If you've taken enough road trips in your life, you know the American roadscape is littered with thousands of sights that you just don't expect. Often times, there's the world's largest something looming just an exit off the freeway.
In southern Illinois, drivers-by can find the world's largest golf ball on a tee -- sort of.
The Rend Lake Conservancy District has a water tower it has painted to look like an enormous golf ball on a very long golf tee. Situated on Interstate 57, the water tower sits on the property of the Rend Lake Golf Course, a 27-hole facility that's been rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest. The tower is 141 feet high and has been overlooking the championship course for almost 40 years.
The Lawrence Packard-designed 18-hole course opened in 1976, with the third nine opening in 1994.