Best of 2018: Illinois

Best public courses you can play in the state from Chicago to downstate.
View of the 16th hole at TPC Deere Run

The yearly Golf Advisor state best-of lists are compiled by analyzing the ratings and reviews submitted by members of our community throughout the year. We use our Golf Advisor Index logic that weights newer reviews and combine it with a course's weighted subcategory averages. Reviews from trusted and active reviewers are weighted heavier than inactive members.

Courses must offer public access and have received at least one review in 2018 to be eligible for this year's list.

Illinois golf courses reviewed in 2018: 271
Reviews of Illinois golf courses in 2018: 3,814

  1. Marengo, Illinois
    Public
    4.7160411765
    417

  2. West Chicago, Illinois
    Public
    4.7055705882
    433

  3. Waterloo, Illinois
    Public
    4.7229470588
    522

  4. Rockford, Illinois
    Public/Municipal
    3.6752470588
    202

  5. Byron, Illinois
    Public
    4.6114941176
    124

  6. Wheaton, Illinois
    Public
    4.6566588235
    234

  7. Elgin, Illinois
    Public
    4.4756823529
    418

  8. Danville, Illinois
    Public
    4.6416705882
    53

  9. Silvis, Illinois
    Public
    4.6105823529
    92

  10. Channahon, Illinois
    Public
    4.4651294118
    156

  11. Grayslake, Illinois
    Public
    4.5705588235
    324

  12. Roscoe, Illinois
    Public/Municipal
    4.4165647059
    103

  13. Forsyth, Illinois
    Public
    4.3711857143
    72

  14. Crete, Illinois
    Public
    4.2389176471
    225

  15. Elgin, Illinois
    Municipal
    4.8728823529
    260

  16. Lena, Illinois
    Semi-Private
    4.5857941176
    139

  17. Wheaton, Illinois
    Public
    4.7117235294
    342

  18. Homewood, Illinois
    Public
    4.5917176471
    538

  19. Zion, Illinois
    Public
    4.6831058824
    359

  20. Tuscola, Illinois
    Public
    4.3183882353
    83

  21. Findlay, Illinois
    Public/Resort
    3.8446705882
    71

  22. Romeoville, Illinois
    Semi-Private
    4.6936588235
    28

  23. Danville, Illinois
    Public
    3.5546176471
    56


Corrected 1/4/19, 12:50 AM:The original version of this list had the wrong promo for Arrowhead Golf Club that was directed to Arrowhead Country Club.
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