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4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
93.0%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
The Tips 71 7178 yards 75.0 138
Championship 71 7092 yards 74.6 138
Back 71 6623 yards 72.4 133
Middle 71 6154 yards 70.1 126
Forward 71 5187 yards 64.5 109
Scorecard for Gateway National
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
The Tips M: 75.0/138 410 469 661 197 482 560 204 419 430 3832 317 444 154 562 240 458 390 231 550 3346 7178
Champions M: 74.2/127 401 462 655 194 475 556 200 417 427 3787 315 442 147 557 236 454 384 225 545 3305 7092
Back M: 71.9/126 376 422 630 180 452 530 180 408 390 3568 271 416 131 533 200 428 354 195 527 3055 6623
Middle M: 69.6/123 354 397 566 153 421 500 160 378 360 3289 251 394 115 520 185 408 325 173 494 2865 6154
Combo M: 66.4/114 354 329 475 153 351 455 160 378 360 3015 251 330 115 462 155 330 325 173 494 2635 5650
Forward M: 65.0/106 W: 66.1/111 302 329 475 130 351 455 145 300 310 2797 202 330 90 462 155 330 274 156 391 2390 5187
Handicap 13 7 1 17 3 5 15 11 9 12 6 18 2 14 4 10 16 8
Par 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 3 5 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bent
Greens Bent
Golf Season Year round
Architect Keith Foster

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
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
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

4.4
252 Reviews (252)

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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Handicap 10-14
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5.0
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Perfect weather
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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!

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Course in Great Shape

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

Conditions Good
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Skill Advanced
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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.

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Layout Good
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Conditions Excellent
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Pace Excellent
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5.0
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#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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Skill Intermediate
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5.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
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1.0
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Won’t be back

They set us up a tee time the same time a golf tournament started. Paid $80 for 2 people to play 9 holes. Conditions of the course we’re not great. Paths were extremely bumpy and had to hold on to everything. Got to the hole they told us to go to and a high school team was already on it. We went back and they said “well then just go to the next one.” Very annoyed at this point, we went, but by the time we got to the next one they we’re already on it. We asked for a refund because this course was a waste of our time and not worth the money. They gave us the wrong amount of change. Sent an email to the course and still have yet to get a reply. Very unhappy.

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Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
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Commented On 05/09/2019

Please do not allow this review to affect your decision to play this course or not. Sounds to me like this reviewer has never.been on a golf course before. This course is 100% the best public course in the bi-state area and the ONLY public course with bent grass fairways around. It is always in immaculate shape, from tee to green. They could not be more kind and accommodating as well. Do yourself a favor and play this course and then play it again and again!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Always a good time

Come to gateway for a challenge of all skill levels

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Early spring at Gateway

The course was aerated yesterday and today so the greens were not their usual top notch but you can see all of the work the grounds crew is doing and in 2 weeks the course will be in spectacular shape. I still love their bent grass fairways and they are the only course that's green this early in the year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It’s gone downhill

Used to LOVE Gateway. I understand it’s March....but REALLY bumpy greens, hard to find grass to play off of anywhere except the fairways and greens (I’m sure there’s a good joke there) and the person in charge of the pro shop was not friendly and very unfriendly. Hopefully they get the place back to top shape as it was a short couple years ago.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bureaucratic course management

In a sentence… 16 golf carts on number 10 at noon time standing there watching each other T off. Frost delay? It was frozen the whole time. No matter what tee? 1 or 10? It’s December in St Louis. I’ve been to others Walters management courses .... and they said the same exact thing. I also have played everywhere else! That cannot be real and never happens anywhere else. NEVER. it’s a mathematical loop and cannot be substantiated. Gathered the money, back the groups up, and half the groups never finished leaving disgusted as you see the other nine empty next to you during the warm of the afternoon? Zero common sense. No carts in the parking lot to pick up your clubs? Let the people golf?

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

One of the best

Quite frankly I don't play Gateway more often b/c the prices can be pretty steep and most of my buddies aren't interested in paying $70+ to play a round. I've only played the course twice and loved it both times. The greens were in incredible shape. The fairways looked good, a lot of people don't know that you need to fill the bent grass divots with sand but conditions were amazing for December. Certainly a bit of the links feel, I love the native grasses and marshes throughout. If you're driving the ball well you can score pretty well on the course. Reminded me a bit of some courses in Carolina with some marshes and some controlled landing zones. The par 3's, I personally felt played tough, there is from my understanding always wind at Gateway and the angles of the par 3's made it a bit tricky but that's fun. As far as public courses in the metro this is in my top 4.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Top Golf

Great course, Probably one of the best in this area of St. Louis. Unfortunately, It happens to be located in Madison Illinois which has absolutely no off course amenities worth stopping for. Nonetheless play in this course was a joy totally well Greens were absolutely true and very challenging over all. Not too difficult to enjoy however I will definitely play each chance I get.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent course!!

It was really cold today which kept most people off the course. The course was in really nice condition for this time of the year. Fairways were excellent, greens were different paces but well maintained overall, and tee boxes were fantastic! I will definitely be back soon

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Combination links and marsh course, Open fairways, sand , water and marsh around greens, White tees played long. Great views of theSt. Louis arch,, downtown St . Louis and the cable tower on the.bridge. Need to be accurate around greens and with approach shots. Have fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Previously Played

I would advise not buying into the special of 8 rounds for $200. Its next to impossible to book a tee time before 1pm.They limit you to Monday thru Wednesday only and then they close those days occasionally for special events.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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