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4.4
83 Reviews (83)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
2
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
91.1%
Recommend this course
75 out of 83 reviews
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4.5
16 Reviews (16)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.8
93.8%
Recommend this course
15 out of 16 reviews
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4.5
23 Reviews (23)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.9
91.3%
Recommend this course
21 out of 23 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6726 yards
Slope 123
Rating 73.1
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Sunset Valley Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6726 yards 73.1 123
Gray 72 6405 yards 70.7 121
Blue 72 6290 yards 69.2 117
Teal 72 6112 yards 66.1 111
White 72 5914 yards 65.9 107
White (W) 72 5914 yards 70.2 119
Red (W) 72 5361 yards 67.1 113
Yellow (W) 72 4889 yards 66.9 109
Scorecard for Sunset Valley Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.2/132 346 520 391 162 452 160 586 364 375 3356 354 177 521 428 214 407 413 502 354 3370 6726
Gray M: 71.5/130 346 494 391 137 452 132 586 345 375 3258 325 177 488 428 192 407 400 502 328 3247 6505
Blue M: 70.7/128 325 494 370 137 416 132 540 345 362 3121 325 158 488 406 192 398 400 474 328 3169 6290
Teal M: 69.7/126 325 468 370 128 416 123 540 328 362 3060 300 158 463 406 168 398 363 474 322 3052 6112
White M: 68.9/124 W: 74.6/135 303 468 355 128 384 123 512 328 350 2951 300 145 463 387 168 364 363 451 322 2963 5914
Red M: 66.3/118 W: 71.4/128 292 427 299 107 367 101 455 322 342 2712 261 126 425 352 150 296 326 408 305 2649 5361
Handicap 7 5 9 13 3 15 1 17 11 14 16 4 2 12 6 8 10 18
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 36 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 3 11 17 13 9 1 15 5 8 16 2 6 18 10 14 4 12

Course Details

Year Built 1920
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 12/01
Architect Bob Lohmann (1989) Dick Nugent (1977) Jacobson Golf Course Design (2018)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Reviews

4.4
83 Reviews (83)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 7
Narrow Fairways 6
Thick Rough 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 16
Walkers 11
Beginners 10
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 15
Convenient to the City 7

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fantastic Renovations!

The course was in great shape. We played early and were done in less than 3 hours. All good!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Narrow fairways, tough pin placement, and many sand bunkers made every hole a challenge Plenty of water on sides of fairways or crossing fairways.

Staff very, very nice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Redesign of an Old Course

The redesign created a modern course with the same layout. Removed useless and overgrown trees replaced with open links style fescue and rolling mounds that make the course FUN and offers multiple options one each shot into and around the greens. Closely cut fairways and grass collecting areas across the course creates for a highly challenging round if you do not place the ball in the right spot. Greens are FAST for a public course with tons of break. They roll true despite being a little thin since the course is so new.

Cons...the people that play the course are MORONS!!! The greens are great REPAIR your Ball Marks!!! The greens are littered with tons of ball marks. If players fix them, the greens would grow in faster and roll even better.

Great course with great future but needs better golfers than the idiots who do not know how to play and repair their ball marks and divots.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Classic Course

Enjoyable course with variety of hole lengths and features in a classic style. Well-bunkered with very nice sand. Fairways well manicured and some wide and some narrow. Several holes where water is definitely in play. Greens are moderately fast and roll very true. There are four sets of tees and card also offers a fifth combo option with shorter distances on selected holes which I probably should have tried. Carts have GPS and also allow advance ordering of food or beverages at 8th and 17th holes. Warning: Carts are disabled if too close to greens even when a bit short of signs. I look forward to playing here again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Chicago Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Wet weather

Sunset Valley - Impressive Rick Jacobson Redesign is Chicago North Shore Surprise

The Good: Fun, sporty parkland layout is an old school municipal course that received a complete overhaul by Rick Jacobson and re-opened in 2018. What was once a course with little undulation and small greens is now much more visually appealing with Jacobson's signature rugged sand bunkers and large, undulating greens. The Par 5's are particularly great and interesting to play. Conditions were solid considering all the rain in the Midwest and greens putted true. Very nice staff will ensure you have a fun golf round. Updated clubhouse, while still small, is excellent for a quick bite and a beer after your round. Updated restroom areas on-course are a nice improvement as well. Very appropriate pricing, particularly online, for a north shore municipal course.

The Bad: The Par 3's have limited length variety. I wish there were more doglegs, particularly with the Par 4's. Except for the 10th hole (a tough little dogleg right), the Par 4's are mostly straight away and of similar length. The lack of fringe around the green is a little odd and tough to chip/putt around, putting a premium on high iron play. No driving range is a significant detraction.

The Verdict: Sunset Valley is now a huge player in the public Chicago North Shore golf sweepstakes. Has a "mini-Exmoor" feel to it. the Park District and Jacobson should be very proud of what they accomplished with the renovation.

Best Hole: The Par 4 1st and Par 3 4th tend to be the most talked about holes at Sunset Valley, but the 12th, a shortish Par 5, is the best hole. A drive must navigate several fairway bunkers and then a short sided pond left of the green. Beautiful hole!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Their reno is great

This is a legit golf course now. Starters were all super nice and this is a absolutely an actual golf course. Greens were good. Elephants buried in them; small...a bit slow but it’s May and the weather has been brutal...but very 3-puttable. Used to play out here as a kid and in high school and I’m impressed with what they’ve done. Good job.

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

pleasntly suprised

1st time playing since renovations. grew up playing this course. Getting rid of buckthorn and old bushes returning to a traditional layout is refreshing and a cleaner look. many fairway and bunker improvements. the greens are the best improvement. faster,true with nice amount of break

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Redesign

Played Easter morning. Course was in perfect condition. Almost no ball marks on the greens, divots mostly filled. The only negative is no driving range. Perfect challenge from the tips. Will be back soon

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

wet but fun

Course has been redone. Facilities are excellent.
I like it better now and the value for 13$ was great but the weather sucked!
Not Sunsets fault.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Fantastic renovation

Great greens. All 18 roll true. Country Club consistent. It appears they took a tired Muni and breathed life into it with cosmetic as well as tactical enhancements. Looking forward to playing it again soon

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Redesign!!!

First time playing since the redesign and I was highly impressed. Early season here in Chicago, but the greens were in really good shape. Can’t wait to play during mid season.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather

Beauty, Just redone

Beautiful fall golf. They blew all the leaves off. Nobody was out there...Cart path only so we decided to walk and it was great !

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather

Nice changes

Love the new changes and the greens are awesome to putt on.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

New test in North Shore golf

Great new course in Highland Park IL. After I heard they where closing Highland Park golf club across the street i was concerned that there would only be Sunset Vally and old-ish not so great course. However after a huge rebuild and design i was excited to give it a shot. Well worth the wait.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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