Graduates of Illinois State University have the opportunity to participate in the programs and services offered by the University Golf Course.
The Illinois State University Golf Course was designed in 1962 by golf course architect Robert Bruce Harris. It was originally designed with a regulation length 9 hole course along the outside edges of the property with a shorter executive length 9 hole course in the middle. The course opened in May 1964 with University President Robert Bone hitting the first shot.
Today the 6,500 yard, par 71 golf course accommodates approximately 36,000 rounds per year and will host more than 100 tournaments and outings. These events include Men's and Women's Intercollegiate Athletics, Boys and Girls University High School home tournaments, and the Illinois High School Association Girl's State Final.
During the 2000 season the course was closed to undertake an extensive renovations project designed and coordinated by PGA Tour Player and ISU Alumnus D.A.Weibring and his company Golf Resources, Inc. The project included the installation of a new state of the art irrigation system, rebuilding all 18 greens and 2 practice greens, converting the tees and fairways to bentgrass, and reconstructing all bunkers to include drainage, Bunker Guard erosion control, and tour-quality Best Sand. The University Golf Course reopened for play in July 2001 to positive reviews throughout the state.
From I-55, take exit 165, U.S. 51-South Main St., south to Gregory Street. From I-39, exit at I-55 east, and the first exit is 165. From I-74, follow I-55 North to exit 165. From the airport, turn left on Empire (Rt. 9) for approximately two miles, right on Veteran's Parkway for approximately four miles, left on College Avenue, for approximately six miles, right on Main St. for about a mile and then left on Gregory. University Golf Course is on the corner of Gregory and Adelaide, northwest of the majority of Illinois State's athletic facilities. For further information about the programs and services provided, visit the University Golf Course Web site.