Established in 1897 “to encourage athletic exercises, recreation and social enjoyment.” The Country Club of Peoria strives to go beyond our original mission every day by dedicating ourselves to providing superior, family-focused and business-friendly environments for social, dining and athletic activities through unparalleled service, staff and facilities. What began as a club with a nine-hole golf course at the edge of the city is now a spacious campus offering conveniently located 18-hole golf, cuisine, tennis, swimming, fitness, social events and other amenities. Nestled among the lush greenery and majestic architecture of Grandview Drive, the Country Club of Peoria provides a traditional, private club experience surrounded by unrivaled natural beauty and a sense of history.
Since its founding in 1897, the Country Club of Peoria has provided Central Illinois with a wealth of recreational and social opportunities. The club is still located at its original site on Grandview Drive, which was declared “the World’s Most Beautiful Drive” by President Theodore Roosevelt during a visit in 1910.
Important Club “Firsts”
The club purchased land for the area’s first 9-hole golf course in 1915, and built our first swimming pool in 1930 – a rarity at the time. In the tradition of providing the Peoria area with the best possible leisure opportunities, we commissioned the 2007 re-design of the 18-hole golf course by award-winning golf course architect Michael Benkusky.
Grandview Drive: World’s Most Beautiful Drive
At one time, members’ summer homes were the only houses on Grandview Drive. Some began building year-round homes, spurring the growth of one of Peoria’s iconic neighborhoods. Although the club is now centrally located due to city expansion, a section of tracks near the #10 fairway offers evidence of the days when a trolley brought members directly to the club from central Peoria.
Today, our members are scattered around the area, but the Country Club of Peoria remains a vital part of Central Illinois. As we look forward to serving our community in the coming years, the Country Club of Peoria continues adapting to our members’ changing needs with quality upgrades and truly rewarding experiences.