Is your dad a golf fanatic? Why not treat him this summer with a trip to a top-rated golf course? He’ll have a blast, and you’ll be able to spend some quality time together. What’s not to love? Yesterday, we gave our recommendations for the top golf courses on the East Coast. Today we’ll take a look at some of the the top-rated midwest golf courses in the US.
Wild Horse – Gothenburg, NE
Forbes.com suggests this as one of the best golf deals in the nation. The 300-acre Scottish links-style course is challenging, featuring many rough and pot bunkers and is ranked in the top 75 courses to play by Golf Magazine. For the price, there is none better.
Brickyard Crossing – Indianapolis, IN
Brickyard Crossing offers one of the most unique golfing experiences in the country for a very low price. The course passes along and inside of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the most famous autotrack in the world. Golfers often play amidst the sound of Indy Cars taking practice laps around the speedway. The novelty of the course, plus the low price, makes this a must-try experience.
Mirimichi – Memphis, TN
Renovated by Justin Timberlake and developed into one of most economically friendly golf courses in the world, Mirimichi is a must-play course for locals and many others around the country. As an added bonus, a visit to Memphis provides access to world-class barbecue and blues.
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay – Tower, MN
The Wilderness lives up to its name with its pristine landscape, lakefront holes, and exposed rock ledges. Located near Lake Vermillion, one of Minnesota’s top fishing spots, this course is part of the Fortune Bay casino resort.
Arcadia Bluffs – Arcadia, MI
The rugged dunes-like topography of Arcadia Bluffs makes the course a challenge, especially when combined with vertical faces and concave and convex corners of its stacked-sod bunkers. Located on the bluffs above Lake Michigan, the course offers a beautiful backdrop for your golf game.
Karsten Creek – Stillwater, OK
Karsten Creek was developed by Oklahoma State University in the 1990s and is still ranked as one of best collegiate courses. Its bold features and contours also make it one of toughest courses on America’s 100 Public.
Cog Hill Golf Club – Lemont, IL
The Dubsdread course at the Cog Hill Golf Club is perhaps the best course in the state of Illinois, not to mention one of Tiger Woods’ favorite courses in the country. The course features tight fairways and heavily bunkered, undulating greens.
Erin Hills – Erin, WI
This course was designed to be able to accommodate a U.S. Open, and indeed, it has now claimed that honor for 2017. The rolling terrain, formed by glaciers, and surrounding wetlands and river make for a unique and challenging course.
French Lick Resort – French Lick, IN
As Golf Digest’s Best New Public Course of 2009 and designer Pete Dye’s namesake course, the Pete Dye at French Lick Resort draws a variety of golfers. Its 300, 500, and 600 yard holes combined with water obstacles and volcano bunkers provide a challenge, but the terrain is beautiful and, for a mountain course, the walk is surprisingly easy.
Whistling Straits – Haven, WI
Whistling Straits boasts two top-quality courses, the Straits and the Irish. The rugged Straits course, which hosted to the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships and 2007 Senior Open, runs along the Lake Michigan coastline and features fescue fairways and massive sand dune bunkers. The Irish, on the other hand, is deceptively tranquil with grassland, dunes, and meandering rivers.
Do you know of another great golf course in the Midwest? Tell us about it in the comments below. We would love to hear your recommendations!