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Bittersweet Golf Club

Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, IL

COVID-19 Update 3/27/20: 

Per a new interpretation of Governor Pritzker's Executive Order, Bittersweet reopened on March 26th in strict compliance with all parameters stipulated and even took additional measures (such as blocking off every other tee time) to ensure social-distancing protocols could be observed. However, later that day this new interpretation was reversed. The most current Executive Order FAQs on Governor Pritzker's new website clearly state that golf courses are to remain closed, as follows:

Executive Order 20-10 requires all non-essential businesses and operations to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations.

Per the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity the following question and answer:

Can golf courses stay open?
No; recreational sports businesses including golf courses are not considered essential businesses under the executive order.

Therefore, Bittersweet will remain closed through April 7th, 2020. We apologize for any confusion on this matter. All of your Bittersweet staff and the entire GolfVisions team look forward to seeing our golfers back on the links soon. Stay healthy!

Bittersweet Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course located in Gurnee, IL, well known as home to both shopping and entertainment 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 natural 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...who define FUN as the utmost challenge. At Bittersweet, however, FUN is available to all 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 new practice area is the perfect place to hone your swing or take lessons from a knowledgeable golf professional. Bittersweet's 19th hole, featuring an indoor grill room and outdoor patio seating, is among the finest in the north suburbs. A fabulous track, 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.

Join us for Bittersweet's Spring Fling on Saturday, April 25th, 2020. Please click here for registration form.

Friday Burger Nights return May 1st, 2020!


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