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4.1
280 Reviews (280)
5 Stars
117
4 Stars
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3 Stars
33
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.1
85.2%
Recommend this course
247 out of 280 reviews
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3.7
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
81.8%
Recommend this course
9 out of 11 reviews
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4.0
43 Reviews (43)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
18
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
88.4%
Recommend this course
38 out of 43 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6943 yards
Slope 137
Rating 73.5

Stonewolf Golf Club is one of only four courses designed by Jack Nicklaus in Illinois and Missouri and it is also one of his only public access designs. Nicklaus created a shotmaker's layout with a variety of different holes. He also incorporated his signature style of bunkering, which you'll remember for their shape, design, and placement. This is not a golf course where you'll be able to just grip it and rip it. Thoughtful strategy and careful club selection off the tees are essential for doing well. Stonewolf Golf Club opens with a tough trio of holes, ending with a short par 4 that requires a forced carry to a severe green that features a tricky elevation change right in the middle of the surface. There is also a lateral hazard on the left, and five bunkers bordering the right side.

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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Zoysia Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1997) Bruce Borland

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Illinois (2016 #20)

Reviews

4.1
280 Reviews (280)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 28
Elevation Changes 27
Water Hazards 17
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 22
A Weekend Splurge 17
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 16
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 20
Convenient to the City 18
In the 'Burbs 6

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Reviews 1
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

- slowest round I have played in years. Too may slow players and no marshal. wont go back

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Nice Course

I really appreciate and enjoyed playing this course today.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

You'll love this course if you like bumpy greens

I played 99% of my golf at Stonewolf in the early 2000s when it first opened. It was an amazing place then. I have no idea why they switched the nines from the original design Jack intended. It makes no sense at all. The greatest player of all time should have his course layout respected and celebrated. The greens were all a consistent speed and quite fast, but very bumpy from a poa annua infestation. The pin positions were tucked into corners of greens and on slopes that made playing on a windy day almost unenjoyable. Lagging a short birdie putt because you don't want a 3 foot comebacker on the bumpy greens is not my idea of fun or good value. The bunkers were dragged but with a deep grooved rake. I found a bunker 4 times. Each time my ball was in the middle of a deep groove, so basically I had a buried lie each time. On 2 of the bunkers, the "sand" was mud and my wedge buried and I barely got the ball out. The other 2 bunkers had a thin layer of sand that was dried and crusty and my wedge drop-kicked. The zoysia fairways are dormant. Dormant zoysia normally plays fairly well but these fairways are completely matted down so every lie in the fairway was extremely tight. I'll be back but not until the middle of the summer. Definitely not worth the $60.00+ that I paid today.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 74
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Boo

The layout is good. Some greens were bumpy and some bunkers were in bad shape. It’s been in better shape in past

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 37
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Recovering

Greens are still recovering from the past 2 years and at least half of them are in poor shape for a supposedly better JN design course . They're trying to make the course easier by removing many sand raps but as of today they're all ground under repair. Tee boxes and fairways were in good shape . Still recommend playing but beware of a few issues like greens Andrew slower pace of play than should be.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Tough Track

The Golden Bear has designed another great but tough track especially in the windy conditions that I played in. The fairways could use some water and the greens were less than perfect, however, this track is well worth playing. If you’re a high handicap player bring a few extra balls as you will surely lose a few.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Interesting course

The greens were lost to fungus. Bunkers no sand Dirt tee boxes were great and faraway to were above average.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great layout

Played for the first time and was really impressed with the overall layout of the course. Very unique. Would definitely come back. Staff was extremely friendly. Pace of play was a little slow but it was noon and hot deal time of day. Greens could use some work. Lots of ball marks from heavy traffic and they had just aerated they greens and off the green as well. Ran into several situations where putts would bump or no grass to chip from. Minus the conditions the overall layout and uniqueness of it really makes up for it. Definitely helps to play with someone that has played before especially through the first four holes. Fairways and tee boxes in great condition. If the greens got to where they should be then this course would be pristine.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Stonewolf Golf course

Good tough course. Just wish the greens were in better shape but still a very good course. And all workers were super pleasant and friendly.

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