Nettle Creek

4.1250764706 4.1 stars from 5 (66)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6562 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6562 yards 72.1 130
White 71 6129 yards 70.3 126
Yellow 71 5307 yards 68.2 121
Red (W) 71 5059 yards 68.9 120

Nettle Creek Golf Course in Morris, Ill. offers one of the most unique golfing experiences in southwest Chicagoland. The course has a links-style layout set in a beautiful prairie environment abundant with wildlife, a non-traditional setting for links golf. The championship layout features generous fairways and large, undulating greens flanked with cavernous, free-slowing sand traps. You won't find many trees on Nettle Creek's rolling terrain but colorful wildflowers and native grasses frame all of the holes. In addition to several strategically placed bunkers, water comes into play frequently in the form of ponds and wetlands. There are ample risk-reward opportunities that will test your shot-making skills. You may find that you have to use every club in your bag. The golf course has some challenging holes but it's still forgiving enough for players of any skill level to enjoy.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 66 Reviews
5 stars:
23
4 stars:
31
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

57 out of 64 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for locals   Challenges include bunkers water hazards  

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"Nice pleasant track"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Experienced the opposite of the prevailing south westerly fan (easterlies blowing 10 to 15mph with a cold twinge to them). This toughened up Nettle to play extremely long - especially the 6th thru 8th and 16/17 stretches. Course was in decent shape and what you'd expect for the horrible early spring weather Chicagoland has experienced to start this season. None of the grass as grown a lick. Nettle has a functional clubhouse with restaurant/bar, no lockers or showers but does have a decent grass range to warm up on. It's a nice routing the traps were maintained okay and the greens were a tad bumpy were cut and rolled....just okay. Fairways okay but the rough is really hit and miss with some bare patches and hard pan....the ball always seems to roll out more in the rough areas at this course versus the roll out in the fairways. A decent routing...pleasant place out in the corn fields touring a McMansion housing development and thankfully a decent setback from them. The 2nd hole is a monster of stupid - and when the course is crowded pretty much guarantees that pace will be crawl until you get further out on the course. The par 35 back nine is fairly easy but the 16th/17th holes will challenge the best of golfers. Blue tees weren't set up or marked but that didn't deter 3 foursomes yammering away in front of us who had no business playing the tips to somewhat slow play this day. The white tees at 6129 were set way back and the easterlies made this place play well over 6600 yards. Course does have yellow senior tees at 5307 but those are basically set up as back ladies tees...the course should strongly consider making the yellow tees more of composite with a yardage of 5800 or so. All in all a tad over 3 stars and a course I don't mind at all playing a couple of times a season.....good value and definitely worth the drive if you haven't played here.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very nice course, great value!"


Jim9525831's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout, course in great shape, greens well manicured & pleasantly fast. Play 3-4 times a year & will most definitely continue to!!!! Highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Almost Perfect!"


Chuck2063203's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Except for the 2nd hole this is our perfect course - wide fairways, not a lot of trouble in the rough or elevation changes, and huge greens.

The course was in immaculate condition, almost PGA-tournament-ready, to the point that a staff member once came behind us to stamp down ballmarks (not ours, mind you).

The layout (except the 2nd hole) fit our style of play, the fairways rolled forever and the greens were the most readable we'd played in a long while.

About the 2nd hole, just read the other reviews and get an idea of its notoriety as one of the hardest in the area.

We thouroughly enjoyed our time and truly hope to get the chance to play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000004533357's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent


I recommend this course



juniorsbug5's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



uTUTH7465TU's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
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: Good


I recommend this course


"Morris Country Course"


LadyGolfer18's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is always in great condition, driving range available and restaurant on site. The 2nd hole can be a challenge for some. Therefore, it would be helpful to have a designated drop zone. However, this has not kept us from coming back as other holes tend to be more forgiving.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"If you're near why not go?"


Joe7117379's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a long drive for me. And once I arrived I was skeptical. But the course starts with character and plays really well except for the sand traps. The traps were holding water or rock hard and could not be played. I loved that I used every one of my clubs. And loved that I wasn't always pulling the same clubs at the tee and then beyond. The value for my round was great. The hot deal was more than worth it. If you are near this course it would be silly not to try it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A little effort"


rhamer77's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A little effort could go a long way at this course. I've played here 3 times this year. There is never a starter on the 1st tee so you get multiple two somes teeing off by themselves. There is never a ranger or anyone else to ask them to pair up to speed up play. The tee boxes on the par 3s are beat up pretty bad. There's a lot of dirt areas and weed patches along the cart path that just looks bad. It's just not well maintained. I guess they're pocketing a lot of cash because they're definitely not putting any money back into the course. Too bad cuz it's a fun layout.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Favorite local course"


u000007414606's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I love the back 9 on this course. (I hate 2 because it blows up my score at times but that's not their fault.). The course is quiet and well maintained. The greens are a bit faster than most courses in the area but they are fair and roll well. Some well placed bunkers and creeks. Prices are good. Right now they do $25 Monday's. The range is the only downfall. The range balls are old and the markers are not very accurate the machine doesn't always work.

