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3.4
50 Reviews (50)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.7
Layout
3.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.8
63.5%
Recommend this course
33 out of 50 reviews
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3.6
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
4
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3
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3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
3.7
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
66.7%
Recommend this course
8 out of 12 reviews
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3.7
13 Reviews (13)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
2
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3
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3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
69.2%
Recommend this course
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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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
50 Reviews (50)

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
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 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 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 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 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 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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from 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 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 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 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
Walked

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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from 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
Walked
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Response from 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 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
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Fun experience / interesting layout / but where's the mower ??

Found this course online at a fantastic price. We were looking for a low price and walkable round, so took the bait to try it out, to also enjoy the beautiful Fall weather .

The gentleman at the desk couldn't have been friendlier, even walking us out to show us where the 1st tee was, and explained the unusual layout. Super service !!

The track was easily walkable , but still was a good hike. All holes had unique features, and the greens on the whole were in a whole lot better shape than a much more expensive Muni we played the day before.

The course is also clearly the neighborhood's exercise playground, as we encountered several dog walking couples, only one of which was dumb/inconsiderate enough to walk down the middle of the fairway ( which however did provide and motivate me with a moving target to try and hit, lol ).

At the "clubhouse", there is a local dude selling used balls . My first thought was "why do I need more balls for a 3-par course?" , so declined his offer to browse his selections. After playing 2 holes though, it was clear that he was offering a public service, as the grass on EVERY hole was "2nd cut rough" length - holy cow , either the mower has been broken for the past month, or the guy driving it has gone AWOL. The net effect was you had to keep an eagle eye on every shot you made , especially the ones you striped down the middle, as your chances of finding your ball were equally tough, no matter where you hit it . Very frustrating, and it'll be literally impossible in 2 weeks when all the leaves come down !

On the whole though , an enjoyable day, and we'd suggest you give the Canal a try ( just be sure and shop the ball dude before you start !)

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Average weather
Walked

Interesting way of fitting a course into a urban area

Chick Evans was closed due to heavy rain the night before, so in a pinch we decided to try this one out. The conditions were fair that day because of the rain, but definitely manageable. But man, was it HOT AND HUMID that day.

I have to applaud the architect for managing to fit a full 18-hole course into the area, because it was probably not easy at all. The entire course is built along North Shore Channel (Chicago River) with lots of straight forward holes. You take a tee shot over the river twice which is neat. Pretty good beginner course and good for the value.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Walked

they keep trying

Peter Jans has been renamed Canal Shores . . .. which is what we have called it for decades , ,, , it's narrow and OB lurks almost everywhere .. . have always had a blast there even though the conditions have been historically rugged . .. yesterday the terrific surprise was that all the greens had been redone and were in excellent / pristine condition . .. soccer playing kids and local deer had not beaten them up again !! I love Canal Shores but wish they still called it Peter Jans

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

Challenging narrow course

Since Tom Tulley starting working here the course has improved immensely. The greens and fairways are in excellent condition. The course is short, mostly long par 3's, but difficult because it is narrow and the greens are small. It's a great place to bring your young golfer as the course is rarely crowded. Walking the course takes about 3 hours or a little over.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
2.0
Previously Played
Walked

You Get What you Pay For

Cheap course that is about what you expect. Greens are postage stamps that run about a 2 on the stimpmeter. Overgrowth of trees is a big issue. It's so bad on the 11th tee a punch shot is the only real option (not ideal for a 180 yard hole). At least it makes for good tailgating before Northwestern football.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Walked

Canal Shores

Located in middle of the city.
The course requires lots of walking and street crossing but that was actually fun.
The staffs were nice and friendly.

The course however is pretty narrow with long grass, making it hard to find your ball even when it's on fairway. If it's in rough, very hard to find even if you saw where it landed.

I would recommend to kids or beginner level who are scared to go out to actual field.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

good local course

great course for the money!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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