Annbriar Golf Course


1. Bowes Creek Country Club

No. 21 in the U.S. in 2016

Feb 28, 2017

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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

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.

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