Black Sheep Golf Club Memberships

27-hole (Private)


2 S 610 Seavey Road
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Eastern/Northern Illinois
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Phone: (630)879-2000

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Architect: David Esler
Normal Season: April to November


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Located west of downtown Chicago near the intersection of Interstate 88 and Route 47, Black Sheep is a 27-hole facility laid out across a former 285-acre farmstead. A former Ohio State golfer who played professionally for a brief time, David Esler designed the layout in keeping with such classic inland links as Shinnecock Hills, Prairie Dunes and Sand Hills. In addition to the three nines – each of which is a par 36 and measures from 3,300 to 3,800 yards – Esler included a world class practice facility that includes a short game practice area and an exceptionally large two-acre putting green. Strategic design along with the shear breadth of the property enabled Esler to design golf holes that have unusually wide fairways that give players of varying abilities several risk/reward options off the tee. In essence, the more a player risks in terms of hitting his tee shot in the direction of a primary hazard (water, prairie grass, fescue, wetlands, bunkers, etc.), the greater his reward – i.e., a second shot that provides a better angle of approach to the green, better visibility of the next shot, and/or a shorter approach to the green. Black Sheep’s naturally rolling prairie provides for significant elevation changes and a feeling of movement throughout the golf course. The land’s undulating terrain along with a muscular bunkering style and the varied color palette of the property’s native prairie grasses give character and definition to the course. Moreover, the lack of tree protection means the notorious Chicago winds are a factor during most every round at Black Sheep. A bit of Scotland perhaps!


The clubhouse is relatively small – 6,200 square feet – with no kitchen and a small pro shop, but with a well-appointed locker room, large veranda, good-sized seating area and a bar. Sandwiches and grilled food is complimentary to members and guests.

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