Throughout the years, professional golf events have, and continue to be drawn to our scenic and various golfing options. Lake County was home to the PGA’s BMW Championship in 2013, 2015 and 2017 at Conway Farms Golf Course in Lake Forest. Lake County also hosted the 2016 LPGA UL Crown at the Merit Club in Gurnee. The 2012 US Mid-Amateur Championship, 2009 Western Amateur, 2008 US Open Sectional Qualifying and the 2007 Open Qualifier, and the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open were also held in Lake County.
Tee up on the rolling emerald hills of one of our 46 golf courses, lined by lush forests and open spaces that Lake County is known for, and in one swing, you’ll feel everyday hassles soaring away. Even though there’s a scorecard, no one’s keeping track, so whether you’re soaring with the eagles, or aiming for the birdies, there’s a course for everyone in Lake County.
Experience the challenging fairways of the area's golf courses like Shiloh Park and Shepherd's Crook Golf Courses in Zion while being surrounded by Lake County's natural beauty. Weave through the winding greens of Thunderhawk Golf Club, designed by architect Robert Trent Jones to blend harmoniously with the natural landscape. Thunderhawk Tip by Alex Eichman, Golf Operations Manager: Practice your lag putting prior to your round. With large, undulating greens good lag putting will be the key to no three-putts and a score that keeps you smiling. Countryside Prairie golf course requires a slightly different set of skills to master this challenge. With wide fairways, younger trees and fewer rolling hills, on the Prairie course golfers will deal with more wind; therefore a lower ball flight is more desirable. Tip from Alex: To hit keep the ball under the wind remember four easy steps: 1) take a slightly wider stance, 2) take one less club, 3) choke down two inches, 4) swing slower and maintain your balance.
Sunset Valley Golf Club in Highland Park has undergone an extensive $7 million renovation to the course and clubhouse. The new course reflects a unique British Highlands course design. Spend time golfing with the Navy in your backyard at Willow Glen at the Naval Station in Great Lakes which is open to public play. Join the ranks, and earn your stripes at this challenging 18-hole layout boasted as one of the finest facilities in the Navy.
Warm up your swing at the Libertyville Sports Complex Driving Range before heading out to play. No matter your skill level or budget, we have a fairway for every golfer to experience in Lake County.