A view of a green protected by a bunker at Settler's Hill Golf Course
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3.7
287 Reviews (287)
5 Stars
58
4 Stars
124
3 Stars
56
2 Stars
35
1 Stars
14
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.8
80.6%
Recommend this course
218 out of 287 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.5
4 Reviews (4)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.8
Amenities
1.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
75.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 4 reviews
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3.9
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
85.3%
Recommend this course
29 out of 34 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links/Parkland
Par 72
Length 6630 yards
Slope 131
Rating 72.2

Settler's Hill Golf Course sprawls across a diverse landscape that ranges from windswept highlands to mature woodlands. The course actually sits on the site of a former landfill but you would never be able to tell with its rolling topography that has become its signature characteristic. When playing, you'll be transported from the Scottish highlands to the forests of northern Michigan without even having to leave Chicagoland. Links-style and parkland holes are interspersed with water to create a test of your skills you won't soon forget. The greens have their interesting quirks and they are framed with deep bunkers and the rolling fairways demand accuracy. Besides the challenging round and affordable rates, Settler's Hill Golf Course's west-central location in Batavia near the Fox River also makes it a popular choice for meeting friends for a round.

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Course Details

Year Built 1988
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Bob Lohmann (1988)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.7
287 Reviews (287)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 37
Undulating Greens 29
Thick Rough 20
This course/club is great for:
Locals 26
Advanced Golfers 23
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 18
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 37
Worth the Drive 16
Convenient to the City 10

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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
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First Time Playing

The course is widely laid out.
The course had no reservations for us thru Golfnow.com. In fact it was reserved by other 2 people
Who happen to not show up. That’s how we got it and had to pay cash. Go lo now should return our money.
My partner got ill midway and attendant at golf course with cart would not help to take his bag to car. Nor offered any other kind of help , just took off.
No restrooms, no water bubbler on such a huge course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Hills and Thrills

This is my favorite course o play in the area.It has hills,elevation,water that will test your skills. The greens are a challenge. Hole number 11is one of the best in Chicagoland. Enjoy

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Hit them straight

Settlers Hill is a Tough , fun course to play. Hills, creeks and long Grasss along the edges make this different then any course around. The green angular layout makes a 2 putt good. The 11th hole is one of the best I have ever played. I’ve played here many times. Come and play here.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Settlers

Hadn't played this course in many years and totally enjoyed the round. Moderate difficulty, good coarse conditions, and nice weather made for a great afternoon at a very reasonable cost (Golf Now Hot Deal).

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 36
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course

An interesting layout. Pace of play an issue as we landed up with three groups on the same hole with no marshal in sight.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Some things never change...

I want this course to be a good experience, but it just never is! The greens were so soft that a pitch shot would make a ball mark on the greens. Therefore, greens were just full of marks and imperfections that made putting very difficult. The pace of play was again just terrible. It usually starts on #11 and it never gets better. That was again the case yesterday. We waited every shot on holes #11 through 18. It ruins the experience. One tee box (#12) was soppy wet, I guess from a sprinkler being left on, we played in the afternoon with no rain the prior day.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Hole direction and cart paths were bad

Course was in fair shape. Some rough was very long and some around the greens were really bad 6 plus inches high. Cart paths had very rough spots and in some places were non existant. Direction between holes had no signs and was not intuitive. Lost time looking for next hole twice because of no direction. Didn't even identify cart return all could use easy improvement.
Beveraage Cart attendant was friendly and came aroung regular. Fairways were mostly good and greens were fair. Nobody was fixing ball marks ahead of us.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 284
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Horribly Wet Chewed up Greens & Cups

Refer to my 6/24/18 review for other comments. Pace of play today amazingly was not an issue....on the Labor Day holiday no less....finished in slightly over 4 hours. My comments that follow probably answer why pace was so good. Greens are ridiculously over watered (spike marks/ball marks/scuffs everywhere) and with the new flag in rule at least 1/2 the cups were damaged. Cups obviously hadn't been moved since previous day. So bad we were laughing by back nine. Crap shoot and a mine field of imprinted spikes marks from 3 feet?? Weather has been wonderful last few weeks and other courses played greens are just wonderful. Settler's has a pretty routing but golfers don't take care of the place - huge divots everywhere the list goes on. How about getting some divot mix on the carts? Course continues to go downhill over the last couple of years. Sand traps are not maintained at all. Just throw your ball out of them. The cart I got in was a sloppy uncleaned mess from previous players and they still don't have drinking water out on course. At least 6 flags placed on top of mounds/ridges and/or "tucked" into a side of green it wasn't pleasant. I like challenges/design the course provides and will reluctantly recommend....however it's not worth over $30....at any time. Beverages are ridiculously overpriced as well for the caliber of course. Practice putting green is stupid and they should at least consider building a new one representative of the course greens.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice local course

Course layout is solid, with all the elevation changes it makes for a fun round. Unfortunately the course conditions are awful. They cut the grass.....and that's about it. Some of the damage isn't there fault, but it's far below average compared to other local courses. Staff has always been nice, but the bar/pro shop area is very limited. Overall, I'll play here again when I find a deal.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Fowl

In addition to the fairways being in pretty rough shape, many of the greens had excessive ball marks (I’m positive golfers understand how bad form it is to not repair theirs), and the goose litter was disgusting and everywhere, especially #18.

It’s too bad really because it could be a great course. Just not worth the yuck factor considering all the wonderful courses around town.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow play

Five hours to play 18 holes of golf is just too long .

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

It’s a challenging course for the money. Really like playing here.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Want to like it

I want to like it I do I do.

It is a cool layout ,Most of the holes can be good or very good.

But the property is old and beat up.

Bunkers are rocky and have concrete in them instead of sand. well feels like concrete.
Fairways always have water and soggy. Drainage is a bad word on this course. and the water smells don't touch it ever. comes of the hill.

Cart paths are so bad it is better to drive thru the woods.

It needs a overhaul and upgrade bad.

The staff is always friendly and I have never had a issue with them.

Just with so many course in this price range I can find one in better condition.

I keep hoping for some dollars to be spent.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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