A view of a green from Bittersweet Golf Club
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4.1
145 Reviews (145)
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.1
91.6%
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136 out of 145 reviews
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4.1
31 Reviews (31)
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.2
93.5%
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29 out of 31 reviews
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4.1
33 Reviews (33)
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Conditions
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Value
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Layout
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Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.8
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4.1
93.9%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6751 yards
Slope 135
Rating 73.3

Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, Ill. is ideally situated for a scenic round of golf. The diverse landscape flows seamlessly from lush wetlands to native prairies covered with colorful wildflowers. The layout also winds across a 100-year-old sage meadow and through forests of mature hardwoods, which serve as a home to an abundance of wildlife. Beyond the beautiful scenery, the terrain presents many challenges. The undulating fairways demand accuracy as you hit from multi-tiered tee boxes. Water also comes into play on almost every hole and there's an array of strategically placed bunkers you'll have to avoid. The eighth is the toughest hole on the front nine, a par-4 dogleg right with a lightning fast green. Bittersweet Golf Club's back nine is known for its scenery, which is best displayed on the signature par-5 11th hole, which offers not only a challenge but also a spectacular view from the tee.

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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Golf Season Open: 3/15 Closed: 11/15

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Illinois (2016 #12)

Reviews

4.1
145 Reviews (145)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
Patio Dining 8
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 23
Forced Carries 18
Bunkers 12
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 19
Locals 14
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 17
Worth the Drive 15
Near Local Attractions 8

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First time playing this course, heard it was a challenging track. Hole # 2 is par five that is very challenging. After recovering from loosing four balls, I enjoyed the layout despite its difficult layout. Was paired with a pleasant couple, pace was good as we finished under four hours Course for November was in good condition. Be prepared for some long carries and narrow fairways.

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Bittersweet Oct 10

Course was in great condition. One issue - too many leaves therefore difficult to find balls.

Burgers are excellent!

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Conditions Excellent
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4.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
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Conditions Average
Value Good
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Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
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Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
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Perfect weather
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Previously Played

Tight

Course ran fast. Tight fairways were as tight as I remember. Greens were pretty fair, even though too many people fail to repair their ball marks! Used my entire bag of clubs to get around. Fun layout

Conditions Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
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Value Excellent
Layout Good
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Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Very narrow and difficult tee shots with lots of hazards, but not overly long so if you can keep it straight you can shoot a good score

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bring extra balls

Enjoyable , but challenging course. Blind tee shots and shots into the green. But really fair off the tee... but it's a shot markers course into the green. Warning to you... greens are fast and missing the greens my most likely result in a big kick into a penalty area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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Previously Played

Slow day

We lIke this course. It rewards good shots and penalizes poor ones rapidly. We were directed to play from 10th but as a two ball we hit a very slow foursome on the first tee and the day went downhill from there, it was slow. Course condition was generally good but people are just not repairing divots or pitchmarks and it’s taking a toll. The management would benefit from reminding patrons to observe etiquette and maintain the course as they would hope to find it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Reviews 2
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4.0
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Previously Played

Decent Value

Played for $59 on a Sunday. Good value. The course is in good condition. My big complaint is the huge discrepancy between the white and blue tees. There is more than an 800 yd difference. We were in a foursome with some playing white and some playing blues and it was like we were on different courses. Move the whites back a little.

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Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 323
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
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Not a friendly course for high handicappers - slow play abounds

A lot of this is verbatim from my 9/1/19 review - Bittersweet is in very nice shape and the greens are rolling very well - faster than most places. The track itself has water and danger all over the place. There aren't many breathers or room for error. Shots must be properly routed. It's a course you have to play a few times....several of the green sites are very sloped.....to the point where you feel the course is a bit tricked up. A pretty place but when crowded it's always a 5 hour plus slog of wait. On a really nice Tuesday afternoon our 3 some teed off a little after 2pm and got around the course in well under 4 hours. When we made the turn we picked up some beverages and walked out of the clubhouse to go to the 10th tee. Then I was asked by two really heavy set guys sporting t-shirts and tennis shoes....hey do you know where the 10th tee is? Pro shop trying to send off a two-some with no course knowledge to play the back 9 holes directly in front on us?? That turned into a mess because the 1st two holes of the back nine are complete trouble/water/swamp everywhere you look....the 10th hole you can't even see most of the fairway from the tee box. The 11th hole you can't see the green from the tee box or your second shot. Had we not insisted (and argue) that we play first off the 10th (sorry guys not our problem the pro shop tried to put you in front of us plus there was a single that caught us on the 9th that we wanted to let play through us) all four of us would have been held up yet again by high handicapped golfers who then easily took 2.5 hours or more to play the back nine & playing the 130 plus slope blue tees - we were putting on the Par 5 11th green when this two-some finally left the 11th tree box... it definitely took them well over 30 minutes just to navigate the 10th and 11th holes.

Course suffers because the white tees yardages are too short - you get into trouble quickly from them as it gets tighter to fit your balls into windows/targets......and the blue tees (which most weekend warriors play) are way too much for them to avoid not losing a dozen or more balls in the numerous water hazards. Folks are nice and welcoming, grass range and chipping area to warm up and decent clubhouse/showers with food and proper orange whip selections. Once a year is enough for me but still recommend. Downgrading a full 1.5 stars this year to 2 stars overall because pro-shop was clueless and didn't have a care at all about our experience when making the turn.....I'm still hearing the question - hey do you know there the 10th tee is? Always a 5.5 hour plus round when crowded and that's just not acceptable. $35 value.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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