Golfing the Rend Lake Area

Within Jefferson and Franklin counties, minutes from Rend Lake, are several excellent golf courses that are open to the public.  Click on the titles below to see the article for each course with facilities, reviews, features, rules and pricing.


The Rend Lake Golf Course is one of the finest public golf courses in the Midwest. The 27 hole complex is located just off of Interstate 57, only 90 minutes southeast of St. Louis. With mature, large contoured Bent Grass greens along with Zoysia fairways and 4 sets of tees, Rend Lake can be enjoyed by all levels. Rend Lake Golf Course also features a large lighted driving range with target greens and two large tee areas, as well as a full service Pro Shop with the latest in golfing fashion and equipment. Professionals offer individual or small group lessons in all facets of the game. The golf course also has condominiums and a lodge adjacent to the state-of-the-art practice facility. The Rend Lake Golf Course Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also available is a full bar and banquet facilities for up to 250 people. The Rend Lake Golf Course has been rated as the number one public golf facility in the Gateway PGA.

12476 Golf Course Drive.
Whittington, IL 62897
(618) 629-2353


Benton Country Club is a semi-private nine hole facility that offers all golfers a full range of services with wonderful hospitality. This nine-hole facility has narrow Bermuda grass fairways guarded by large mature oak and pine trees. Smooth bent grass greens along with beautiful views of Lake Moses make this traditional country club a pleasure to play. Benton Country Club also offers a well-stocked pro shop and a driving range. Meals are available. Golf lessons by appointment.

14783 Hwy 14
Benton, Il 62812
(618) 439-0921

Cherry Hills Golf Center

Located about a two-iron away from Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn next to Rend Lake College outlet in RLC marketplace, Cherry Creek is the best kept secret in Southern Illinois. This unique six-hole course features two par 5’s, two par 4’s and two par 3’s along with a lighted driving range and practice green. This well-manicured layout has bent grass tees, greens, and fairway with beautiful white sand bunkers. Do not let the fact that Cherry Creek is a six-hole course stop you from playing this extremely challenging track. Even par 24 is very elusive. Perfect for travelers wanting to stretch their legs after driving and a $1 per hole for walkers, this price is quite a bargain.

500 Potomic Blvd.
Mt. Vernon IL 62864
(618) 246-9502


Located just off Richview Road on the northwest edge of Mt. Vernon, this 18-hole public golf course features large tricky greens and irrigated fairways. Three lanes and fairway bunkers add difficulty to a course where birdie opportunities abound. Lighted driving range and two practice greens. Corporate outings welcome.

Indian Trail Dr.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 244-9697


Located two miles north of downtown (Illinois Route 37 north to Homestead Dr. to Fairway Dr.), this 9-hole public course had been recently re-designed and the new layout is a hit with local and area golfers. The quicksand Bermuda fairways have come in very nicely and the new greens are large and fast.

22 Fairway Dr.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 242-5015


This semi-private club located east of Mt.Vernon Airport features an immaculate 18-hole championship course that is one of the top ten golf courses in the state south of Springfield. Original nine holes built in the 1920’s and the second nine designed by Gary kern and built in 1970’s. The par 71 course has water on 14 of the 18 holes making for many risk verses reward decisions throughout the round. This track is a “must play” on any trip to southern Illinois. Green hills also has restaurant, lounge, and banquet facilities, swimming pool, tennis court, and driving range.

3800 E. Old Fairfield Rd.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 244-3961

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