Cantigny Golf - Woodside/Lakeside

4.6857176471 4.7 stars from 5 (117)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7004 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Cantigny Golf Academy"

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
Championship 72 7004 yards 74.2 140
Blue 72 6604 yards 72.2 135
White 72 6237 yards 70.5 131
White (W) 72 6237 yards 76.3 138
Red (W) 72 5425 yards 71.8 128

Located in Wheaton, Cantigny Golf offers 27 holes of championship golf that plays across a beautiful landscape of rolling hills covered with hardwood trees and mature oaks. There are also 12 lakes and two wandering creeks that come into play throughout all of the golf courses. The holes are divided into three nines appropriately named the Lakeside, Hillside, and Woodside. They provide three very different 18-hole combinations. The Woodside/Lakeside Course is a tight course that plays through trees. The many water hazards also demand accuracy. There are interesting elevation changes as well as numerous strategically placed bunkers. All of the Cantigny golf courses are challenging yet playable, making it a great place for tournaments. In the past it has hosted the Illinois Amateur Championship and several USGA qualifiers.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 117 Reviews
5 stars:
82
4 stars:
23
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

103 out of 116 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers water hazards thick rough   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views dinner  

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"Course in terrific shape"


dooder's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Always a pleasure to play Cantigny. The course as usual was in great shape, the tees, fairways and greens all very well manicured, and the rough and natural areas are starting to turn to fall colors making it the course visually appealing. Service slow in the restaurant but the food was quite good, overall a great experience. Hard to go wrong with Cantigny.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Way too pricey"


mnyflyz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There are other courses that are better for the money. This place once again overcharges for everything.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Great course worth the price"


Matt6395996's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Travelled to the area and played a handful of courses, this was by far the best. Great condition, greens fast & true and great service. If I ever travel back to the area I would play this course again.


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


"Like a private club"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you want to experience the look and feel of a private club Cantigny is it. Well conditioned from the tees to the green. Putting greens smooth and slick with a true roll putting surface. Challenging throughout but fair. A gem of a course all 27 holes. Definitely a must play for a skill levels.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



flexcable's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fabulous course"


u779906432's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Thoroughly enjoyed playing Woodside & Lakeside courses. The course layout is interesting and the fairways & greens are meticulously manicured.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fantastic course conditions"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on 8/7/17 and the course was in great shape. Fairways were excellent as were the greens. Some of the best fairways that I've played in the area. Greens fast ans smooth. Challenging layout.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Real Golf"


Larry6421008's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Top drawer experience from bag drop to finish.

Excellent course in excellent shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good Day"


u000005742109's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
Previously played Walked

Reviewed on

We had beautiful weather, and the course lived up to expectations. Overall good experience.


Pace of Play: Good

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



u000006504576's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"When expectations are exceeded."


ETC's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Having played the game globally over the last 50+ years, I can, with some certainty, claim that Cantigny Hillside/Woodside was one of the most extraordinary tests and experiences I've had the pleasure to know. The condition of these Parkland courses, the layout, the staff, the circumstances and the company were perfect on this day - July1, 2017. To appreciate value you must have context. My good fortune to have traveled to play is that context and history.

The Cantigny complex is structured in a way to give both the avid and novice golfer the opportunity to prepare, play and assess the day, without ever once questioning the decision to do so. From the moment you enter the grounds your approach to the clubhouse features views of idyllic golf holes flanking the drive in. Views that entice the mind and spirit and prepare you emotionally for what's to come. The conditions on this visit were spectacular: late afternoon sun, cloudless sky, light breeze, open courses, fast greens and verdant, ample fairways. On this day, perfection was the color green at Cantigny. I can only imagine the palette in the Fall, it must be spectacular.

Knowing golfers come to accept the odds that accompany any round of golf. Cantigny under any circumstances would be a good bet for a great day of golf. By this I do not mean scoring, I mean great golf. That is an important distinction that lies at the heart of the game and is often lost on those new to the game. Cantigny is an old soul in a relatively new 28 year old body.

The Cantigny courses demand full attention and respect because the golf here will reveal the full measure of your game right from the first tee shot. A novice or disinterested player might reconsider making a tee time here given the demands and expense. The required shots and skill set for many of the holes will frustrate those new to the game, yet the courses themselves are so beautiful that your poor play gets rewarded nonetheless. Don't despair. Cantigny will inspire you to practice and improve your game if only to bring you back again and again to test your progress. The Golf Academy on-site is where you may acquire the skills and confidence to play. As I said, this is a complete golf destination, not a resort. Golf is the focus, and golfers should support and utilize all aspects of the Cantigny experience. The Caddie program supports one of the foundations of the game. At Cantigny, I can see that the future for caddies is secure. Young people are everywhere. As a senior, I found this detail to be so important and specific. Cantigny is making a statement, by signaling that the spirit of the game is young even if the game itself is old. A perfect balance, in all respects.

At some point, I will return to play Lakeside. I can only imagine it will be more of a very good thing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Unquestionably Great!"


u000003456861's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

This golf course doesn't get the recognition it deserves because it excels in all categories. Simply outstanding!


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


"One of the Best!"


13clubchallenger's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

One of the best public courses in the area that I have played. Course in great shape. Played at a great pace.

One thing they do on the scorecard is offer alternative tee configurations beyond the standard color tee marker sets. These days with my vanishing distance, I look for either a short set of blues or a long set of whites. The card gives you your ratings and slopes for such configurations, blending blue/white holes for example throughout the round.

Beware the fairway bunkers. The sand is so deep near the edges, your ball will bury. I had one shot leave only half an inch of ball exposed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Solid golf course."


Gils23's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Cantigny is a great golf course. Good food nice amenities and a fun course layout. Only complain is all the stagnant water in the ponds leads to a tremendous amount of bugs and bad smelling water. Gotta get some fountains and circulate the water a bit. That will cut down on the smells and the bugs. A couple holes the bugs were almost unbearable.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



therodore8924838's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
Verified Purchaser

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


"Fast greens for this early in season"


davenick802's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Holes offered great variety of challenges. Fairways and greens were in very good condition for this time of year. We were further challenged by the 40 mph gusts that day, but the warm temps helped.The course and overall layout was spectacular.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of the best"


golfisfun1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Private club experience, conditions excellent, friendly and knowledgable staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Expensive"


u000002637228's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout. Paid 104.00 per person and had to pay for range balls. Not a good value for the money spent. Schaumburg, Blackstone or Bowes have better greens and the fees are more reasonable. Most likely would not play again. Twosome in front of us was slow and no ranger around to move them along.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Cation Golf"


Meadowcrest1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lakeside is a good course. Woodside is a great course. Both should be great at $90 a round, but this is why we only play here 1 to 2X per year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Always Good"


u000004441758's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course a handful of times. It is always in good shape though the greens were rolling a little slower than when I have played in the past. Despite being a busy Friday, the pace of play was good. Aside from the girl at the bag drop, the staff could be a little friendlier.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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