As a game with an illustrious and storied history, golf is not afraid to play to that history. Dozens of courses worldwide incorporate legacy in their names, be they legacy golf clubs, legacy golf resorts, or legacy golf courses. While we won’t detail all of these legacy courses, we are here to talk about one course in particular.
The Legacy Golf Course in Granite City, Illinois is a one of a kind course. The course is one of the more recent ones in the area, having opened in 1990 to quite a bit of fanfare. The course is expertly designed, catering to both experienced golfers, and average hackers. From the front tees the course is of very modest size, while from the back tees it provides a much sterner challenge. The area tends to be windy as well, which always adds an element of uncertainty to play.
Even from the back tees though, there is plenty of opportunity for longer hitters to set themselves up in prime position. Utilizing the modern sentiment of designing holes with the risk/reward concept in mind, many holes will tempt players to go for risky shots with the potential for great rewards present. There are numerous shorter par 4’s that have the potential to be reached by longer hitters even from the back tees. Par 5’s also rest in that middling distance for the most part, not so long as to be an automatic 3 shots to the green hole, but not so short as to leave an easy second to the green. In keeping with the risk/reward concept, there are numerous areas where your ball will go for a swim if hit off line, though days at the beach are few and far between.
The Legacy Course is proud to present numerous leagues, which run on most days throughout the season, with multiple league events held on certain days. There are leagues dedicated to seniors (or as the professional golfing association now likes to call them, champions), as well as a couples league and a women’s league. In addition to regular leagues, there are numerous tournaments held each month during the season with various themes, sponsors, and prizes.
One of the most impressive aspects of the course is their very affordable greens fees and membership fees. These fees truly open up the course to just about anyone who loves the game. Fees during tournaments and league games are similarly competitive. The course complements the fair rates with great amenities, including a fully stocked pro shop, banquet facilities, and a driving range.
The summer season at the Legacy Course typically runs from early March until late October. If you’re in the area during the season, or have plans to travel to the area, make sure to pay the course a visit and play a round. Just be sure to call ahead, as the course is often booked for the various events they hold throughout the season. I can say with certainty that you won’t regret a round of golf played at The Legacy.