Golf Courses Reopen in Lake County 2020

Update as of May 29, with the start of Phase 3 Restore Illinois, golf courses will permit foursomes on the same tee times. Golf carts will also be accessible, seating one per vehicle or two from immediate households.

Many golf courses in Lake County and statewide will allow residents and visitors to hit the links on May 1.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity provided its rules to courses throughout the Land of Lincoln under Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s renewed coronavirus-prevention orders in effect throughout May.

But before we get to the rules, let’s celebrate the reopening of courses in Lake County as they are everyone’s sanctuary. Well in some cases… because in some instances it conjures our deepest rage.

In our area, Lake County has 46 scenic courses with pristine wall-to-wall fairways. With the beauty, complexity and elaborate terrain, Golf Courses in Lake County have hosted some of the most extraordinary talents in the PGA and LPGA.

Statewide Golf Course Rules During COVID-19 Crisis

  • Golfers may not touch the pin
  • No rakes will be left to smooth sand traps
  • Bring a damp towel to wash balls as no washers will be available
  • Bars and clubhouses are closed
  • Tee times and payments will be taken over the phone or online
  • Pull carts will not be rented out
  • Golfers must stay six feet apart
  • Tee times will only be taken in twosomes

Courses will have signage erected around the grounds to remind golfers. Test your linkability in tandems of two, and check out a collection of Lake County golf courses.

Lake County Golf Courses

Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee


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This 18-hole public championship course with a country club vibe is designed for avid golfers, but accessible to all levels.

Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan

Designed in 1926 by James Foulis, Bonnie Brook ranks among the top 50 public golf facilities in the Chicagoland area. Great for scratch golfers and new players, too.

Brae Loch Golf Course in Grayslake


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The Grayslake golf club is a fun, challenging 18-hole, par-70 course with mature trees and sweeping vistas that provide a quality golf experience for all skill levels.

Countryside Golf Club in Mundelein


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The Mundelein golf club offers two 18-hole courses with a variety of terrain features that will test any player.

Crane’s Landing Golf Club at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

A premier destination for golf in Illinois, 18-hole, par-70 course on 110 acres of preserved woodlands and is an Illinois Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Greenshire Golf Course in Beach Park


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This nine-hole, par-3 public course features a gentle stream and pond on 15.5 lushly-landscaped acres.

Libertyville Golf Course

The nine-hole course features 1,205 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 27. The course rating is 35.0, and it has a slope rating of 113 on Bluegrass. Designed by Leonard Macomber, the Libertyville golf course opened in 1982.

Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course in Zion


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Both challenging and exciting play await at this Keith Foster-designed course, reminiscent of Ireland’s Ballybunion or Waterville courses. Bentgrass fairways, flowing fescue and rolling greens transport you back to that golden era of golf.

Shiloh Park Golf Course in Zion

Whether you are a low or high handicapper, Shiloh Park Golf Course enables you to work on your game in a beautiful setting. The course is excellently maintained, which provides a high level of value for your golf experience.

Steeple Chase Golf Club in Mundelein

Nestled on over 200 beautiful acres, the Mundelein course is among the best in Chicagoland ranked four stars in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play,” and voted Daily Herald Readers Choice “Best Golf Course.”

Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake


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The Grayslake golf courses allow the natural rolling landscape to dictate this magnificent 18-hole Lake County design. The 7,124-yard, par 72 championship layout provides its own identity and challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Open to the public.

Sunset Valley Golf Course in Highland Park


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The recently renovated course reflects a unique British Highlands course design. Its openness, accentuated by strategic landforms, flowing masses of native grasses and groves of trees, harken back to the course’s 1920’s aesthetic and architecture.

Thunderhawk Golf Club in Beach Park


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Ranked number four in Golfweek’s “Best Courses to Play” in Illinois for 2018. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, the Beach Park golf club is an Illinois Certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary.

Vernon Hills Golf Course


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Recognized as one of the “Top Ten Best” nine-hole courses in the Chicagoland area. The golf course features narrow fairways and small greens. The terrain is rolling with a creek that meanders into play on seven holes.

Veterans Memorial Golf Course at Naval Station Great Lakes


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The Veterans Memorial Golf Course, formerly known as Willow Glen Golf Club, is home to a picturesque 18-hole layout that provides a challenge for all skill levels. The Naval Station Great Lakes course is open to the public.

White Deer Run Golf Club in Vernon Hills

A premier public golf course built on the famed Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills offers 18 holes over 240 acres of rolling terrain, picturesque lakes and a fair challenge for any skill level.

For more information about the rules as we battle this public health crisis, continue here. To learn more about Lake County golf courses, click here.


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