Photo Credit: Ste. Genevieve Golf Club (Sainte Genevieve MO)

Golfing on the Great River Road

Last year one out of three  people played, watched, or read about golfing. Were you one of them? Discover where to swing the club along the Mississippi River.​


The Bridges Golf Course (Winona, MN)

The Bridges Golf Course (Winona, MN)

Play on a course that’s hosted numerous Minnesota State Championships, including the 2001 Men’s Amateur Championship.. This course has withstood the test time, it’s been around for 100 years.

The Jewel Golf Club (Lake City, MN)

Play a course designed by Hale Irwin, a three time US Open Winner. The 7,050 yard terrain has a variety of holes to choose from.


Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club

Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club (Trempealeau, WI)

First-class golfing situated between the majestic Mississippi River and beautiful Perrot State Park. Proudly offering an 18-hole championship golf course, open to the public with a modern links-style design.

Forest Hills Public Golf (La Crosse, WI)

Not sure how to get into golfing? Forest Hills has something for every level of experience, even lessons for those who are just joining the game.


Timberline Golf Course (Peosta, Iowa)

Timberline Golf Course (Peosta, Iowa)

Want a golfing challenge? Take on the Demon’s Run — midwest’s toughest finishing holes!  This golf course is spread out over 240 acres with some spectacular views.

Spirit Hollow Golf Course (Burlington, IA)

According to their website, Golfweek named Spirit Hollow “#1 Best Course You Can Play in Iowa”. Their Shankopotamus Golf Academy uses technology to imitate coverage and tracking like ESPN, NBC, and other sports channels.


Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (Galena, IL)

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (Galena, IL)

If golfers want an all-in-one experience, Galena’s Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa provides courses, lodging, and spa services. Four championship golf courses set amid rolling hills await.  Sounds like a fun weekend, right?

The Woodlands Golf Club (Alton, IL)

Woodlands Golf Club boasts being “the ONLY golf course in the Riverbend area with a visual impact, challenging layout, and a rare design”. Test their greens and take a lesson!


Ste. Genevieve Golf Club (Sainte Genevieve MO)

Ste. Genevieve Golf Club (Sainte Genevieve MO)

Golf in the oldest settlement west of the Mississippi! Reviews applaud the well-kept greens and the great staff.

Ballwin Golf Course (Ballwin, MO)

Aiming to travel on the outskirts St.Louis? The City of Ballwin hosts the “best public, nine-hole facility in West County STL”. Ballwin was once called home for P.G.A. Champion Bob Tway.


Paxton Park Golf Course (Paducah, KY)

Paxton Park Golf Course (Paducah, KY)

When golfing, watch out for the water on this course.  Three large lakes and several creeks come into play on at least 7 holes.  It was built in 1940, but they have renovated something every year for the past 15 years, keepin it fresh!

Silo’s Country Club (Kevil, KY)

What started out with 9 holes and a shed in the 90’s has been lovingly built into an 18 hole championship course in beautiful west Kentucky.  Enjoy the putting green and driving range along with the clubhouse.


Forest Hill Golf Course (Drummonds, TN)

Forest Hill Golf Course (Drummonds, TN)

Forest Hill sets a quiet, peaceful setting for golfers. All levels are welcomed, wide fairlanes are useful for beginners  while numerous lakes and bunkers may offer a challenging game for those who seek it!

Quail Ridge Golf Course (Bartlett, TN)

A semi-private course, Quail Ridge claims to have a “ rustic feel that is unparalleled in the Memphis area public golf market”. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as foxes, hawks, ducks, and quail.


The Ridges at Village Creek (Wynne, AR)

The Ridges at Village Creek (Wynne, AR)

Within Village Creek State Park you will find a fairly new golf course.  Built in 2012, it has 27 holes, 12 of which have water coming into play.  Expect dramatic elevation changes on this course built atop a ridge.  Plus all the hiking, campsites, and other amenities of the State Park.

Thunder Bayou Golf Course (Blytheville, AR)

The 18-hole course was designed in a links style layout. Featuring 80 bunkers and water at 7 holes and ranked in the top 3 Arkansas golf courses.  Can you play on one of the sport’s oldest style layouts?


Tunica National Golf & Tennis (Tunica Resorts, MS)

Tunica National Golf & Tennis (Tunica Resorts, MS)

Mark McCumber, PGA Tour Player & architect, designed the course layout.  Feeling a little rusty?  They offer private lessons with video technology to record your swings.  Reviews rave about the well-maintained course!

River Bend Links Golf Course (Robinsonville, MS)

Right next to the Mississippi River you can take on a Scottish links course in the deep south! The course was described as “a field of dunes”.


City Park Golf Course (Baton Rouge)

City Park Golf Course (Baton Rouge)

City Park is on the national register of historical places! As the community’s first municipal course, locals and newcomers can enjoy 40 acres of land with a small bayou, lake vistas, and plenty more southern nature.

Grand Ridge Golf Club (Luling, LA)

The Louisiana wetlands welcomes golfers! Grand Ridge is a short drive from New Orleans and welcomes visitors to take on the green among the cypress trees.