Stonewall Orchard Golf Club

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4.6
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.4
96.0%
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123 out of 136 reviews
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4.7
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.9
100.0%
Recommend this course
7 out of 7 reviews
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4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.9
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Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7124
Slope 150
Rating 75.0
Type Public
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Silver 72 7124 yards 75.0 150
Gold 72 6506 yards 72.0 140
Combo 72 6202 yards 70.6 137
White 72 6032 yards 69.8 135
White (W) 72 6032 yards 75.6 140
Turquoise (W) 72 5375 yards 71.9 132
Scorecard for Stonewall Orchard
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Silver M: 75.0/150 416 425 534 341 239 447 426 510 182 3520 537 493 369 193 399 438 390 170 615 3604 7124
Gold M: 72.0/140 402 361 500 300 187 435 397 501 162 3245 520 407 350 171 363 400 323 165 562 3261 6506
Combo M: 70.6/137 402 331 500 300 170 338 369 498 162 3070 500 407 350 150 343 400 323 145 514 3132 6202
White M: 69.8/135 W: 75.6/140 364 331 485 290 170 338 369 498 147 2992 500 385 318 150 343 365 320 145 514 3040 6032
Turquoise W: 71.9/132 340 293 467 254 92 290 320 448 141 2645 477 361 281 138 308 334 275 115 441 2730 5375
Handicap 15 7 3 13 9 5 11 1 17 2 8 14 16 10 6 12 18 4
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 36 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 13 11 7 1 17 9 5 15 3 2 6 18 8 16 12 10 14 4

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season April - September
Architect Arthur Hills (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No jeans or jean shorts allowed; Collared Shirts Required for Men; Proper Golf attire for Women

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4.6
136

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 29
19th Hole Scenic Views 23
Patio Dining 18
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 43
Water Hazards 37
Bunkers 31
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 44
A Weekend Splurge 26
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 26
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 40
In the 'Burbs 32

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Handicap 15-19
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4.0
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Tough but Fair

Great layout, tough greens, horrible mosquito problem. There were shots on numerous holes in/near the water or woods that had to be severely rushed due to the mosquitos, even with insect repellent. While the entire area has had a bad mosquito condition this year, this had to be the worst I have ever played in. Definitely affected our play and level of enjoyment. Also, with several holes to go and trying to beat the rain, we caught up with a five-some which required us to wait on 2-3 holes before storms chased us all in. While we may have only completed another hole or so before the rain, I really do not believe they should have allowed a five-some on a course like that - a bit irritating. But I definitely plan to play this course again under better weather (and mosquito) conditions.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great track

Love the course. Challenging and pretty. Amenities are very nice - especially like the practice facilities. Course layout is very nice and the property feels big. The speed on a couple of the greens seemed inconsistent compared the other greens, but overall really like the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 09/15/2018

Thank you for the great review. We are happy you enjoyed your experience!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Used cart

Arthur Hills experience in Northern Illinois

I've read that Arthur Hills combines working with the natural beauty of the land, taking advantage of the natural contours, minimizing earth moving, all while keeping the strategy of the golf game always in mind.

This is evident at Stonewall Orchard.

While it may fall a touch short of "breathtaking" in terms of views, it absolutely delivers in terms of great golf experience which is both demanding and rewarding regardless of your level of play. I can't speak for others but here is what I love that Stonewall Orchard delivers:

Doglegs - gentle, yet demanding thought in distance and placement.

Bunker placement: Excellent and appropriate

Bunker conditions: Fair and consistent

Forced Carries: Enough to test without discouraging.

Greens: Undulating, firm, consistent and with wickedly subtle breaks that are shockingly difficult to read. A close approach to the pin will pay off as you will want to learn from the others in your group.

All staff encountered were as pleasant as you can hope for a mid-afternoon weekday round.

I've played Arthur Hills other Illinois public course (Bolingbrook) but I'd have to say that Stonewall Orchard tops that course in nearly every category.

Very much look forward to playing again!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 09/15/2018

Thank you Eric for taking the time to write such a nice review! We'll look forward to seeing you again.

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5.0
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Great experience

Have played here a fee times before but never when the course was in perfect condition, the pace of play was great and perfect weather. Cant wait to go back. Loved putting on these greens!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 09/15/2018

Thank you Matthew for the great review!!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

The greens were a little chewed up. Other than that it is a great course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 09/15/2018

Thank you for the review Anthony!

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5.0
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Previously Played

Great day

I played Stonewall Orchard many years ago. The only difference that I noticed this time was new multi-family units built on the far side of the property. Although, one of my favorite things about SO was that you didn't see a plane, car, train or house while playing the course. That has changed a little bit but it is still a great nature walk. The layout is really great. The only hole I don't care for is the 18th. It is a really long par 5 that ends with an almost blind shot to the green even with a wedge in your hand. Great spot. Highly recommend it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 09/15/2018

Thank you for the review. We are happy you enjoyed the course.

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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great Layout, many challenging holes

Very fast but true greens. Not really any easy holes. Course was in great shape and the staff was very friendly. Played in three and a half hours on a Friday afternoon. Highly recommended course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 09/15/2018

Thank you for the review! We are happy you had a great experience.

