Canal Shores Golf Course

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3.2
37
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.7
Layout
3.2
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
2.5
61.1%
Recommend this course
24 out of 37 reviews
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3.0
2
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
2.0
Value
3.5
Layout
2.5
Pace
3.5
Amenities
1.5
StaffFriendliness
5.0
50.0%
Recommend this course
1 out of 2 reviews
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3.0
7
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
1
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2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.3
Value
3.7
Layout
2.9
Pace
3.9
Amenities
1.9
StaffFriendliness
4.0
57.1%
Recommend this course
4 out of 7 reviews
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Holes 18
Type Public
Par 60
Length 3904 yards
Slope 86
Rating 57.9
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Canal Shores (Evanston-Wilmette) Golf Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 60 3904 yards 57.9 86
White 60 3567 yards 56.8 83
Red (W) 61 3157 yards 57.2 84
Scorecard for Canal Shores Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 60.6/96 195 195 336 225 249 230 192 137 140 1899 192 175 290 132 148 273 171 320 267 1968 3867
White M: 59.1/92 W: 60.0/95 176 155 305 209 237 220 130 129 140 1701 180 165 257 119 148 225 148 311 256 1809 3510
Red W: 58.4/90 155 100 293 160 220 210 140 117 105 1500 157 145 240 96 125 185 140 284 214 1586 3086
Handicap 9 11 5 1 7 3 13 17 15 6 4 8 18 16 12 14 2 10
Par 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 29 3 3 4 3 3 4 3 4 4 31 60
Handicap (W) 11 9 1 5 3 7 13 15 17 8 12 4 18 16 10 14 2 6

Course Details

Year Built 1922
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.2
37

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 6
This course/club is great for:
Beginners 8
Junior Golfers 8
Walkers 8
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 10

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

An interesting neighborhood gem

This course is one-of-a-kind. Snaking through Evanston and Willmette with a 100-year pedigree, it offers interesting challenges to both new players and scratch golfers alike.

Let's be clear: this course has no amenities, is very short, and is not of the groundscape caliber of many courses on the North Shore.

However, it is inexpensive, reasonably well-maintained (think Forest-Preserve) and eager to please. The best thing about this course is its unique layout, snaking it's way along 100-year old homes, waterways, the "El" and street layouts. I guarantee you have never played a course quite like this: and that is a good thing. It has charm and character. Few public courses I play in the Chicago-land area can claim charm and character.

Someone needs to come out and re-evaluate the slope of this course, because it is very narrow and unforgiving. There are only 2-3 holes where you would dare pull driver, and even these will probably result in a poor result for average-to-good golfers. This course actually makes you think about your shots and shape them in ways most courses would never ask.

Overall:

Pros:

- a unique course layout and community environs

- a great place to test your iron mettle

- nice people

- A quick round

- very reasonable rates

- It's a not-for-profit community course

Cons:

- Greens are dull and not very well maintained

- Very unforgiving off the tee

- Short

- No amenities

- Course conditions vary...wait for dry weather

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Response from #CanalShores on 10/22/2018:
Hi cvanaver, thank you for reviewing Canal Shores. We appreciate your overview of our unique course and neighborhood setting, and your feedback on different aspects of our facility. We hope that you will come back out to play The Gem in Your Backyard a few more times before the end of the season!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Canal Shores Golf Course
Commented On 2018-09-24T17:21:00.000+00:00

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 2 stars to 5. Please come back soon and allow us to WOW you on your next visit! Until then, take care!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Response from #CanalShores on 08/31/2018:
Thank you for coming out to Canal Shores. We appreciate your support of the Gem in your Backyard. Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to improve your next experience.
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

For cry babies!

Gentlemen: did you expect Pebble Beach for these prices? You are correct, this is not a country club or PGA tour course (but then the last time the pros played here, they could barely break par). They don't pretend to be Pebble Beach. However, it is very narrow and actually a good test of your iron game. There are only 1 or 2 holes you can even use a driver but you better hit it straight! this is an interesting mix between "pitch and put" and a standard 18 hole golf course. It also doesn't take 5 or 6 hours to get around the course. Play is sometimes a little slow because there are very few scratch golfer's on this course but everybody is friendly and you will still finish in half the time of a standard course. You are correct that there are very few amenities on the course but then you also don't have to pay $5 for a hot dog. if you are golf snob, go elsewhere! If you like a sporty little course that will give you a challenge for a very reasonable price and an excellent value, then golf here.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Response from #CanalShores on 08/03/2018:
Hi Klaud, thank you for your continued support of Canal Shores. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you back out to The Gem in Your Backyard soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This. Course is horrendous, it’s difficult to locate, shares a small parking lot with three other entities. The rough looked liked a unkept mess. The greens were not well maintained but the most disturbing aspects were the hole location markers were so hidden that most of the players couldn’t find the appropriate holes. The course intertwineds through the Evanston neighborhoods which requires you to cross multiple intersections with on coming traffic, unbelievable!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Response from #CanalShores on 06/04/2018:
We appreciate your feedback on our neighborhood golf course and are sorry to hear that it did not suit your style of play.
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Awesome track

