Bittersweet Golf Club

4.4460823529 4.4 stars from 5 (84)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6751 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

  • 875 Almond, Gurnee, Illinois 60031, Lake County
  • (847) 855-9031
  • (847) 855-9084
  • www.bittersweetgolf.com

Year built: 1996
Architect(s): Harry Vignocchi (1996), Jack Porter, Bob Lohmann
Type: Public
Golf Season: Open: 3/15 Closed: 11/15

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6751 yards 73.3 135
Blue 72 6345 yards 71.4 131
White 72 5559 yards 67.8 122
White (W) 72 5559 yards 72.8 128
Red (W) 72 4952 yards 70.0 121

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 84 Reviews
5 stars:
33
4 stars:
44
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

80 out of 83 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive near local attractions   Great for advanced golfers locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include water hazards forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks patio dining  

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Reviews


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"good"


u000004834583's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

it's good course but wanted to see good maintenance on the course...


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Trouble all over the place"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Course is a high handicappers nightmare from the blue tees. Very slow play when crowded. I enjoy playing Bittersweet but it's so target golf oriented and playing so hard and fast with the dry weather it was almost impossible not to lose a ball or two. The back left pin on the 16th was overkill yesterday - no room for error and you'll find yourself under clubbing purposefully on many approach shots just to avoid hazards left/right and behind greens. Course was in decent shape in most areas - sand traps hit or miss. Several really good challenging golf holes on this course. Decent functional clubhouse with grill that has a couple of showers in the mens room. Good range and practice area as well. 3.75 stars.....pace of play issues abound. Two groups on the 15th tee waiting?? Would give it a 4 but high handicappers really have no biz playing this place. Recommended for mid to low hdcps....a nicely routed track.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bring Hair Spray"


Jeff6493162's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a year

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in great condition, we played early morning staff dried the seats of the carts and were pleasant. The hair spray poke is about you can't spray the ball at this course. It's fair but has some tough holes. It's a must play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Bittersweet both Bitter and Sweet"


hilltopper321's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the most challenging and beautiful golf course I've ever played. Tight fairways, lots of water and marshes, fast greens. It's not for the faint of heart, but I'm ready to play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A real gem nestled in a great spot."


u000006605911's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The golfers were the biggest problem. And no ranger to keep people moving along. That is my biggest issue.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great good nice"


Joshk80's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course all around. Played the whites because my buddies were beginners so didnt use the full course. Greens rolled real nice and fairways were consistent. Would play again whenever i have time to make the hour long trip.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Boguslaw8557535's avatar
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u325602893's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got a great deal from GolfNow. Very challenging course. Would recommend to bring some extra balls as it is easy to lose balls. This course offers a mix of long and short holes with different twist and turns. Some of the holes have parts of the fairway blocked off because of the heavy rain we have gotten the last couple of weeks. However the rest of the course is very well maintained and beautiful. Staff was great and very helpful.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



u309870242's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Would Play Again"


skyrider54's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played on a Monday afternoon. The staff was very helpful and accommodating, The course is a combination of links style and then tree lined fairways, always keeps you thinking. I would have to say there is ample landing areas in the fairways but the greens are protected and challenging to putt

The course was in excellent shape but as to another comment...please repair your ball marks on the greens and fill your divots in the fairways!!! Seriously...every time I filled mine, there were at least 4 -5 others nearby. Congrats to the grounds keeper...well manicured! The only complaint would be the lack of GPS on the carts. Otherwise I look forward to playing there again now that I know my way around. Great course for the money!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000006481025's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Really like this course...."


bruster1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really like this course.... I drive an hour to play here. Always friendly staff help start your golf out on the right foot! Trees and water add complexity to a well shaped course. It would be nice to have better course information for first timers and us non regulars.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



irafishman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good golf course that's challenging yet playable. Good mix of marsh and tall grass amongst the tree lined fairways. Good layout and great value. GARP! Golf at a reasonable price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Solid course"


csouth1017's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played here for the first time this morning. I was the first person out so pace of play was no issue. Started at 5:55am, was in the car headed to work at 8:05am w/o rushing through holes. Course is routed well through forest/ wetland area. Feels like a $70 course, costs half the price. Awesome.

My impression after my first round is its a shot makers course. Distance off the tee really is not paramount, but if your comfortable with your long game, you can turn many holes into pitch and putts. It's the classic risk/reward scenario. There's a lot of hazards on this course, but because most holes are short, the need to be aggressive off the tee just isn't there. Conservative still gives you a short iron into most greens. Greens have nice shape to them. Some undulation, but nothing crazy. Not extremely fast. A bit bumpy at times. If they could get these greens rolling a bit faster and more true, I would be a big fan of them. Later in the summer hopefully!

My one suggestion: If you hit the ball only one way (aka fade or draw), there are holes that will demand you play very conservatively off the tee. Play within these holes, wait for the ones that set up well for you to get aggressive. The course is shorter and the greens aren't terribly difficult. Pushing it on the wrong holes is how big numbers are made here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u837842562's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Slow"


michaelstack's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was in great condition, weather was perfect. Had a 8:06 tee time as we were hoping to get a jump on the dawdlers but, both, the group (3) we were behind the front 9 and a different group (4) on the back 9 really slowed things down for us (3). Why must duffers practice swing EVERY swing 4 times before hitting it 60% as far as most other golfers???


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


Bob6143893's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/17/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging course with plenty of teeing options for players of all abilities to enjoy.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Very nice course"


u000008222789's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Very nice course. Played a few tines. Staff is very friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"sung"


sungkang46's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good location & rate .

Nice course layout.

My wife & her friends like the this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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