Bittersweet Golf Club

4.1682352941 4.2 stars from 5 (102)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6751 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

  • 875 Almond, Gurnee, Illinois 60031, Lake County
  • (847) 855-9031
  • (847) 855-9084
  • www.bittersweetgolf.com

Year built: 1996
Architect(s): Harry Vignocchi (1996), Jack Porter, Bob Lohmann
Type: Public
Golf Season: Open: 3/15 Closed: 11/15

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6751 yards 73.3 135
Blue 72 6345 yards 71.4 131
White 72 5559 yards 67.8 122
White (W) 72 5559 yards 72.8 128
Red (W) 72 4952 yards 70.0 121

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 102 Reviews
5 stars:
37
4 stars:
56
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

97 out of 101 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive near local attractions   Great for advanced golfers locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include water hazards forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks patio dining  

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Reviews


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None's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2019
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



None's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2019
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Jamit's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


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



None's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Downgrading 1/2 star after a few plays"


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 09/24/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Bittersweet is just that. A bit of both. You can also refer to my 9/23/17 review.

The Sweet - friendly folks in the pro shop, grass driving range, practice area, water jugs on course, decent clubhouse with a shower and nice outdoor patio with golf course food service. Course nurse service on weekends. Loved the greens they were really speedy and very smooth and somewhat held good iron play but you have to hit the green surface. Tough angled deceptive greens sites. Overall maintenance 4 stars except for tee boxes - a really pretty and interesting routing.

The Bitter - crowded just count on a snail pace - gird yourself for 5 hours plus. Medicate and bring some cheese snacks to munch on. Occasional players and novices playing blue tees (131 slope) will lose at least 1/2 dozen balls. White tees (122) are too short - especially the Par 5's - guarantees weekend warriors will play the wrong set of tees for their skill level. Design is over the top target oriented throughout the round. Marginally off line or poorly hit shots will be penal. Swift greens - short siding or down hill chips the green slopes are almost too severe. A back left pin on the short Par 4 1st getting your ball to stay by the cup within 3 feet was quite an accomplishment - not a good way to build confidence in players from the get go - a big buzzkill pace monster. 8th green slopes severely left towards water - 9th green slopes right towards trouble. Easy to find water or wetlands on 16 holes. Some fairways are really small which require you to "fit" shots defensively into them. Local course knowledge mandatory (several rounds) to know how to route your ball off the tee box with many approach shots into angled sloping greens sites. Hit the green on the fly or watch out!

All in all I do enjoy Bittersweet - we lucked out and had a very well paced round. A bit too much of a challenge for less accomplished payers - course design for me is over manufactured. Greens were some of the best all season. Will return. 3.5 stars $30-$35 value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"I have played this course many times."


yousahkim's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2018
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Reviewed on

I enjoy playing golf at this course and I visit the course frequently. The course is well maintained but a bit crowded and the pace of playing is hurried. I guess you can't have all.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Complicated coarse, buitiful layout"


u000008008683's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2018
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Reviewed on

I enjoyed this coarse. Coarse is complicated, so not good for beginners, get ready to loose some balls


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



yousahkim's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome course, challenging. Bring balls! Fast paced"


u236634748's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One thing I love about this course is they make sure course pace is kept. Nothing worse than waiting around for other golfers. Course is a lot of fun, and no hole is the same.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Challenging Yet NOT Fair"


roblaue's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course if you believe severe punishment is warranted for missing by 10 yards to any direction oh, 70% of the time. Even when it gives you some room to bail out, that area generally slopes towards a hazard of some sort or O.B. One saving grace is the greens are very easy, so good putting could salvage a respectable round.

Ever felt like you hit the ball cleanly on a hole but somehow came away with a bad score? Get ready to feel that way for most of four hours.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Better be hitting your driver well"


Casey7856731's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
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Reviewed on

This course was in pristine condition! I shot terrible because my driver wouldn’t cooperate. If you’re off with your driver, don’t play it. That being said, everything else was perfect from the fairways to the greens! The staff couldn’t be friendlier! The bar area is wonderful! My wife & I had a drink after outside...beautiful!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



yousahkim's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Before The Rain"


Mark9110573's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a cold May day but course is in good shape. We cruised around because not many people were playing. Started playing 2nd 18 and rain moved in. Came in after 8 holes and we were given full 18 hole rain check. Staff was very nice. Course is tough but fun. I have played here many times. Great bloody mary at the bar.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



yousahkim's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Get off the tee - have a great day"


dudehaas's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

There is a lot of water on this course...I recall on nearly every hole. However, the trouble is really mostly off the tee - and often it's the trouble directly in front of you (think tall prairie marsh). If you hit worm burners, you will die here.

The course was in very good condition, and it's a good challenge for 10s to 20s in handicap. The greens are very easy. Very little break and not too fast. If you get on the green in regulation, it will be par for the course with an occasional birdie mixed in.

Clubhouse is fine. Decent sandwich fare. Pro Shop is pretty average.

$35.00 with GolfNow on a Thursday morning at 8:30 would bring me back here in a heartbeat. If it were $80, I'd enjoy playing again but not regularly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



FRed1632508's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"good"


u000004834583's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

it's good course but wanted to see good maintenance on the course...


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Trouble all over the place"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Course is a high handicappers nightmare from the blue tees. Very slow play when crowded. I enjoy playing Bittersweet but it's so target golf oriented and playing so hard and fast with the dry weather it was almost impossible not to lose a ball or two. The back left pin on the 16th was overkill yesterday - no room for error and you'll find yourself under clubbing purposefully on many approach shots just to avoid hazards left/right and behind greens. Course was in decent shape in most areas - sand traps hit or miss. Several really good challenging golf holes on this course. Decent functional clubhouse with grill that has a couple of showers in the mens room. Good range and practice area as well. 3.75 stars.....pace of play issues abound. Two groups on the 15th tee waiting?? Would give it a 4 but high handicappers really have no biz playing this place. Recommended for mid to low hdcps....a nicely routed track.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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