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272 Reviews (272)
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
92.1%
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256 out of 272 reviews
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4.5
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
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4.4
36 Reviews (36)
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
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4.4
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 71
Length 7178 yards
Slope 138
Rating 75.0

Gateway National Golf Club is the top public golf course in St. Louis. The course sprawls across gently rolling pasturelands crossed with ribbons of tall native grasses and sprinkled with mature cottonwood trees. There are also several sparkling lakes that dot the course, providing challenges on several holes. Although it's nowhere near the ocean, the golf course has a classic links layout with wood-tie bunkers and subtle but tricky mounding that is in the tradition of great British Isles courses such as Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. The Gateway National layout even incorporates Scottish-style burns. The fairways are generous but they are lined with rough that will readily swallow errant shots. It is a long golf course at 7,178 yards and it even boasts one of Illinois' longest par 4s, the 482-yard fifth hole.

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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Keith Foster (1998) Kevin Hargrave (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

4.5
272 Reviews (272)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 15
Watching the Game 8
Brunch 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 24
Bunkers 23
Thick Rough 21
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 27
Locals 23
A Weekend Splurge 21
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 32
Worth the Drive 19
Near Local Attractions 10

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5.0
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Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Grrrr8 course

Very much fun to play while challenging with great views of the arch

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Great Conditions But Pace Of Play Still An Issue

The course is in great shape. It took on a lot of rain the day before but it drains extremely well.

Pace of play continues to be an issue. Waited on every shot on the back nine. Again, no course ranger on course. Not only do they need a course ranger to speed up play but to protect their golf course. With all the rain and cart path only rules, numerous carts riding around the fairways putting tire tracks in their fairways.

The green fees of 59.99 is too high for late October too.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fall golf

Caught a wonderful afternoon at Gateway on Columbus Day. Course looked great and played fair. Only a once a year treat for me so was happy with the experience. Running out of weekends to play!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good round today

My good golfer showed up today. The course was in good shape other than the ground under repair from the excessive amount of rain this year. Pace of the greens was good, good speed but not excessive. Pace of play was excellent this time, one of the best I’ve had this year.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

I need more golf balls

This is a difficult, links-style course that places a premium on keeping the ball in play. Native grass, bunkers galore, and the occasional water hazard make this a serious challenge. Some beautiful views of the St. Louis skyline make this course really special.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course for the better player

Fanastix course overall. Love the bent grass fairways that make you hot your irons well. And puts a premium on hitting fairways. Greens are in good condition. And not super fast. About 10 on the Stimp.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Course

Best public course in the saint Louis metro area. Great condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

IMPRESSED

Course received over 7" in 36 hours before our round. Traps were ponds and retention pond was overflowing and being pumped. Obviously played long but they had the course in great shape besides the traps. The greens were great and they had fairways in great shape where there was 3' of water only 12 hours earlier. The Grounds Crew should be commended as you could see it was all hands on deck...THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORT

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pace Of Play Is A Major Issue

Gateway National has a major problem with pace of play.
I waited 5-15 minutes on every shot with an early tee time on a Saturday. On these holes (2,4,7,10,12,14 & 17), there were TWO foursomes on the tee waiting! No rangers to be seen on the course.

I will not recommend this course until this problem is rectified. This course has the highest green fees in the metro area and you should expect more.

Overall, the course conditions were very good. Greens were very good. Bunkers were raked, Fairways were good also, with only some brown spots on hole #9. Some of the tees had some significant crabgrass on them (9,10 & 17).

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great as always

Great course. Can be a little pricey at peak times but always in good shape, challenging but fair. Gateway far oaks and stone wolf when kept in good shape are the places to go in the metro east.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Impressive Conditions

Of all the St. Louis area courses I've played in 2019, Gateway National is in the best shape of all of them. The course also drains very well with all the large amounts of rain we have received this year. Terrific conditions - get out and play Gateway National soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Amazing as always

Course is in immaculate shape, even for early in the golf season. Greens are rolling nicely and bent grass fairways are perfect. I love this course and play it as often as possible. Definitely check it out!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in Great Shape

Course was in great shape. Play was horribly slow on the back nine.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fine Track

Second time playing Gateway National. A most enjoyable layout. We've had a lot of rain recently, so the course was wet and required cart paths only, but the pace of play was fine and the course was generally draining well.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

#1 in STL

This is by far the best course in the St. Louis area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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