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Illinois Gem

Great course and in solid condition. Have played this course numerous times and it never disappoints. Maintenance is great and the greens are very challenging but roll true. Must play for all golfers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 09/15/2018

Thank you for the kind comments. Glad you had a great experience!

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Good Layout in North Suburbs

I don't play a lot of golf on the north side of Chicago, but when I do Stonewall Orchard is the first course I will try to get on. Always in great shape, greens rolling fast and true, and (knock on wood) never had a pace of play issue. We played as a twosome this go around; two foursomes let us play through on the front nine and then it was clear sailing. We played in 3 hours and it was cart path only; my kind of golf!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 09/15/2018

Thank you for the great review Ryan! Glad you had a fun round.

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Track I want to Play Again

Since this was the first time I played here, I definitely want to go back. Been wanting to play here and wasn't disappointed. Greens were a little banged up but they still rolled fast and true. Flexibility by the pro shop and starter getting out a single so that was great. Quick round (little over 3 hours)playing with another single. Tees and fairways were nice. Some holes that were shorter but made you think. If you played here alot, could shoot some good scores. Looking forward to going back but also looking for a better rate on the greens fees. Worth the $60 I paid but would not pay the normal rate (near $100).

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I like this track a lot

Always challenging but fair and in great condition with very fast and true greens. I really enjoy playing this track a couple times a season. I would play this course much more frequently if the greens fees were mid 60's, as nice as it is, 80 bucks at 2pm on a thurs is prolly the reason nobody was behind me on a beatiful sunny 70 degree no wind afternoon.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful coarse

This is a very beautiful coarse and well kept, greens were very nice, great roll and not extremely fast but you need to be careful with your speed. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Will definitely go back. :)

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Hidden Jewel

There are so many courses to choose from in the Chicago suburbs but this public course was a truly a gem. Not an easy course to play but quite picturesque. Although it was challenging the built in GPS in all the golf carts made it very playable. Definitely worth the trip if you're in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Chicago Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Stonewall Orchard Golf Club

The Good: Very nice, upscale Arthur Hills layout about an hour northwest of Chicago is one of the premier suburban public tracks. Tree-lined, but very fair layout puts a premium on strategic shotmaking and putting. Impressive course conditions and outstanding, difficult greens. Good Par 5's and extremely challenging Par 3's. Nice clubhouse with full restaurant and locker rooms, as well as a strong practice facility. Priced steeply at just under $100 during peak season, but many online specials and twilight rates.

The Bad: While a great course, not sure its worth nearly a Benjamin to play. Lack of GPS or on-course restrooms is a bit of a letdown. Most holes are great, but a few of the Par 4's are unmemorable.

The Verdict: Stonewall Orchard is a top 10 public access course in Illinois and is one of the best conditioned courses in the state. Some of the most treacherous greens you will find!

Best Hole: The Par 5 18th is a beast. At nearly 600 yards, you can expect a mid-short iron third approach to a small, devilish green protected by water left and sand right.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 08/06/2017

Thank you so much for the kind comments! We are glad you enjoy the facility. We actually do have the top of the line GPS Visage system in every cart.

See you soon!

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Prepare to use every club in the bag

Stonewall is a very difficult course from the gold or silver tee boxes. The design might have to grow on you as there are 4-5 par-4s where a driver is not necessary/discouraged. Each time I play, usually first time in the AM, I seem to get to the 6th hole and feel like my driver has not gotten a chance to warm-up. This is not necessarily negative; however, the 6th, 7th and 8th holes demand a lot from the driver. At this point in the round I ususally feel like I have warmed up, but have not really had a chance to build confidence in my driver.

The course has always been in amazing shape, the carts have GPS units and the staff consistently makes you feel appreciated and they genuinely want you to enjoy your time at the course. I love Stonewall and look forward to playing there several times each year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 08/06/2017

We appreciate the great review! We are happy you enjoy the course and each particular hole for what it has to offer.

See you soon Esox!

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Belongs in the crème de la crème of Chicago golf courses

Easily a top 5 golf course within the Chicago area. Very good condition and offers some exciting - and demanding -shot making opportunities.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 08/06/2017

Thanks for the great review! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Stonewall

Stonewall Orchard is a gem of a course that I always look forward to playing. It's a great track that requires players to hit all the clubs in their bag--with precision as even on some of the shorter holes, trouble awaits those that don't hit the right spots. Natural beauty surrounds you amongst the quiet wilderness of the far northwest suburb of Chicago. The course is very playable with plenty of room off the tee but at times things quickly narrow as the green approaches--with plenty of trouble in the surrounding areas. Several holes require long "carry" shots over marsh and many greens have significant undulations which are testy. I love how the course "snakes" it's trail, so rarely will one even see or play from an adjoining hole. Bring your "A" game or else fear the "C" game results. Arguably the most challenging public course in the chicago land area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 08/06/2017

Thank you for the great review and we are happy you enjoy the everything Stonewall has to offer! It is a very serene piece of property.

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