Black Sheep Golf Club: 1st/2nd Nines

Sugar Grove, IL, United States Private

Overview

Designed with the goal of rivaling the greatest inland links courses of the U.S., Black Sheep Golf Club is truly unique in the Illinois golf landscape. With incredibly large fairways, Black Sheep offers risk/reward shots on nearly every hole of the property. The more players wish to take on the risk of bunkers, water, fescue and prairie, they’re rewarded with better angles, a shorter shot and better visibility for their approaches. The excitement doesn’t stop once they reach the green. The complexes have great variety in size, shape and undulation, meaning golfers must be mindful of where they place their ball on every shot. Lastly, Black Sheep throws one more obstacle at the golfer, the wind. Due to being completely unprotected from trees or development, the wind howls daily. It is incredibly unpredictable as well meaning the course plays differently every day. Black Sheep has been consistently ranked in Illinois’ best in state for good reason, as it is truly an incredibly challenging, yet enjoyable round of golf.

About

Holes 27
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 2002
Designer David Esler

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Best in State: Ranked 11th, 2011-'14. Ranked 13th, 2015-'16. Ranked 14th, 2017-'18, 2021-'22. Ranked inside the top 15, 2009-'10. Ranked 16th, 2019-'20. Ranked inside the top 20 since 2007. Ranked inside the top 25 since 2003.
2023-'24 ranking: 13th.
Previous ranking: 14th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.2

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.2287
Character
7.198
Challenge
6.9844
Layout Variety
7.1049
Fun
7.2783
Aesthetics
7.0429
Conditioning
7.2241

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