Spencer T Olin, was named for a St Louis industrialist who donated the funding for the development of the golf course, which was designed by Arnold Palmer, and opened in 1989. It is located 30 miles northeast of downtown St. Louis in the Illinois suburb of Alton in the Riverbend area. The course measures 6,941 from the tips with course/slope ratings of 135/73.8, with three shorter tees, and is usually mentioned as one of the top public courses in the St Louis market.
The Spencer T Olin Golf Course layout has fairly generous fairways, but places the emphasis on approach shots to the greens, which are heavily guarded by sand and water. The greens of all shapes and sizes are contoured, sloped, and undulating. The course’s grassing is a golf superintendent’s nirvana with Penncross bentgrass greens, both zoysia and blue/rye tees and zoysia fairways, the roughs are a combination of Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, and Jamestown fescue.