Top-Rated Golf Courses in Illinois

 

Butler National Golf Club pic

Butler National Golf Club
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A business-educated resident of Chicago, Illinois, James “Jim” Neumann serves as president of OOS Investments, an advertising company specializing in billboards. When he isn’t assisting clients throughout the United States with high-tech billboards, James Neumann enjoys playing golf.

Each year, Golf Digest ranks the top 100 courses in the United States as well as the best in each state. Below are the best-ranked courses in Illinois for the 2017-18 season.

1. Chicago Golf Club – Located in Wheaton, this 6,846-yard, par-70 course was No. 14 on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Course rankings. It is debated among golf historians whether it is the first ever 18-hole course in the country.

2. Butler National Golf Club – Ranked No. 45 on the publication’s America’s 100 Greatest Course rankings, Butler National Golf Club was created in 1974 by George and Tom Fazio and redesigned in 1988, 2005, and 2008.

3. Medinah Country Club – First designed by Tom Bendelow in 1928, the No. 3-ranked course at Medinah Country Club has hosted a number of major PGA tournaments since 1949. In 2012, the course hosted the Ryder Cup, for which architect Rees Jones constructed a new par-4, 15th hole. It has been listed among America’s 100 Greatest Course rankings since 1966.

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Why Explore New England?

Freedom Trail pic

Freedom Trail
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The president of OOS Investments in Chicago, Illinois, James Neumann oversees the operation of numerous billboards throughout the United States. Beyond his work with billboards, James Neumann enjoys traveling across the nation.

Both foreign and domestic travelers in the United States may wish to explore New England, which offers plentiful opportunity from a natural and historic standpoint. Many people choose to start in Boston with its 2.5-mile Freedom Trail and historic waterfront along the harbor where the Boston Tea Party took place.

If you want to explore farther off the beaten path, Vermont offers some beautiful natural sights. For instance, Mad River Valley, home of Warren Falls, also encompasses about 2.5 miles of Lincoln Brook, which passes meadows and forests and comes to a deep chasm covered with ferns and spectacular rock formations.

Connecticut boasts a castle that belonged to a stage actor known for playing Sherlock Holmes. Now known as Gillette Castle State Park, the castle and grounds provide extensive hiking trails, a steam train, and ferry boat.

If the charm of a waterfront bed and breakfast sounds appealing, you can visit Newport, Rhode Island, with its mansions from the Gilded Age. You also can tour the mansions, which served as the summer homes for families such as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Astors.

Popular Boating Locations near Chicago

Montrose Harbor pic

Montrose Harbor
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A proven leader, James Neumann serves as the CEO and chairman of OOS Investments, LLC. In this capacity, he establishes the strategic direction of the Chicago-based media and entertainment company and oversees its operations. Outside of work, James Neumann enjoys spending time outdoors. He is especially fond of boating.

Because of its proximity to Lake Michigan, Chicago is often regarded as a boating haven. Following are just a few of the top boating spots near the city to keep boating enthusiasts out on the water:

Montrose Harbor: Featuring a strong beachside vacation feel, Montrose Harbor is a great spot for summertime boating. The marina is regularly populated with visitors enjoying the beach and playing music, and there is plenty of docking available. Boaters also get a great view of downtown Chicago while enjoying the friendly atmosphere.

Fox Lake: Located just northwest of Chicago, Fox Lake is the ideal place for fishing, picnicking, or just enjoying the water. The largest in the so-called Chain-O-Lakes, it maintains ramps, fuel, and a marina. The lake is connected to others in the chain through a series of rivers.

Chicago River: Weaving through the middle of downtown Chicago, boating along the Chicago River can be a unique experience. Boaters travel under bridges and past the city’s urban buildings, giving them the chance to view the city from a new angle. While there’s not a lot of on-the-water activity in the Chicago River, it is lined with restaurants, parks, and bars.

Popular Off-Roading Sites in Illinois

 

Fox Valley Off Road pic

Fox Valley Off Road
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James Neumann owns and operates a number of billboards throughout the United States through his Illinois-based company OOS Investments, LLC. As president and CEO of the company, he oversees daily operations for the global business. Outside of work, James Neumann enjoys various outdoor activities such as off-roading.

Although it might not seem like it, Illinois offers a variety of off-roading opportunities for enthusiasts. Below are just some of the most popular off-roading spots in the state:

Fox Valley Off Road: covering about 100 acres of land, Fox Valley Off Road in Ottawa allows four-wheel ATVs and motorcycles. Spectators can watch for free, but all participants must pay a riding fee and adhere to various safety gear rules. The park does not rent vehicles or accept credit cards, but it is still a very popular off-roading spot.

Little Egypt: located in Marion, Little Egypt stretches across 900 acres. There are over 50 miles of dirt bike and open trails, along with a kids track and a motocross track. Riders can bring ATVs, dirt bikes, and side by sides, but Jeeps are not allowed at Little Egypt. The wide variety of terrain makes for an interesting motorsports experience.

The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off Road Park: one of the state’s most recognized off-roading sites, the Cliffs Insane Terrain Off Road Park welcomes everything from dirt bikes and ATVs to Jeeps and trucks. There are several routes riders can take through the 300-acre park and it often hosts various all-day events.