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Bittersweet Golf Club

Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, IL

Bittersweet Golf Club, which opened for play in 1996, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021! We have made improvements throughout the golf course and clubhouse to ensure Bittersweet is better than ever as we commemorate this milestone, move beyond 2020's challenges, and embark on our next quarter-century as a jewel of the Village of the Gurnee. 

Bittersweet Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course owned by the Village of Gurnee, IL, well known as home to entertainment, shopping and dining destinations. A scenic course, Bittersweet is rich in natural beauty. The landscape features mature hardwood trees, vibrant wetlands, a 100-year-old sage meadow, native prairies, wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife. This public course is very much on par with the conditions and feel of a private country club.

Bittersweet is an apt name for a breathtaking course that poses a serious test of shot-making savvy for avid, experienced golfers wishing to test their skills...golfers who define FUN as the utmost challenge. At Bittersweet, however, FUN is available to all levels of golfers. The choice is truly yours, as multiple tee placements allow recreational golfers, even newcomers to the game, to find an appropriate and friendly level of challenge. And impeccable bentgrass playing surfaces are a great equalizer for the abundant water, sand and wetlands.

Our driving range and short-game practice area are the perfect place to hone your swing or take lessons from a knowledgeable golf professional. Bittersweet's 19th hole, featuring an indoor dining room and outdoor deck and patio seating, is among the finest in the north suburbs. A fabulous layout, all the amenities and our terrific location just minutes from the Tri-State Tollway make Bittersweet a natural venue for your corporate or charitable outing, or other special event.


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