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4.5
259 Reviews (259)
5 Stars
129
4 Stars
116
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.7
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
96.9%
Recommend this course
252 out of 259 reviews
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4.6
64 Reviews (64)
5 Stars
41
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.7
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
98.4%
Recommend this course
63 out of 64 reviews
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4.6
71 Reviews (71)
5 Stars
46
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.7
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
98.6%
Recommend this course
70 out of 71 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Traditional/Links
Par 72
Length 6701 yards
Slope 125
Rating 72.3
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Acorns Golf Links
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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect William Ebeler (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire, shirts must be worn at all times, no tank tops.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Illinois (2015 #19)

Reviews

4.5
259 Reviews (259)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 8
Drinks 8
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 18
Forced Carries 14
Bunkers 12
This course/club is great for:
Locals 12
Advanced Golfers 9
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 13
In the 'Burbs 9
Convenient to the City 6

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Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 89
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 100 Contributor
Missouri Advisor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Overrated

I had not played the Acorns in a long time. It has a 4.5 rating and almost 97% of the golfer's recommend this course. So I gave it another try.

Just 7 miles north of the Acorns is a course called Annbriar. Rated the #1 golf course in Illinois last year by Golf Advisor. It receives a 4.8 rating and about the same percentage of golfers recommend it.

Folks, the Acorns is no Annbriar. It is so overrated on Golf Advisor. It is not a 4 star course and defenitely not near a 5 star course.

Let's first talk about the good things the Acorns offers.
The price is outstanding. $25 for a senior on a weekday. They had the maintance crew blowing leaves and pine needles off the greens, The staff is very friendly. I thought 3 holes were very picturesque: 6, 17 & 18. I thought the conditioning of the course was decent. The rough at times was not the best with a lot of erosion in places..

Now, let's look at the things that were not so great about the Acorns:

First, they did not have any carts sitting out for you to take. You had to go into the basement of the clubhouse to get your cart. I have never experienced this in my 40+ golfing career. That is not being customer friendly.

The course is poorly marked as far as distances. I only saw faded red, white and blue stripes on the cart path.
This only slows down play.

You really need some course knowledge to play this course. A range finder would be very helpful tool. Holes that are tough to play the first time are: 2, 7, 8, 10, 11 & 18. Many times you stand on the tee and have no idea where to hit it and what club to use.

Same holes are extremely difficult. Which only slows down the pace of play. We waited on every shot during our round. Hole 7. Very tight and OB left. Hole 8. Actually a pretty hole but not sure where to hit your tee shot. Hole 10, OB left, water right and water if you hit your drive too long.
Hole 11. OB left, water right, the landing area gets squeezed down to about 10 yards.

Last thing, too many holes look the same. Flat and boring. These are holes 3, 4, 5, 13, 14 & 16.

If in Waterloo, IL - if you're looking for an average course with an excellent price, the Acorns is for you.
If you want to pay for more for an upscale, wonderful design, immaculate conditioned course, then Annbriar is for you.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course

Love this course. It is easy and challenging. It is so beautiful.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First experience

Overall, the course itself played great. For the most part it was well kept and the greens were amazing. Obviously with the lack of rain, anywhere outside first cut off fairway was concert. Can't really rate amenities because I didn't use them. As for play pace, well we got there towards end of a tournament, so first nine was prey slow. No fault and hard to judge on that.

Definitely would drive the hr to play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course!

Enjoyed my round here. Tee boxes, fairways, greens and cart paths all in excellent condition!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great day

I love Acorns!
Only complaint I have is, much like a lot of courses, lazy golfers don’t fix their ball marks on the green and there are a number of greens with loads of marks in need of repair.
I know it isn’t the courses fault entirely but that’s really the only issue I have.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
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
Reviews 16
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
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice

course is well layer out and forgiving with open fairways. Good condition and greens were a little slow. No complaints and good value for money.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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