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Quad Cities – There are two great things about golf in this area that stand out—its affordability and its quality. The Quad Cities was named in the top 20 as one of the best values for golf in the United States by Golf Digest Magazine in 2006. With more than 25 golf courses in close proximity, the Quad Cities is definitely a golf destination.
Joined by the Mississippi River, Moline/East Moline and Rock Island are the riverfront cities in Illinois, and Bettendorf and Davenport make up the cities on the Iowa side of the river. Together, these cities and the surrounding communities make up the Quad Cities.
The Quad Cities offers some of the best action on the greens for your dollar. And it is all very reasonable with a round of golf, including cart, averaging just over $35.
From beginners to those who seek the demands of championship-level layouts, the Quad Cities area can fill all golfing expectations.
One of the top courses here is the Tournament Players Club Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. In March 2009, TPC Deere Run was honored by the PGA Tour with “Operation of the Year,” based on such categories as tournament performance, adherence to environmental standards, course conditioning, safety, and financial strength.
Named the “#8 Best New Public Golf Course in the U.S.” by Golf Digest when it opened in 2000, TPC Deere Run has added five new distinctions to its growing list of accolades. The club has been ranked #74 on Golf Digest’s list of the “100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2009-2010,” which was re-ranked by price – putting the club #10 on the list for affordability. TPC Deere Run was also named #7 on Golfweek’s list of the “Best Courses You Can Play in Illinois” for 2010; by Golf Magazine #4 on its list of the “Best Public Courses in Illinois” for 2009-2010; by Golf World magazine as one of the “100 Best Golf Shops in America for 2010;” and “2009 TPC Resort/Daily Fee Operation of the Year” by the PGA TOUR.
In its eleventh year, the course is a semi-private facility, offering memberships, which include access to the prestigious TPC Network, or a daily-fee experience. TPC Deere Run is also home to the PGA TOUR’s John Deere Classic in July. It was announced that John Deere has extended its title sponsorship commitment through 2016.Last year’s John Deere Classic also attracted many British Open-eligible players who flew non-stop from the Quad Cities to England via a private John Deere Classic charter jet.
The Quad Cities offers other public and private courses for those who don’t want to play it like the pros. The following courses are a sample of what the area offers.
Fyre Lake Golf Club is a new Nicklaus Design golf course, and the 18-hole, 6,600-yard, par 70 layout course is woven over majestic elevation changes on a glorious lakefront setting and features a stunning island hole and tee. Fyre Lake operates as a semi-private golf club, open to the public on a per play greens fee. The new course is located 20 minutes outside of the metro Quad Cities in Sherrard, Illinois.
Now open to the public is the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Course on Arsenal Island. This scenic 18-hole course with tree-line fairways and beautifully manicured greensis on the banks of the Mississippi River. Designed by Colonel Stanhope E. Blunt in 1897, this par 71, links course is the oldest in the Quad Cities and one of the oldest in Illinois. This short layout has 3 sets of teeboxes for a fun, but challenging, golfing experience. The facilities feature a golf shop, a Clubhouse with casual and formal dining areas and banquet facilities.
Glynns Creek Golf Course in Long Grove, Iowa, is home to the Quad City Open and offers GPS mapping provided with the cart. This championship par-72 course’s layout resembles that of the great courses of Scotland, featuring tree-lined watered fairways, rolling hills and grass bunkers. It was designed by Dick Watson and every hole offers a unique challenge, and a lot of opportunities for long drive shots.
Highland Springs Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois, is a challenging 18-hole championship layout and recognized as one of the best designs in the area. Rugged terrain, rolling hills, huge greens, lakes and ponds, mature trees and many other notable features highlight this 6,800-yard hidden gem. The No. 4 par-3 hole over the water has a new, stunning look for 2013.
Emeis Golf Course in Davenport, Iowa, is a demanding 18-hole, 6500-yard course which plays to a par of 72. Constructed in 1961, the facility is built on 155 acres of gently rolling terrain on the city’s western boundary. In 2013, Emeis is switching things around so you may start on what has traditionally been the 10th hole. Emeis is home to the Quad-City Amateur Tournament and hosts the qualifying round of the PGA Tour John Deere Classic. Advanced tee-times recommended.
Palmer Hills Golf Course in Bettendorf, Iowa, is an award winning public 18-hole course designed by William J. Spear. Established in 1974, Palmer Hills is home to 100 year old oak trees and features rolling hills, with creeks and a pond coming into play on 11 holes. The hills and water can provide a challenge, but a wide variety of teeing options make Palmer Hills playable for golfers of any caliber.
Duck Creek Golf Course in Davenport, Iowa, is a beautiful 18-hole golf course which is 5,759 yards long and plays to a par of 70. It is the site of a former private arboretum and its 140 acres feature a mature stand of trees and dramatic changes in elevation as it follows Duck Creek eastward to the city’s boundary. This challenging facility is popular with all skill levels. In 2013, Duck Creek is switching things around so you may start on what has traditionally been the 10th hole. They will rotate holes almost weekly.
Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois, is a stunning example of golf course design from the early part of the 20th century. Measuring just over 5000 yards and playing to a par of 66, this layout is considered to be an “executive” length course. New tees have been placed in 2013 to make each hole a par-3 for a new par-3 option. While almost devoid of sand bunkers, its many ravines and majestic oak trees (which are everywhere on the property) are not only beautiful but provide a true test of golf to all levels of player. The strengths of this course are the small, sloping greens; the par 3 holes which average about 180 yards apiece.
Red Hawk Golf Course in Davenport, Iowa, is a 9-hole golf course, a result of a public-private partnership between the City of Davenport and the Quad Cities Chapter of the First Tee. It has a three-hole short course, 20 permanent range tees, a driving range, huge putting green and practice chipping green, and forward tees on every hole.
Champion Executive Golf Course guests at the Hillcrest Event Center Course enjoy the popular 9-hole, 1,848-yard, par 30 course in Orion, Illinois. The course features irrigated greens, blue grass fairways and the perfect number of water hazards. They offer night golf, tournaments, lessons, leagues, and a fully-equipped pro shop.
A good online resource for information on all the courses in the Quad Cities area is www.allgolfqc.com. Get all the course information and weather forecast for a day on the links.
There's plenty to do after golf. The Quad Cities is also known for its abundance of special events, festivals, attractions, museums, biking/hiking trails, river boats, gaming, shopping, performances, professional sports teams, restaurants, and, of course, the Mississippi River.
For information on the Quad Cities area and its golf courses, call the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau to request a detailed Golf Guide at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com. There are also numerous golf/hotel overnight packages on the website.
When You Go
TPC Deere Run
3100 Heather Knoll, Silvis, IL 61282
Fyre Lake Golf Club
1057 Fairway Lane, Sherrard, IL
Rock Island Arsenal Golf Course
1838 Gillespie Street, Rock Island, IL
Glynns Creek Golf Course
19251 290th St., Long Grove, IA
Highland Springs Golf Course
9500 35th St. W., Rock Island, IL
Emeis Golf Course
4500 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, IA
Palmer Hills Golf Course
2999 Middle Rd., Bettendorf, IA
Duck Creek Golf Course
3300 E. Locust St., Davenport, IA
Saukie Golf Course
3101 38th St., Rock Island, IL
Red Hawk Golf Course
6364 Northwest Blvd., Davenport, IA
Hillcrest Event Center Golf Course
16260 E. 350th St., Orion, IL