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3.7
152 Reviews (152)
5 Stars
47
4 Stars
55
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
12
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.9
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.0
77.5%
Recommend this course
121 out of 152 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.9
103 Reviews (103)
5 Stars
38
4 Stars
39
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.1
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
86.4%
Recommend this course
89 out of 103 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.9
103 Reviews (103)
5 Stars
38
4 Stars
39
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.1
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
86.4%
Recommend this course
89 out of 103 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 60
Length 3612 yards
Slope 92
Rating 59.1

Also known as Evanston/Wilmette Comunity Golf Course. Previously known as Peter N. Jans Community Golf Course.

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Canal Shores (Evanston-Wilmette) Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1922
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.7
152 Reviews (152)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 7
This course/club is great for:
Walkers 9
Beginners 8
Junior Golfers 8
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 11

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Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Great Course for Price and Location

You cannot beat a round of 18 holes for $35 in this location (or $25 off season and peak hours). It's a public course so there will be some people walking through, but everyone is respectful and friendly to the game. Staff is friendly, and course is really scenic throughout along the north shore channel. Definitely beat up on some fairways, tee boxes, and greens, but great condition elsewhere and always playable and worth it.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Canal Shores - A Walkable 18 Holes

If you are expecting perfectly manicured fairways, greens and tee boxes, Canal Shores is not the course for you. It is a walkable 18 holes that hugs the Canal and requires a bit of accuracy for the small greens.
There are bunkers, but they have not been well maintained. Canal Shores is a great place to work on your iron shots while enjoying the native prairie plants and habitat.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course looks ignored

I have played this course for a few years, and the course has fallen into dreadful shape. The course looks like it hasn’t been watered in months. The greens are so dry that they have cracked. One tee shot landed on a green and bounced like it had landed on concrete. It is a shame that this great neighborhood course is in such a state of disrepair, especially with all of the improvements to the VFW.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/07/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. We know the lack of rain has significantly impacted play. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First time at course

This course is a hidden gem. Easy to play. We booked a gas cart which was extremely reasonably priced. Will definitely go again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/07/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

In no condition to be played

Irrigation system does not function and greens and fairways are burnt out and not maintained. General maintenance is severely lacking with no defined fairways, majority of tee boxes are not in use due to damage and signage to next holes is weak. They have a few signs on course to indicate intentions to improve course but no evidence of such. At this time this course is not playable and should be advertised as such until improved. Obviously, I feel cheated to have paid and wasted my time ! Should be removed from GOLFNOW

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 09/07/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. We know the lack of rain has significantly impacted play. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/07/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Narrow fairways

Course was dry and extremely narrow. Short 18 holes. Don’t need to use a driver. Good course for beginners.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 09/07/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

cheap course

Greens were rock hard and the overall course is in poor shape, but for the price of 11 dollars was about fair

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 09/07/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Significantly Improved, Needs Irrigation

My wife and I really enjoyed our round at Canal Shores. The course is significantly improved over it's prior condition. However, with the hot and dry August, the need for irrigation is painfully obvious. Newly expanded greens have deteriorated, getting under a wedge was almost impossible, and teeing the ball was a test of strength. The course was in great condition the last time we played after some significant rains.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/07/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Canal Shores Evanston

The condition of Canal Shore was equivalent of golfing on concrete. 16 of the greens were so poor and unsuitable to play. The course was poorly managed, at one point there was a five some holding up pace of play. Another hole there were 5 kids riding their bicycles on the green as we were trying to tee off. On 18th hole , as we were trying to tee off, we encountered a couple walking in the middle of the fairway the entire length. We stood and watch as they had no clue of what they were doing. Throughout the entire course we encountered people walking the course with their dogs like it was a parkway. I would never recommend this course in a million years and it really has no business operating in these conditions.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 09/07/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 09/07/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 09/07/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

Good Outing

Canal Shores is a fun course to play. It winds through several north shore neighborhoods and is a great place to work on your game. Having a beer afterword at the American Legion is not a bad thing either.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 08/27/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/27/2020

Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. We would the opportunity to bump those 3 stars to 5. Please come back soon and allow us to wow you on your next visit! Until then, take care!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/27/2020

Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. We would the opportunity to bump those 3 stars to 5. Please come back soon and allow us to wow you on your next visit! Until then, take care!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/27/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Staff is friendly and put together. Love the course history, accessibility, view and and overall vibe.
Great course for a beginner working on irons.
Greens are fine, touch fast.
Tee boxes can be a bit scrubby.
Overall very enjoyable course and I would return. Played in a pair of higher handicappers a little under 3 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/24/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review zcordes! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/24/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

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