Is it just me, or does everyone peek out their office windows on a beautiful day, see the sunshine and think, “What a great day for golf?” The awesome thing about the Peoria Area is that you have so many opportunities to get your fix of pulling out a driver before teeing one up and letting it rip. With over 20 courses in the immediate area open to the public, it’s a perfect location for one of those golf-getaway-weekends every avid golfer dreams of.
I don’t want to bore you by going through each and every course in the area, so I’ve picked out a few of my local favorites that should help in deciding where to make your tee-times when visiting. These courses vary in difficulty and price, but are the places I’d suggest for an entertaining morning or afternoon in Peoria.
So, without further ado, I give to you my favorite courses in the Peoria Area.Peoria, IL Par: 72 Length: 6,775 Yards Course Rating: 71.9 Slope: 129
Kellogg was already one of the nicer courses in the area, but the recent renovations have kicked the level of golf into another gear. It now features bent grass fairways and greens, new sand bunkers, uplifted trees, improved drainage and an updated clubhouse. It’s the perfect place to fit in a quick round or, if you’re not ready for 18 holes, the Executive 9 may be the perfect option. This shorter and easier nine hole course fits every skill level. There’s no question that Kellogg offers the best round of golf compared to all of the Peoria Park District courses. When you’re heading to Peoria, be sure to give their clubhouse a ring and make your tee time.Pekin, IL Par: 72 Length: 6,910 Yards Course Rating: 73.5 Slope: 137
Lick Creek is the course that I love to hate. What I mean is that I love playing there, but for some reason my game just doesn’t fit the course. But let me tell you, I haven’t had more fun playing eighteen holes in the area. One of my favorite holes is the par 5 second. The tee shot is one for the ages, with an extremely elevated tee into a fairway that takes a hard right turn at the landing area. Every time I step up onto the tee box, I am forced to decide to play it safe or cut the corner. It’s the ultimate risk/reward decision. The rest of the course offers a nice variety between shots focused on length and accuracy. This is a tough, but fun course that travelers in the area should certainly make a priority!Par: 71 Length: 7,100 Yards Course Rating: 74.1 Slope: 130
Metamora Fields will instantly give you a taste of links golf from Europe. This course has everything you’d want in a classic course, while remaining playable for golfers of every skill level. Metamora Fields opened in 2011, but is quickly becoming one of the more well-known courses in the area. Immediately upon entering the parking lot, you’ll know that you’re in for quite an experience. The beautiful landscape and breathtaking club house set the tone for 18 holes of golf. So whether you’re a scratch golfer or you have a handicap of 20+, this course is a guaranteed fun time!Peoria, IL Par: 72 Length: 7,030 Yards Course Rating: 73.1 Slope: 136
WeaverRidge is without a doubt the best course in the area, in my opinion. There’s a big difference between a round of 18 holes and an experience, and at WeaverRidge, you’re paying for both. The course offers golfers a chance at playing a championship style course with bent grass tees and fairways, fast and true greens, along with dramatic elevation changes. This isn’t a course you should expect to shoot your best round on, because you’ll end up being disappointed. When you’re on the way to WeaverRidge Golf Club, just remember that it’s an experience, not the PGA Tour Championship. Although if you do have the round of your life, don’t be afraid to brag about it with your buddies!
So for all of you golfers out there, come tee it up in Peoria! With so many quality golf courses in the area that vary in difficulty levels, it’d be a shame to hit one “out of bounds” by going anywhere else!
Written By: Andrew Ketterer