Golfers' Choice 2020: Best of Illinois golf courses

The best public-access courses from Chicago to downstate based on your reviews.
Architect Arthur Hills moved very little earth to shape the land into Stonewall Orchard Golf Club.

Editor's Note: To view the latest Illinois Golfers' Choice lists for 2021, click here.

The annual Golf Advisor Golfers' Choice state lists are compiled by analyzing the ratings and reviews submitted by members of our review 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 2019 to be eligible for this year's list.

Want to get involved? Click here to review a golf course, whether it’s your first or your 100th.

Illinois golf courses reviewed in 2019: 307
Reviews of Illinois golf courses: 4,744

  1. Annbriar Golf Course
    Waterloo, Illinois
    Public
    4.7229470588
    522

  2. Aldeen Golf Course
    Rockford, Illinois
    Public/Municipal
    3.6752470588
    202

  3. Cantigny Golf
    Wheaton, Illinois
    Public
    4.6566588235
    234

  4. Dubsdread at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
  5. Blackstone Golf Club
    Marengo, Illinois
    Public
    4.7160411765
    417

  6. Arrowhead Golf Club (27 holes)
    Wheaton, Illinois
    Public
    4.7117235294
    342

  7. El Paso Golf Club
    El Paso, Illinois
    Semi-Private
    4.5836764706
    41

  8. Lake Carroll Golf Course
    Lanark, Illinois
    Semi-Private
    4.7960823529
    59

  9. Mendota Golf Club
    Mendota, Illinois
    Semi-Private
    4.4711352941
    79

  10. PrairieView Golf Club
    Byron, Illinois
    Public
    4.6114941176
    124

  11. Bolingbrook Golf Club
    Bolingbrook, Illinois
    Semi-Private
    4.3824294118
    147

  12. Port Course at Harborside International Golf Center
  13. Turtle Run Golf Club
    Danville, Illinois
    Public
    4.6416705882
    53

  14. Bonnie Brook Golf Course
    Waukegan, Illinois
    Public
    4.5276235294
    201

  15. Prairie Landing
    West Chicago, Illinois
    Public
    4.7104529412
    435

  16. Highlands of Elgin
    Elgin, Illinois
    Municipal
    4.8728823529
    260

  17. Stonewall Orchard Golf Club
    Grayslake, Illinois
    Public
    4.5692647059
    326

  18. Starboard at Harborside International Golf Center
    Ultimate Itinerary: Chicago
    This content is only available to GolfPass members.
    Try GolfPass+ free for 7 days and get a gift* from TaylorMade!
    *Terms and conditions apply. Gift eligible after paid membership starts.

    Terms and conditions apply.

  19. Shepherd's Crook Golf Course
    Zion, Illinois
    Public
    4.6845176471
    360

  20. Calumet Country Club
    Homewood, Illinois
    Semi-Private
    3.9746647059
    230

  21. TPC Deere Run
    Silvis, Illinois
    Public
    4.6105823529
    92

  22. Bowes Creek Country Club
    Elgin, Illinois
    Public
    4.4756823529
    418

  23. Ravisloe Golf Club
    Homewood, Illinois
    Public
    4.5908941176
    540

  24. Schaumburg Golf Club
  25. Greenview Golf Club
    Centralia, Illinois
    Public
    4.6087857143
    18

Golfer's Choice rankings are determined by our community of reviewers.
View all the Golfers' Choice 2021 lists, including all 50 states.
Best campus and collegiate-affiliated public golf courses according to our reviews community.
1 Min Read
Best public-access courses in the Lone Star state based on reviews from our community of golfers.
1 Min Read
The best executive, par-3 and nine-hole public golf courses according to our reviews community.
4 Min Read
Best public golf courses in the state based on our community of reviewers.
1 Min Read
Best public courses in the state based on our community of reviewers.
1 Min Read
Best public golf courses in the state based on our community of reviewers.
1 Min Read
More from the author
4 Min Read
January 10, 2021
For the Canada Golfers' Choice list, we're seeking the best value among the courses in the country by scanning your reviews from 2019.
4 Min Read
January 10, 2021
For the Canada Golfers' Choice list, we're seeking the best value among the courses in the country by scanning your reviews from 2019.
1 Min Read
January 9, 2021
Best public golf courses in the state based on our community of reviewers.
January 9, 2021
Best public golf courses in the state based on our community of reviewers.
1 Min Read
January 7, 2021
Best public golf courses in the state based on our community of reviewers.
1 Min Read
January 7, 2021
Best public golf courses in the state based on our community of reviewers.
Popular
21 Images
August 31, 2021
Flowers, castles and sunsets highlight the best photos from our users in the last hurrah of summer.
4 Min Read
September 1, 2021
While the boom has been great for the industry, it's been tougher on golfers looking for tee times.
1 Min Read
September 17, 2021
R.I.P. to a legend.
9 Min Read
September 23, 2021
We've crafted a Dream 18 from the most exciting holes in American public golf.
Load More
Now Reading
Golfers' Choice 2020: Best of Illinois golf courses