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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.1
80.2%
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4.2
14 Reviews (14)
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Conditions
3.9
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
78.6%
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4.2
33 Reviews (33)
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.4
78.8%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6943 yards
Slope 137
Rating 73.5

Stonewolf Golf Club is one of only four courses designed by Jack Nicklaus in Illinois and Missouri and it is also one of his only public access designs. Nicklaus created a shotmaker's layout with a variety of different holes. He also incorporated his signature style of bunkering, which you'll remember for their shape, design, and placement. This is not a golf course where you'll be able to just grip it and rip it. Thoughtful strategy and careful club selection off the tees are essential for doing well. Stonewolf Golf Club opens with a tough trio of holes, ending with a short par 4 that requires a forced carry to a severe green that features a tricky elevation change right in the middle of the surface. There is also a lateral hazard on the left, and five bunkers bordering the right side.

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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Zoysia Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1997) Bruce Borland

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Illinois (2016 #20)

Reviews

4.2
250 Reviews (250)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 28
Elevation Changes 27
Water Hazards 17
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 22
A Weekend Splurge 17
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 16
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 20
Convenient to the City 18
In the 'Burbs 6

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5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 32
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Plays A few times a week
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4.0
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Previously Played

Great track

Course is in great conditions greens were nice not a long course it’s where you hit it not how far you hit it on this one

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 67
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Decent Conditions But Room For Improvement

Overall, I thought the course was in decent shape. From when I played Stonewolf last in February, the greens have made a complete turnaround. When you play Stonewolf, remember it is a Jack Nicklaus design. Which means you can be severely penalized for hitting just a marginal shot. Most of the greens are set at angles with bunkers in front and back.

Good:
• The fairways were firm and you got good roll on your drives.
• Overall, the greens have made a significant improvement from February. Only concerns are the pock marks in the front of the greens and there is some stress on the 15th green.
• With Covid-19, they did allow you to sit on the patio and order food from the bar area. The area was very busy and they could have used another person helping.

General Comments:
• The greens are a mixture of bent grass and poa annua grass. Which means your putts may oscillate as it tracks toward the hole and your ball does not break as much.
• They have finally changed the nines and renumbered the course. This was a long time coming because it never made sense to start your round trying to figure out how far to land your ball just short of the ravine.
• Not sure what is going on with the tee markers. Some holes have the newer tee markers, some do not. Very strange. On the new tee markers, they all look white, so it is a bit confusing. The color of the tee is on the side of the marker, which makes it hard to determine what color the tee is until you are even with the markers.

Needs Improvement:
• It appears the greens are overwatered. The front part of most greens are filled with pock marks, from most balls landing in those sections and leaving a “muddy” repair mark.
• They have removed the sand from numerous bunkers on the course, however, they have done nothing to make them grass bunkers. They need to do something as these are very unpleasant to the eye. Some are marked ground under repair, some are not.
• They need to make sure there are yardage markers on each par 3 tee. Some of the markers were overgrown with grass and could not see them. They should edge the grass around these markers.
• The course does have stakes at 100, 150, 200 and some 250-yard markers. However, they are ALL green with 2 white stripes. Why? Make them red, white, blue and yellow. Only makes sense.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Fast Greens

Great course, greens were true and fast. Really nice course, you will use every club in your bag. Staff was outstanding and pace of play was excellent-will definitely come back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 33
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Jack Design

Any chance you can play a Nicklaus designed course you're in for a treat. So many courses built in the 90s value distance and being really long. This course is much more about ball placement and iron accuracy. Many par 3s are very challenging and for many par 4s you can have success leaving the driver in the bag. The greens can be challenging and roll fairly true. The best public greens go to Gateway but these are very solid. You wind through some houses along the way but the back 9 is much more wooded. If you're feeling it you can score well, if you're pulling or slicing your driver it can be a long day. Staff is great and I think overall the pace is fairly solid. I have to think more on this course than many others that I play and I think that adds a great element to the game. The course wont blow you away but it's a very solid choice considering the price. I'll play this over Tapawingo and for at least $20 less per round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

no structure

While playing there were random people driving all over the course and jumping on holes and playing (cutting lines) also, was told we could order food and drinks, and there would be a cart girl. We ordered our food and they forgot to make it after 1hr. Called for a cart girl for drinks, they said she would be there in a few minutes and she never came. Very unfortunate because I was having high Hope's for this course for my 1st time playing here. Unfortunately I'd give it a 2.5 out of 5. Course was in o.k shape nothing to wow you either. Maybe in the summer times things will be turned around and they will be on top of things.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 67
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Greens Need Some Work

I played in February and I don’t like to be too harsh on a course during the winter months.
I thought the tees and fairways were great. The problem they have is with their greens. Their greens are a mix of bent grass and poa annua.
The poa annua grass is splotchy, bumpy and ruined the putting experience. You had no idea where your putt was going.

The staff at Stonewolf said they plan on trying to get rid of the poa annua and re-seed those sections. I would expect the greens to improve by Spring/Summer.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Decent course condition. Great layout.

Nice course for a public track. With hot deal it was a steal at $16. Greens had spots on them and little bumpy but good fast speed. Just some areas of dead grass in places in fairway also. But for the money it’s a good value

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 33
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Fungus Amongus

Every green afflicted with fungus a real bummer. Super crowded for a Tuesday at noon. Had to go off of 10, 5 minute wait on every tee, no rangers in sight. The STL bumpkin still doesn’t know how to fix ball marks! We played the back 9 a second time due to no less than a dozen waiting to go off of number one!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Unfortunate Conditions On An Excellent Nicklaus Layout

I wish someone had warned me of the poor course and green conditions on GA. You can tell this is a nice Nicklaus layout, BUT the greens are in severe need of fungus remediation. The greens are largely black and green and un-puttable. The bunkers are not maintained consistently from hole to hole. I wanted to like this course but couldn't. I hope they get it together.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
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
Previously Played

Excellent course!

Great course challenging for all player levels. Jack Nicklaus SIGNATURE course! Nuff Said!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 32
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great couo

What a treat, tough Nicklaus design it doesn’t have to be long to be difficult!
Couple of greens showing some stress but overall excellent

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course was in bad condition

I have played Stonewolf many times over the years and have always enjoyed the course....It has always been worth the money and hour drive to play....today was very disappointing.....the greens were the worst greens I have played all year and many of the sand traps were close to unplayable. Won't be going back until I am assured things have improved.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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