Top 5 Golf Courses in the Midwest

By Steve Silverman

The Midwest may not have as many outstanding golf destinations as the southern or western United States, but there are a number of beautiful golf courses that rank with some of the best in the country. If you are thinking about playing golf while in the Midwest, plan your vacation from late spring through early fall for the best golf experience.

River Course Black Wolf Run

The River Course at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin is an outstanding challenge that has been recognized as one of the top 10 courses available to the public in the United States by Golf Magazine. It starts off with an extremely challenging and difficult par 5 hole known as the "Snake." With water to the left of the tee and an undulating green, golfers quickly get the message that they are in for a severe challenge.

Dubsdread at Cog Hill Golf Club

The Dubsdread course at the Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont, Illinois is perhaps the No. 1 course in the state of Illinois. You don't have to be a member to play on a course that Tiger Woods has described as one of his favorites in the country. It's no wonder, because Woods won three PGA tournaments played at the course, which features tight fairways and undulating greens that are heavily bunkered.

Gailes Golf Course

The Gailes Golf Course at the Lakewood Shores Resort in Oscoda, Michigan is nearly 7,000 yards on a course that features tight driving spaces and often has difficult pin placement. This is a course for golfers who want a severe challenge and will still enjoy themselves even if they find themselves in the midst of a difficult round.

Cantigny Golf

The Cantigny Golf Course in Wheaton, Illinois offers the golfer one of the most beautiful and difficult rounds in the state. The course is difficult but there are a few respites that allow a golfer to catch his breath and plan the next shot. There are 70 bunkers and 12 lakes on the course.

Wilds Golf Club

The Wilds Course at the Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake, Minnesota is a 7,025-yard course that demands accurate drives throughout. This is a course for an experienced golfer that can get decent distance. Otherwise, a golfer will have to resort to admiring the beautiful scenery because the round of golf will be a bit too difficult.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.
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