Top Rated Chicago Golf Courses

Best Chicago Golf Courses

Creating a list of top-rated courses in Chicago is about as difficult as hitting a driver off the deck, so before you jump into ‘Where is ___ on this list?’, know that we love too many Chicago golf courses to mention even 10% of them here. Chicago and its surrounding suburbs (North, Northwest, South, Southwest and West) are truly unique in their collective offering of world-class tracks. With a mix of parkland, links and resort courses, one could play 36 holes every day during the summer and never encounter the same golf course twice. And while each layout differs considerably from the next one, the best courses in Chicago are perfectly consistent in their offering of perfect bentgrass greens, aesthetically pleasing prairie grasses and stately Oaks.
Thunderhawk Golf
  • Beach Park, Illinois
  • Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
  • Parkland Golf at its Finest
  • Audubon Society Signature Sanctuary Course
  • The 600-yard 18th Hole is One of the Hardest in Illinois— Better Pack a Lunch!
Cantigny Golf
  • Wheaton, Illinois
  • Three Nine-Hole Layouts- Woodside, Hillside and Lakeside
  • Designed by Roger Packard and Renovated by Jacobson Golf Course Design
  • Host of the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links
  • “Double Jeopardy” is One of the Best Par-5s in the Midwest
Harborside Golf
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Two 18-Hole Layouts- Port & Starboard
  • A Dick Nugent Designed Urban Links with Skyline Views & Windswept Greens
  • Hosted a PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR Event in 2002
  • Crenshaw Compared it to Muirfield
Bolingbrook Golf
  • Bolingbrook, Illinois
  • Arthur Hills Designed Links in a Bucolic Setting
  • Home to a True Island Green
  • World-Class Course Conditions
  • Clubhouse is a Prime Destination for Chicago Suburbanites
George Dunne Golf
  • Oak Forest, Illinois
  • Dick Nugent Designed Parkland Layout
  • Convenient to the City
  • Beautiful Setting with Ample Wildlife
  • Packs Plenty of Punch with its 142 Slope
Calumet Country Club
  • Homewood, Illinois
  • Designed by Donald Ross
  • Public for the First Time Since Opening in 1901
  • Host of the 1924 Western Open and 1945 Chicago Victory Open
  • Brilliant Parkland Design from the Golden Age
And after you’ve checked out the best courses in Chicago, be sure to check out all of our amazing courses around the globe to find your next golf trip destination!