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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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.
Thank you for your great review! We look forward to having you again soon.
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??
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.
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.
We are very happy you had a great day out here. See you again soon!
Thank you for your review!
Thanks for your excellent review! See you again soon
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.
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!
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.
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
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..
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!
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.
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!
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!!!!
Thanks Joe! Glad you had fun. Yes, we really stress replacing divots and fixing ball marks.
Very good public course. Beautiful setting and challenging yet fair course.
Stonewall never disappoints
Stonewall Orchard is an amazing public facility. The course is always in excellent condition. It is clear that the grounds crew works hard to maintain the course as well as the top notch practice facilities. If the golf does not impress you, then the staff surely will. I always feel appreciated as a customer here.
Thank you Esoxmagnum55
We appreciate the great review and we are excited to have you back sometime soon!
Thanks for the great review! See you soon.
Worth the Drive Play this Course
Although the weather conditions were not ideal it was truly a pleasure playing Stonewall Orchard and well worth the drive. The course is really laid out nice and from the Gold tees it was definitely challenging as several holes had tee shots over water or natural habitat which required a good drive. Water comes into play on several holes and bunkers are strategically placed. The greens were true roll and the course was in excellent condition and very picturesque. Also on some holes large fairway bunkers make for tough placement on the tee shot. #13 Par 3 has a 170 carry over water/natural habitat. A few holes have blind shots on the second shot and #18 is guarded on the left by a pond so your tee shot to a small green needs to be precise or you can roll into the pond. Not to mention hole #5 par which has tree branches hanging over and a narrow path for a tee shot over water with the flag almost 200 yds. That hole will get your nerves. I loved the challenges this course brought and also the risk reward holes. This was one of the best courses I've played all year and can't wait to play it again when the weather is more conducive to golf. Hats off to the staff that takes care of this course. I should have known my time was going to be memorable when I was on the parking lot putting my shoes on and a young man pulls up in a golf cart and ask me can he take my clubs for me. First class service all the way.
Thanks so much Golfunder90 for the excellent informative review! We are happy you enjoyed the course and look forward to seeing you soon!
Thanks for the great review! Hope to see you soon