Crab Orchard Golf Club

Crab Orchard Golf Club is an 18 hole semi-private course that is a fun environment to play no matter your skill level or age. The par 70 golf course has water on nine holes, large oak trees throughout, and lush fairways of Myers Zoysia and Westwood Bermuda and Bent Grass greens. The golf course plays dramatically different depending on which of the 5 tees are chosen. The average player can have fun playing from the middle and forward tees, but if you are looking for a challenge, the Championship markers are where the course gets demanding.


Historical Beginnings

In 1956, Roy Glenn, 12 years a touring professional, came to Carterville with the idea of establishing a golf course. The 240 acre Ferrell Farm was purchased and construction of the course began in 1957. In 1959, after two years of construction, the course was completed and opened for play. The remaining acreage was developed into the Greenbriar Subdivision. The original owners, Roy Glenn, Dr. Dale Caveness of Eldorado, and Gene Timmons of Evansville were responsible for the inception of the golf club. Since that time, Don Johnson of McLeansboro, Dwight Witherspoon, and Phil Heckel of Carterville were active in ownership of COGC. In 1972, Phil and son, Steve, became sole owners of Crab Orchard Golf Club. In the fall of 2020, upon Steve Heckel’s retirement, Drs. Russell and Janice Brown along with their son and daughter-in-law, Russ and Leah, purchased the golf course. Russ and Leah operate the daily management of the course and they look forward to connecting with friends, new and old, to make lasting memories on the links. The course has undergone many changes through the years and is one of the finest courses in Southern Illinois. COGC consistently turns out many of the best young players in this area. We are sure you will enjoy the course and hospitality provided.

New to the Game?

The Teaching and Fitting Center gives instruction in all weather and features the most up-to-date computer hardware and software available. This Center, located on the north end of the driving range, features two hitting bays and a club fitting center. Group and individual lessons are available for adults and juniors. You can schedule instruction by calling 618-985-2321.

Warm Up

The driving range features a large Bermuda grass tee and there are plenty of hitting stations. Target greens offer opportunities to practice many varying yardages. A practice bunker complete with short game target flags allows you to sharpen up your sand game, as well as allowing for fairway type bunker shots. The practice green which accommodates both chipping and putting is close enough to the range and the first tee to make your warm up an enjoyable experience.

Tips for Crab Orchard Golf

Get the Fit – COGC fits equipment for many of the major manufacturers including Callaway, PING, Taylor Made, and Mizuno.

Groups – Call today for group rates! The on-site cart fleet can accommodate up to 120 players.

Events and Outings – Looking for a meeting space or a place for your next scramble? COGC has the perfect facilities for you.

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