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Value
4.3
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
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4.5
88.9%
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4.1
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4.7
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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

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4.1
112 Reviews (112)

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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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent value. Course in good condition despite all the rain.

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

Challenging

This is the toughest 6700 yard course you’ll find. 2 Holes don’t have water. 190 yard par 3s. While the course is looking nice the greens are not a s fast as previous times (just above average) I play here at least 3 times a week and it is fun. Teaches you how to hit the ball straight. Possible to score well if you can hit the greens. Overall great course great staff.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
4.0
Previously Played

Good challenge... but SO slow.

I’ve played this course a bunch as it’s 5 min. from my house. The course itself is usually in pretty good shape. If we have had a lot of rain it can be very wet. There are either hazards or OB on every tee shot and most tee shots must be placed well. If the greens are playing fast some hole locations seem too tough for most who play this course. The course is a good challenge, though every time I decide to go back though I always regret it. The pace of play extremely frustrating, and it’s difficult to get into rhythm having to wait on every shot. I’ve played several rounds over 5 hours on the weekends. If you can get out during the week it might work. On the weekends, don’t play unless you don’t mind 5 hour rounds.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not for Everyone

Refer to my 9/24/18 review for more info. 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 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 a 5 hour plus slog of wait. Amazingly there was hardly anyone there mid-day Saturday on a holiday weekend. We got around in 4 hours. We were held up by golfers who easily took 5 hours plus on back nine (and they were teeing off mid-morning). Course suffers because the white tees yardage is too short - you can into trouble quickly from them as it gets tighter to fit your balls into windows......and the blue tees (which most weekend warriors play) is way too much for them to avoid not losing 1/2 dozen balls plus 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. 3.5 stars. $40 value.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
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 Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Accuracy a must

From the back tees this can be a real test
Water on 14 holes out of bounds on the other 4
Greens rolled true but were slow
Staff is always friendly
$35 golfnow
Pace of play can be an issue

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Tight Course

If you want to play a slow, difficult round with OB and hazards on every drive, this is the one for you. I’ve played Bittersweet many times. I’m done with it. Too stressful.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The was really nice but with all the rain we have had real wet

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Downgrading 1/2 star after a few plays

Bittersweet is just that. A bit of both. You can also refer to my 9/23/17 review.

The Sweet - friendly folks in the pro shop, grass driving range, practice area, water jugs on course, decent clubhouse with a shower and nice outdoor patio with golf course food service. Course nurse service on weekends. Loved the greens they were really speedy and very smooth and somewhat held good iron play but you have to hit the green surface. Tough angled deceptive greens sites. Overall maintenance 4 stars except for tee boxes - a really pretty and interesting routing.

The Bitter - crowded just count on a snail pace - gird yourself for 5 hours plus. Medicate and bring some cheese snacks to munch on. Occasional players and novices playing blue tees (131 slope) will lose at least 1/2 dozen balls. White tees (122) are too short - especially the Par 5's - guarantees weekend warriors will play the wrong set of tees for their skill level. Design is over the top target oriented throughout the round. Marginally off line or poorly hit shots will be penal. Swift greens - short siding or down hill chips the green slopes are almost too severe. A back left pin on the short Par 4 1st getting your ball to stay by the cup within 3 feet was quite an accomplishment - not a good way to build confidence in players from the get go - a big buzzkill pace monster. 8th green slopes severely left towards water - 9th green slopes right towards trouble. Easy to find water or wetlands on 16 holes. Some fairways are really small which require you to "fit" shots defensively into them. Local course knowledge mandatory (several rounds) to know how to route your ball off the tee box with many approach shots into angled sloping greens sites. Hit the green on the fly or watch out!

All in all I do enjoy Bittersweet - we lucked out and had a very well paced round. A bit too much of a challenge for less accomplished payers - course design for me is over manufactured. Greens were some of the best all season. Will return. 3.5 stars $30-$35 value.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I have played this course many times.

I enjoy playing golf at this course and I visit the course frequently. The course is well maintained but a bit crowded and the pace of playing is hurried. I guess you can't have all.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Complicated coarse, buitiful layout

I enjoyed this coarse. Coarse is complicated, so not good for beginners, get ready to loose some balls

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awesome course, challenging. Bring balls! Fast paced

One thing I love about this course is they make sure course pace is kept. Nothing worse than waiting around for other golfers. Course is a lot of fun, and no hole is the same.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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