Give it a try, you'll like it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Friendly staff"


robseppi's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From checking in and up to great service at 19th hole.

Played here 5 times this summer will be back.

No water on course, suggestion have cart girl

Hand out free cheap water.

Will be back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u272957641's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Tony2977784's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hard as a rock and dry as a bone"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Always have enjoyed playing Nettle (see previous review) but even this early in the season I can't recommend playing this track for a least another month (or two). It appears the grounds keeping crew cut the course too short prior to closing last winter and here's hoping the grasses will come back. Nettle has an interesting layout with a good mix of short and long par 4's....problem is that conditions are rock hard (even in the rough) and the ball just bounds and bounds with lots of roll out. This early in the season with the more than average rains? The course has several maintenance issues - all par 3 boxes and many others are just minefields with no way to get a level stance when teeing off from old divots. The tee boxes obviously haven't been maintained.....way to many old tees everywhere and lazy golfers have just pounded their tee completely into the ground and leave it there. Sand traps are marginally to not maintained at all. Dirt mainly and some with no sand in them at all. A lot of the rough just off the fairways is sketchy at best....with lots of bare area so your ball just sits down on hard pan with grass completely around it. Fairways are in fairly decent shape but at this point cut too short. The green sites are all sketchy at best. Pretty bumpy, inconsistent and is certainly not what I've experienced in the past at this facility. Appears the front nine greens and practice green were aerated late season (still have some aeration holes) while the back nine greens did not appear aerated at all. Several of the holes looked "aged" where they either cut them bad or have left them there for too long. Overall Nettle is "maintained" but again not what I've experienced in past seasons. Here's hoping that the course grows out and gets a lot of rain or watering because it needs it. Re-sod or recondition the tee boxes and the greens/holes in proper order ....heck even consider aerating the fairways and roughs and sand them....it's that rock hard. Wish I could recommend at this time but there are many other area courses in so much better shape this early in the season. Folks in the clubhouse are very nice and they had a $2 special on Mich Lite and Busch Lite. Will try to return Aug/Sept to see if conditions have improved. 2.5 stars....normally at least a 3 to 3.5 and was a 4 a few seasons ago. $30 value or less.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Hot Deal Great Deal"


Lizzzz's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nettle Creek is a typical prairie style course so mostly wide open. The greens are average speed and they are nice size with plenty of undulation. In my opinion, hole #2 is the hardest hole on the course. It's a par 4 and the second shot is a forced carry over water to a green that slopes in every direction except to any of the pin placements. The pars 3s are all nice and my favorite is #15. Nettle Creek is always in good condition. I did notice they are working on the traps which have been in need of a little love for sometime. Other than that, nothing negative to say. Oh, the restaurant is closed only because it's late season. I have eaten there and the food Is always very good.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/29/2016

Thank you so much for all of the positive feedback! We truly appreciate the 5 Stars and hope to have you back out at Nettle Creek in the future!


"This course was in great shape"


gallup64's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For October, the course was in great shape.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/25/2016

Thank you so much for the 5 Stars! Glad you found the course to be in great shape. Hope to see you back out on the greens soon1


"Nettle Creek"


u675182150's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

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

Reviewed on

Course in great condition, perfect weather. Got through golf now Great bargin


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/12/2016

Thank you so much for coming out and playing and for the wonderful 5 Stars! We appreciate it!! Next time you come out and play, make sure to check out our deals on our website, best offers there!


"Great Course"


revbartlett's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nettle Creek is a fun and very challenging course. It will make you work every aspect of your game. Greens are extremely quick. The downside was many of the bunkers had dirt rather than sand and the course lacked any water jugs out on the course. It was a 90 degree day and the refreshment cart was nowhere to be found. Will definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/12/2016

Thank you for the 4 Stars and for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate the feedback and are always looking for ways to improve. We look forward to having you back out on the course!


"Horrible bunkers-concrete"


justin52409's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall pretty good- but they have the worst bunkers of any course I have ever played. They have not seen fresh sand or a rake in months maybe years.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/06/2016

Thank you for your feedback on the bunkers!


"All around good course"


my194419461935's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well taken care of,would recommend.


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


Commented on 09/06/2016

Thank you for the 5 Stars! We are always working hard to keep the course in the best shape. Hope to have you back soon!



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