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.
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.
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.
Great and beautiful
Very picturesque course I loved it Reminded me of a up north Wisconsin course
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!
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.