Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Illinois

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.

Don't see your favorite Illinois golf course? You can make your voice heard by writing a review here.

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

Grayslake


Homewood


Crete


Barrington


Waukegan


Fairview Heights


Crest Hill


Glenview


Wood River


Silvis


Romeoville


Marengo


Chicago


Rockford


Dundee


Rockford


Elgin


Byron


Roscoe


Pontiac


Oglesby


Wheaton


Bloomington


Waterloo


Elgin
No. 21 in the U.S. in 2016


Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 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 @btuck34.
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These courses are real nice and quite challenging!!!

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