You might associate America's Midwest with the Great Lakes, the Great Plains, or cold winters, but do not sell short the gorgeous golf courses that stud the landscape. Integrated into forest areas and rolling hills, these venues are perfect destinations to visit during a Midwest golf vacation.
Illinois: Westview Golf Course
2150 S. 36th St. in Quincy, IL 62301
Scotty Glasgow was the architect of this golf course, which opened in 1946. A 27-hole public course, there is a putting green for practice on site. If you are serious about your practice time, do not bypass the sand bunker for sand shots. (Missing is a driving range.) Weekday green fees start at $15 for nine holes and $20 for 18 holes. Add another $8 or $15 respectively for a cart. Time your visit to fall between April 1 and September 30 to take advantage of the 4 p.m. twilight "all you can play deal" for $25, which includes the cart. If the Midwest golf vacation falls on your birthday, register with Westview Golf Course online to receive a free greens fee.
Iowa: Indian Hills Golf & Country Club
15582 40th St. in Wapello, IA 52653
This 18-hole course is semi-private. Established in 1967 by architect Gary Buchanan, you are sure to appreciate the narrow fairways of the back nine. If you are a player needing a bit more room, stick with the front nine, where the fairways are wide and invitingly open. Blue grass sets the tone for fairway speed; bent grass is the choice for the greens. As an all-day golfer, enjoy the $35 greens fee, which includes the cart. For 18 holes, the cost is $28.
Missouri: Hannibal Country Club
1200 Country Club Drive in Hannibal, MO 63401
If you live more than 18 miles from the Hannibal city limit and you know a club member, you have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited access to the Hannibal Country Club. Although there are only nine holes, the beauty of the fairways and the sneakily placed bunkers more than make up for the missing back nine. Please note that unlike public courses, this one keeps bankers' hours. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the pace here is slow and comfortable. Dating back to 1903, this 2,922-yard course is an excellent choice for the more mature player who wants to put in a leisurely nine holes and spend the rest of the afternoon socializing. While the club does not advertise its green fees, the old adage of "if you have to ask how much it costs, you cannot afford it" applies.
Wisconsin: Madeline Island Golf Club
498 Old Fort Road in La Pointe, WI 54850
When island golf is to your liking, then Madeline Island is sure to deliver. There are 18 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Dress for formal golf and pay $40 for 18 holes or $25 for nine holes. A cart costs an additional $15 or $10, respectively. After 4 p.m. take advantage of the $25 twilight special. Since this course offers a special junior rate of $20 for those under the age of 15, consider this a course to visit with your family.