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4.6
182 Reviews (182)
5 Stars
132
4 Stars
31
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
93.5%
Recommend this course
165 out of 182 reviews
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4.6
7 Reviews (7)
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5
4 Stars
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0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.9
85.7%
Recommend this course
6 out of 7 reviews
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4.6
38 Reviews (38)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
92.1%
Recommend this course
35 out of 38 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7124 yards
Slope 150
Rating 75.0
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Stonewall Orchard Golf Club
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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
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Country Club Dress Attire Required. Jeans Not Allowed.

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4.6
182 Reviews (182)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 29
19th Hole Scenic Views 24
Patio Dining 18
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 44
Water Hazards 38
Bunkers 32
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 45
A Weekend Splurge 27
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 27
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 41
In the 'Burbs 33

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Shouldn't Open when Soaked

This review is for late May after quite a bit of rain recently. I know some courses are closed due to wet conditions, and honestly this course shouldn't have been open. I can deal with softness and some mud, but this was uncalled for. Many bunkers were basically ponds. Several holes with fairways basically turned into ponds or morphing into the marsh. Worst of all are many hits took the course with you since it was so wet and soaked. Let alone the mud everywhere.

I've played on soft courses, but wet courses are terrible and horrible to maintain in good condition. This course drainage system didn't exist. Parts of the fairways looked beat up because it was too wet for normal play.

Mind you, I walked it due to covid-19 restrictions in May. Somehow the people behind me got carts, but they didn't look like they needed them at all. In fact they could have used the walking. Because of them breathing down my neck since they didn't have to walk at all, and the group in front me was moving slow since they hit from the blues without the additional distance to justify hitting that far made the pace of play out of wack. In fact, they were painfully slow, even with a 15 min gap. Overall I was disappointed, and I want to try it again after the course is dried. The course shouldn't be open after some rain since it can't handle it.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

As good as advertised

Wide open fairways, fast greens, and lots of hazards make this course a great challenge. The layout has challenges for lots of shots and you can be creative as you approach, unlike a lot of other area courses. The greens are large so you’re rewarded with a decent approach and the tee options are actually worthy of choosing a set that matches your game. This is a golfers golf course, not something for people who want to putz around and tap the ball.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Excellent course.

One of the best public courses in the area. Good conditions, interesting layout.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great and beautiful

Very picturesque course I loved it Reminded me of a up north Wisconsin course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/09/2019

Thank you for your great review! We look forward to having you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always loved this course!!!
Was in as good as shape as possible with all the rain we had... had many workers out there today working the course. The greens were fast like the always are but are beat up with ball marks.... what wrong with people ... can’t they fix their hallmarks properly??

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/09/2019

Thanks for your review - we are happy you enjoyed yourself. Fixing your ball mark is such an important responsibility and we appreciate your willingness to help out.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Afternoon on Stonewall Orchard

Played 18 today at Stonewall Orchard Golf Course. This beautiful course designed by famed course architect Arthur Hill lives up to its reputation as a challenging, but playable course. Conditions were great and the greens were pretty fast. The rough was pretty tall and made shots out frustrating. at times. Overall, one of the more enjoyable public courses in northern Illinois.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/09/2019

We are very happy you had a great day out here. See you again soon!

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Played On
Reviews 40
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/09/2019

Thank you for your review!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 10/09/2019

Thanks for your excellent review! See you again soon

Played On
Reviews 133
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Chicago Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Stonewall Orchard - One of Lake County's Best Public Courses

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 shot making and putting. Impressive course conditions and outstanding, difficult greens. Good Par 5's and extremely challenging Par 3's. Beautiful 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. Excellent GPS if you take a cart.

The Bad: While a great course, not worth nearly a Benjamin to play. The Par 3's have limited variety and most are "all carry", which can be challenging for the mid-high handicapper. The greens can be almost too difficult, particularly the demonic 18th.

The Verdict: Stonewall Orchard is a top 10-12 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 and I happen to love it even though its much maligned by locals in the area. At nearly 600 yards, you can expect a mid-short iron third approach to a small, devilish green protected by water left and sand and ridges right.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/09/2019

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are happy you enjoyed your round and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, minus the clubhouse

We really enjoyed the course. The only downside were the starter/player assistant and the guy manning the club house. Both were rude and really ruined the experience. The starter kept asking us to play faster, even though we had to wait for the group ahead of us and the group behind us never had to wait for us. The older gentlemen in the club house was rude and from the looks of it wanted nothing to do with us.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/24/2019

Hello Craig
We are glad you liked the course, however, we apologize you did not have a good experience in the clubhouse. We assure you that is not normal. As it turns out that morning, we had someone extremely under the weather. We really look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks Craig

Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice layout, greens were not at a level I expected. Some were diseased and a lot of ball marks that patrons didn't fix. Makes the round kind of subpar..

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/24/2019

Thank you for the comment and we are glad you like the course. We certainly stress the importance of fixing ball marks and repairing divots. See you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Gem

This is a great course. The layout is very nice. The course is always in good condition. Some of the greens showed a little burnout. Not sure if it’s from the recent heat wave. It rained overnight so the course was very saturated. 90 degree rule in effect. The greens run true and are fast. Definitely worth playing if you’ve never been there.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/24/2019

Thank you Mayapro! Glad you had a good time. Yes, that heat wave after that wet spring sure has been tough on maintenance. See you soon!

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great public course!!!!

Great layout,course in good condition played in 4 hours on a Saturday morning. greens fast and true. Hey golfers replace your divots!!!!

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/24/2019

Thanks Joe! Glad you had fun. Yes, we really stress replacing divots and fixing ball marks.

Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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