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3.4
46 Reviews (46)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
9
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8
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.8
Layout
3.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.9
66.3%
Recommend this course
31 out of 46 reviews
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3.8
9 Reviews (9)
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Conditions
3.4
Value
4.1
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
77.8%
Recommend this course
7 out of 9 reviews
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3.5
13 Reviews (13)
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Conditions
3.1
Value
4.0
Layout
3.5
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.6
StaffFriendliness
4.5
69.2%
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9 out of 13 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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 60 3612 yards 59.1 92
Red (W) 61 3099 yards 58.4 90
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
White M: 59.1/92 176 135 330 209 237 220 180 129 140 1756 180 165 257 119 148 250 170 311 256 1856 3612
Red W: 58.4/90 155 100 293 160 220 210 140 117 105 1500 170 145 240 96 125 185 140 284 214 1599 3099
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
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

3.4
46 Reviews (46)

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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2.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart

Not as advertised on Golf Now

I booked a tee time for 18 holes at 10:30 AM on Golf Now. When I arrived at the course, I found golf camp going on on the first two holes and was told by the person at the desk that the last six holes were also used by the camp. I was told we could play holes 3-12 twice for $29. We decided to do that as we were already at the course. However, we found that on two of the holes, people were getting golf lessons - not from pros from the course. Who wants to go out to play golf and have these types of obstacles in the way of a fun day? As I understand it, golf camp is scheduled for a good part of the summer so the course should not be selling 18 holes during camp hours on Golf Now without some sort of disclaimer. The course itself is in decent enough shape and is a short easy course that would otherwise make for a pleasant round for people, like me, who live nearby.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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3.0
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First Time Playing

Canal Shores

Course doesn’t have any trimmed grass other than their poorly maintained greens. 95% long par 3’s, might as well leave your driver at home. Only would recommend beginner golfers.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from Canal Shores on 07/09/2019:
Thank you for your feedback on your experience.
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice little neighborhood track

A great value for the money, Canal Shores features a mix of par 3's and short, tight par 4's that offer the chance to hit every club in your bag. No issues with slowness, even during peak saturday hours. Some of the greens had problems with patchiness on them, but the conditions overall were great.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from Canal Shores on 07/09/2019:
Thank you for coming out to Canal Shores and sharing your first experience with us! We're glad you enjoyed The Gem, and hope you will come back again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from Canal Shores on 07/05/2019:
Thank you for playing Canal Shores, Paul! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll be back for another laid back round at The Gem again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great beginner course

Great public course. Short, but well kept-best place to learn

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Response from Canal Shores on 06/25/2019:
Thank you for your 5-star review! Canal Shores is the golf course for all golfers, with fast, fun and affordable rounds. We hope you'll be back for another soon, as they say, "practice makes perfect!"
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Masterpiece

So, right off the bat: This is NOT a championship course. And if you're the guy who likes the $150, 5-hour rounds at many such courses, you most likely won't enjoy Canal Shores. In fact, PLEASE don't play Canal Shores.

But for the rest of us, this is the type of golf course that we need to grow the game. A mix of par 3's (12) and 4's (6), and you get to use every club in your bag. GREAT value, a beautiful setting, and almost always a great pace (usually about 3 hours for an 18-hole round).

I've been playing this course since 1982, and it's currently in the best shape it's ever been. They're really making it a great place to play. Love it. THANKS.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from #CanalShores on 05/01/2019:
Thank you for your review and recommendation, downinch. We're happy to hear how much you appreciate all of the Gems features, and your continued support over the last 25+ years! We look forward to seeing you throughout our 100th year celebration!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Interesting course the price makes it worth it.

Read a lot of reviews about how nice this course was now being kept up. I would have hated to see what it looked like before. Their is very little difference between fair way and rough with much fairways being probably a 85% lie. The greens were very patchy. Also the pace of play was extremely slow as every hole someone was walking their dog down the fairway at a snails pace. But what I can say goes into this places favor is that it is usually on sale for $10.00 then just add fees and your walking 18holes for $17.00 that is not bad for the area.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Response from Canal Shores on 06/25/2019:
Hi Hasselhaas, we appreciate you coming out to play Canal Shores. We appreciate your feedback on your first round at The Gem, and hope the character of the course will bring you back for another round!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Response from #CanalShores on 05/29/2019:
Thank you for rating your first experience at Canal Shores! We're glad you enjoyed your round and please let us know if there's anything we could do to boost your rating up to 5-stars!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Improved condition

Played for first time in 5 years. Big improvement. Only one green had issue. Course is country club tight. Very charming. Pleasantly surprised.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from #CanalShores on 05/24/2019:
We're glad you decided to come back and are very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your experience, snyderj! Thank you for rating Canal Shores 5-stars!
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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Commented On 09/24/2018

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!
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