Stonewall Orchard Golf Club
|White (W)||72||6032 yards||75.6||140|
|Turquoise (W)||72||5375 yards||71.9||132|
|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|
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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.
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.
Thank you for the great review. We are happy you enjoyed your experience!
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!
Thank you Eric for taking the time to write such a nice review! We'll look forward to seeing you again.
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!
Thank you Matthew for the great review!!
The greens were a little chewed up. Other than that it is a great course.
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.
Thank you for the review. We are happy you enjoyed the course.
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.
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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.
Thank you for the kind comments. Glad you had a great experience!
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!
Thank you for the great review Ryan! Glad you had a fun round.
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).
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Thanks for the great review! Looking forward to seeing you soon!
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.
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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