Kankakee County Home to Fine Golf Courses
Golfers delight in Kankakee County's variety of venues.
Other golf communities might be green with envy after seeing how many top courses are in Kankakee County. And several cities (and villages) are represented. For example, Momence is home to South Shore Golf Club, a demanding venue where water comes into play on seven holes. Its small greens are fast and undulating, and most are well bunkered.
The village of Manteno is home to Manteno Golf Club, which features several elevated tees along with six water hazards that come into play. The popular club also offers discounts for juniors and seniors on weekdays. Grant Park also has its own course – Minne Monesse Golf Club, which opened in 1926. The par 72 layout is graced with rolling hills, water on 11 holes and huge old oaks. St. Anne is home to Shamrock Golf Club, a 3,487-yard, par 60 executive course nestled in a naturally wooded area. The fairways are narrow and many mature trees can alter your shots. Also in St. Anne is Oak Springs Golf Course, which opened in 1969 and spans 6,260 yards – and is also known for delicious clubhouse menu items. In Bourbonnais, Aspen Ridge Golf Course opened in 1998 and stretches 5,968 yards. Aspen Ridge is considered very affordable in golf circles, with a maximum price on weekends of $32 for 18 holes and a cart.
The city of Kankakee is home to Kankakee Country Club, a private course that opened in 1916 and is playable from April through November. The venue measures 5,745 yards and is a par 70. And perhaps the crown jewel of the Kankakee County golf scene is Kankakee Elks Country Club, a public course that has been around since 1901. The great golfer Sam Snead played the course in the 1950s‚ and boxing legend Joe Louis trained at the old clubhouse for one of his prizefights. The Elks Club purchased the course in the 1950s and continues to run it today. In fact, they still hold meetings in Lodge No. 627 on the property. Another interesting point about Kankakee Elks Country Club: Their head golf professional is a woman. Mary Murphy, a former Ladies Professional Golf Association player, arrived at Kankakee Elks in January 2008 and specializes in lessons. “The rates I charge for lessons are very reasonable – $35 per half hour and $15 for juniors,” she says. “My first teacher was Dick Harmon, one of the all-time greats in the sport. He had a policy of not charging a lot of money, and making sure that good instruction was given to everyone, no matter what your level of play.”