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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 6642 yards
Slope 136
Rating 72.3

Course Details

Year Built 1924
Fairways Meyer Zoysia Grass
Greens Crenshaw Creeping Bentgrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Keith Foster (1997) Gary Kern (1990) Larry Packard (1924) Brent Wadsworth Ron Kern (1990) Kevin Hargrave (2015)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs No

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code No Denim. Collared Shirt Required.

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

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Great private track hidden away

Hidden away in the small town of Edwardsville, IL, Sunset Hills appears - when you first drive in - as if you're driving into the middle of a neighborhood. And you are. This made me nervous as I despise courses crammed among houses causing forced OB's and taking away the feeling of "golf" when golfing.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Sunset Hills is not this at all. While the course is tight, with many OB areas, it is not because of backyards and swimming pools right off the fairways. The course winds its way into a beautiful, natural woodsy area, and if you miss the fairway and rough you're in what my son and I call "the shmutz." Trees and bushes and canyons, etc.

The course is beautiful tee to green. Once you get past the first tee, you see only a few houses and they are not intrusive. The terrain is hilly with many blind shots and elevation changes, but again, unlike some newer courses which are tricked up with terrain changes, Sunset Hills is all natural and feels natural.

The design is smart, rewarding well played shots - you can go low here - and penalizing bad shots - you can score high easily, too. There is a good variety of holes - you're not feeling like you're playing the same 4 holes over and over - and several holes are worthy of taking photos.

The greens are in good shape and run true, if not that fast. The tee boxes - a big tell if a course has a good superintendent - are all well maintained and offer true, flat tee surfaces.

The pro shop is well stocked, and the staff was extremely friendly. This is a private course and I was able to play due to reciprocal privileges with my home course. John the head pro went out of his way to make me and my son feel as welcomed as if we were Sunset Hills members.

The locker room and restaurant areas look nice and are well maintained. The food we tried was good, if not spectacular.

My only criticism is that due to some lengthy distances between greens and tees, the course is not really walkable. But that's a small critique considering everything else.

If you get a chance to play here, I highly recommend it. And if you are able to consider membership, I think it'd be a great club to call home.

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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