A view of a hole at Bittersweet Golf Club.
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4.2
226 Reviews (226)
5 Stars
80
4 Stars
120
3 Stars
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2 Stars
7
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
94.3%
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210 out of 226 reviews
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4.1
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
2
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
100.0%
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4.2
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
97.0%
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32 out of 33 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6751 yards
Slope 135
Rating 73.3

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.

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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Golf Season Open: 3/15 Closed: 11/15

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Illinois (2016 #12)

Reviews

4.2
226 Reviews (226)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
Patio Dining 8
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 23
Forced Carries 18
Bunkers 12
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 19
Locals 14
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 17
Worth the Drive 15
Near Local Attractions 8

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Close to 4 stars but slow play always an issue

My once a year visit to Bittersweet was just that as usual. Clubhouse with good bar, practice area and grass driving range. The room behind the men's room that had a shower is now locked off. Water and trouble is everywhere on this course.....several holes are quirky, very tight and need to be played a few times to score well. You find yourself "shoehorning" tee shots most of the day rather than swinging away. Bittersweet is a good challenge but the numerous harzards and some forced carries slow the play down to turtle crawl. If you're behind some less an average players plan on a 5 hour plus round on weekends. Greens microaerated but rolling well and overall decently maintained for a public course. Recommend but bring your accuracy.......if you're off a little you'll lose a sleeve of balls......

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Conditions Excellent
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Conditions Good
Value Good
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Amenities Good
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4.0
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Devilish Fun

Not for the faint of heart here at Bittersweet. This is NOT a bomb a gouge course, this is a track that requires thought and all the clubs in your bag. Played my driver 1/3 of the time off the tee. Lots of irons and a F/W wood. Greens are firm and fast with lots of slope. Pin hunting is not always the thing to do.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 38
I Recommend This Course
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Extremely tough coutse

Extremely challenging course with water in most holes with reeds along the left or right of the fairways. If you don’t t put it on the fairway, it be difficult to find your ball especially if it’s in the reeds. Difficult hole locations with fast greens. Very challenging golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Reviews 14
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Reviews 10
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good course. Could have gotten senior rate at course, less than the "hot rate"...also, let us off at 10th hole, so when we got to front nine, there was a wait..need to control better. Singles, etc...slowed down second half of round...

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 153
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

At the club house hot dog was so old it was black.service was good but food was terrible

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 37
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Worth the ride!

It’s about a 45 minute drive.
But the course is in very good shape. The layout is challenging and the price is Great!

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