Gateway National Golf Links

4.2792294118 4.3 stars from 5 (220)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7178 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 75.0
  • Layout

  • 18 Golf Dr, Madison, Illinois 62060, Madison County
  • (618) 482-4653
  • (614) 482-2485
  • www.gatewaynational.com

Year built: 1998
Architect(s): Keith Foster
Type: Public
Greens: Bent
Fairways: Bent
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 220 Reviews
5 stars:
92
4 stars:
96
3 stars:
24
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

209 out of 220 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive near local attractions   Great for advanced golfers locals a weekend splurge   Challenges include water hazards bunkers thick rough   Great for drinks watching the game brunch  

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"Great place to practice your game!"


Madison001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
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Reviewed on

Course is in good shape. Putting surface is well ahead of schedule. You will use every club in your bag.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000006636444's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
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Reviewed on

Experienced problems with golf now. I booked a tee time and apparently there was no tee time for that time I booked so they had to push our tee time an 1/2 hour earlier which made us not have time to warm up. Nice track but figure it out. Not my problem someone messed up.


Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
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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


"g1"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in fine shape. Very windy that day and wet from an inch of rain the day before.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best of St Louis"


u000007826557's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2018
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Reviewed on

Gateway is the only public course in the area with bent grass fairways and greens and for this time of the year the only green course around. Steve in the Pro Shop was extremely helpful and Courtney in the restaurant was great ! Simply a must play in St Louis. The greens were recently airated and were still faster them many other courses I've played here.


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


"Lots of fun to play."


buckeyeLou's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2018
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Reviewed on

Tee boxes, fairways & greens are among the best in the area.


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



u134999836's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
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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


"Great Course"


rbrown291's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2017
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Reviewed on

I love this course. You can't beat the value. Bentgrass fairways are my favorite.


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


"December afternoon getaway"


Badger44's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2017
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Very friendly staff. Greens were in great condition. Pace of play was quick as we needed. Only drawback was that fairways were recently plugged but that will be fine in a couple of rains.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice cold weather golf"


Bob2713025's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2017
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Reviewed on

The course was in great shape for this time of the year

Even though it was a 50 degree day the staff was still up beat and provided that extra service that made the round fun.

I hope there are a few more warm days this winter to enjoy the course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Jasontorian's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Play was good. Good value for the money. Its fall so probably wont be able to afford it in the summer. But over all good course... I will return .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not even a close second"


u000007826557's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Gateway is always one of the top courses in the area during the whole year, but there isn't even a close second come November to March. The bent grass fairways are the only ones within 200 miles that haven't gone dormant and still are green and beautiful


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


"Best public course in St Louis"


u000007826557's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Gateway is a gem of a layout with by far the best public bent grass fairways within 200 miles! With their dynamic pricing even the golfer on a tight budget can find a deal. 18 is my favorite finishing hole in the area. The staff are awesome and helpful. If you're in the pro shop at the right time they will have super 70% of deals on shirts. Only negative is beer prices could be a little lower for a senior on a budget ?


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


"Save Your Money - Way better STL options"


shood21's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Stay away from Gateway National! Worst greens in St. Louis right now. No need to even putt. They aerated greens this week and just destroyed their normally great greens. It is a total waste of time and money. In addition it was slow (almost 5 hours), borderline rude staff, and cart girls were so poorly stocked that I just had them go ahead instead of buying. Too many other great courses in STL to waste good money at Gateway

Nice little trick they pulled by not aerating the putting green. You don't know how bad they are until you're on the course with no options!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great time"


driver1514's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice to play in view of the St Louis skyline including the Arch. Course has a nice variety of challenging holes. Course was in great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Michael7066964's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"One of my favorite courses to play in the area"


u000001749607's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
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Reviewed on

The course is always in great shape. Greens are receptive and fairly fast and true. Fairways are generous but wayward shot are costly. A good test to see where your golf game is.


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



u3292505's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u752835169's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Nice course"


Mark6987927's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course played very fair I really liked it. It's a little tricky as there at no hole pictures on the signs or scorecard so it's a little difficult to know where the hazards lie. They do have a yardage book for sale so I would probably recommend getting it. I didn't know about until it was too late.

Other than that I look forward to going back for another test


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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