Great Midwest Golf Courses for Retirees

Golf is a popular sport for the 55+ crowd and those in the Midwest have plenty of top-notch courses from which to choose.
Golf is a popular sport for the 55+ crowd and those in the Midwest have plenty of top-notch courses from which to choose.
Golf is a popular sport for the 55+ crowd and those in the Midwest have plenty of top-notch courses from which to choose.

August is National Golf Month, and of all the activities available to active adults, golf is among the most popular. Although there are a number of 55+ communities with golf courses included, the advanced golfer may want to try his or her hand at a more challenging course.

While there are a variety of beautiful oceanfront courses on both the West and East coasts, the Midwest is also home to its fair share of courses that offer amazing views and challenging holes. Here are a few of our favorites:

Cog Hill Country Club – Lemont, IL

The Dubsdread Course at Cog Hill Country Club in Lemont, Illinois is often touted as the number one course in the entire state of Illinois. Home to multiple past PGA tournaments, this luxury course is great because everyone is welcome – no membership is required to hit 18 holes at this picturesque golf club. It’s also ideal for Illinois active adults, because it’s just a thirty-minute drive to Naperville, a large metropolitan area that is home to a number of 55+ communities like Carillon Club, Hampton Park, and Hobson Villas.

Cantigny Golf Club – Wheaton, IL

The 27-hole course at Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois is widely regarded as one of the best places to golf in all of the Midwest. With three separate and distinct courses to choose from, every golfer can find something at this well-maintained facility. The beautiful courses reside on the Cantigny estate, the former home of Robert R. McCormick, who built the Tribune newspaper company from the ground up. Great for the 55+ crowd, Cantigny is located a short drive from Aurora, so homeowners in Carillon at Stonegate and Stonegate West don’t need to travel far for a game of golf.

Wilds Golf Club – Prior Lake, MN

Minnesota active adults love Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake, settled scenically between beautiful wooded areas, wetlands, and habitats home to native Minnesota wildlife. Designed by 1970s champion golfer Tom Weiskopf, the Wilds course is for experienced pros, but offers even novices idyllic views and proximity to nature. Located just 35-minutes by car from Maple Grove, Minnesota, this is the perfect course for golf lovers living in Four Seasons at Rush Creek.

Longaberger Golf Club – Nashport, OH

The #1 ranked public golf course in Ohio according to Golf Digest, Longaberger Golf Club is a golfer’s paradise conveniently located in Nashport, Ohio. Thanks to offering multiple tees on each hole, the course is playable by expert golfers and beginners alike. The course is also blended into the natural settings surrounding it, making for tranquil views and incorporated water features. Longaberger is located just a half-hour drive from the Hebron, Ohio area, making it near enough for residents of The Landings at Maple Bay, The Villages of River Oaks, and The Village of Colonial Woods to enjoy.

The Harvester Golf Club – Rhodes, IA

The Harvester Golf Club in Rhodes, Iowa prides itself on incorporating a beautiful and challenging golf course into the existing rural lands of Iowa. Rather than leveling the land and building a course from scratch, this course integrates the natural land and water features to make for an exciting game of golf at any level of experience. It’s also perfect for the Iowa active adult. The Harvester is located a mere 35-minute drive from Ankeny, which is home to Villas at Stonewater, making it easy for residents to experience this impressive golf course firsthand.

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