I have played here many times, and I always love it. Every time I come back I feel like it gets better, and I love some of the changes they're making. The staff is always super friendly. Although this course is pretty short, it's extremely narrow, and is a great place to work on your iron shots. If you're looking for a fun track that you can finish in a couple of hours, then I suggest you make your way to Canal Shores!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from #CanalShores on 06/04/2018:
Thank you for rating us 5-stars, Twhaller! We are glad you enjoy playing the Gem in Your Backyard and appreciate your recommendation!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Got my moneys worth

Great course for a the average golfer, no pressure, can get through a round quickly and very affordable. Despite the 45 minuet drive from my house I would definitely play here again.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from #CanalShores on 04/26/2018:
Thank you for making the trip out to the Gem! We appreciate you sharing your experience and hope you will make the drive again!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from #CanalShoresGolfCourse on 11/05/2017:
Thank you for your feedback on your round, Shep. We hope you enjoyed your visit and will give us another try to see all of the great work our community is helping us put into the course!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Opportunity knocks for Canal Shores

Kudos to the Evanston-Wilmette community for trying to make this a better course. Still have a LONG way to go. Greens in great shape. Other parts of the course (tees and fairways/rough) not maintained well compared to municipal courses in the Chicago area.

Saw one person on staff (in the Pro Shop) the entire time we were there. No ranger to monitor pace of play or control people just walking onto the course and play without paying or checking in. Wouldn't care, except it really slows down (what should be 2.5 hours) a round of golf. Course had eight holes closed off - were not told when we booked the tee time a few days in advance, no sign or communication of it when we checked in and paid for a full round. Found out when we got to the first tee box.

Will be a long time if and when we play this cours again. Has potential- but we were really disappointed on how things went. Lots of better options for short courses in the area.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 10/11/2017:
Thank you for coming out to play Canal Shores and for your feedback on your round. We have a great community that has been working hard to make improvements to our course all season, and we have more big changes coming in 2018! We hope you will come back and see all of the upgrades we make!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Canal shores is spectacular

This course is a beautiful family friendly course. It is a narrow little course through a residential neighborhood. This is the perfect place to work on your iron game and really dial them in. The greens are challenging which makes a this course harder then it looks. Overall would recommend it to others for sure.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 10/03/2017:
Thank you for your five-star review! We're glad you enjoyed another great round at Canal Shores, and we hope to see you at our Bluegrass on the Greens event on Friday!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 09/26/2017:
Hi Daryl, thank you for playing Canal Shores and for your feedback on your round. A part of our ongoing fundraising efforts all go back to help make improvements around the course, and we appreciate your feedback from your experience to help improve the experiences of others!
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Green not to Big not to small

This course good for control the ball.

Hole 16 &17 my number/birdy .

Thanks

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 09/12/2017:
Thank you for your review!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Unique and so much fun

Fabulous, fun, and fast!! Teed off at 6:45 and done by 9:15. This is such a unique and interesting track. I have been playing it once a week this whole season and it keeps getting better. The efforts that the new superintendent and his crew have put into the course this year are reaping huge rewards. It looks and plays better than anytime in the last five years, by miles.. Cheap golf but not cheap on scenery or fun (Bahai'i temple on 6 and 7, tee shots over water on 9 and 16). Dog came and stole my ball off the 11th green and I could not have cared less,(owner was very apologetic) They do an amazing job with Junior golf and are super active in community development. Go support Canal Shores please

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 08/24/2017:
Thank you for sharing your great experience at Canal Shores, Par5in4! We're glad that all of the work we've done around the course has not gone unnoticed! We appreciate your support and hope we will see you again soon!
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

CSGC

I had fun playing this course today that's in the very small nichè market of courses that most golfer's I think call executive golf courses, so if you'd like to golf executively golf at CSGC.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 08/03/2017:
Thank you for rating Canal Shores five stars, Raymond! We're glad you enjoyed our course!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 07/26/2017:
Hi James, Thank you for coming out to play Canal Shores. We appreciate your feedback on your round, and hope that some of our unique play options and great value will change your mind about coming back out to play again!
Played On
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Fun!

Conditioning continues to improve; unique layout never gets old. Charlie in the golf shop is so friendly! It's great to see the course busy and being enjoyed!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 07/18/2017:
Thank you Brian! We're gad you have continued coming out to enjoy Canal Shores!
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Good and getting better!

The staff is working hard to bring the course to a new level.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 06/12/2017:
We are trying new things every week! Thank you for reviewing us, and we look forward to you seeing everything we're working on to make it even better!
Played On
Skill Beginner
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 05/22/2017:
Thank you for your review!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Early season round at "the gem in the neighborhood"

Had a last minute urge to get out for a round on a warm Sunday afternoon and grabbed a time teeing off in 15 minutes. Only Canal Shores offers a fun and fast round for golfers in Evanston and surrounding villages short on time. 18 charming holes wind through the residential neighborhoods with some tight drives and challenging carries over the banks of the aforementioned canal. Course is in great shape and will be back for another loop soon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from Canal Shores Golf Course on 04/25/2017:
We're glad you didn't fight the urge to play last weekend! Thank you for choosing Canal Shores and for leaving a great review!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course needs a lot of work

The golf course is in need of a lot of work from the greens to drainage problems

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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