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3.9
95 Reviews (95)
5 Stars
32
4 Stars
35
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.2
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.0
82.9%
Recommend this course
76 out of 95 reviews
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4.3
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
22
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
95.6%
Recommend this course
43 out of 45 reviews
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4.2
53 Reviews (53)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.7%
Recommend this course
47 out of 53 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

3.9
95 Reviews (95)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 7
Water Hazards 6
This course/club is great for:
Beginners 9
Junior Golfers 9
Walkers 9
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 11

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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Neighborhood gem

My son and I had a wonderful time golfing at Canal Shores today. Tee times were spread out so there was no feeling of having to rush or feeling crowded. Booking the tee time was easy and the woman checking us in was very friendly. The grounds looked great.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 05/04/2020

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 3
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Quirky Course

Course has same personality as Bill Murray. While it had a lot of puddles from the rainstorms, it was a fun course to play on the first day it was open. It wasn't in perfect shape but you wouldn't expect that given that it was the first day. Lots of staff out on the course to welcome you back. They may need to do something about all the walkers --- don't want to knock out any small children with a good drive.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/12/2020

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 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice city course

Nice iron course, narrow fairways and some really fun holes. Would play again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/16/2020

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 50
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Decent course

Small Par 3 and smaller par 4 course I would not pay more than $15 to play it list GolfNow perks which should be removed cause it doesn't exist and nobody even knows what they are

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/08/2020

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 50
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Good at Hot deal price

Course is very unique only walking very nice area lay out is weird to keep crossing streets and zigzagging I would recommend at a hot deal price $10 approximately I seen some ridiculously high prices I definitely would not bother with short course 75% part 3

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 08/26/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review Canal Shores. We hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

Call ahead!!

Got to the course, no mention there was a concert going on
Had to start at the 3rd hole, NO CARTS OF ANY KIND WERE AVAILABLE, The course is spread out over an entire neighborhood. Paid for 18, quit after 9

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 08/26/2019

We appreciate you reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the experience you had when booking your round. Your feedback is important to us. We always want to make sure our golfers are informed about significant changes at the course before booking. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements and continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your review for guidance. Thank you for playing Canal Shores Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First Time

Wonderful experience. Walking through Evanston and Wilmette neighborhoods. Enough signage to keep us on “course”. If you want a “good walk NOT spoiled”, play Canal Shores.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from on 07/31/2019:
Thank you for coming out to The Gem and rating us 5-stars! We're glad you had a wonderful experience and hope you will come back out to play another round again soon!
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Biggest Bang for the Buck - Short but VERY challenging

This course is perfect for ANYONE who wants to learn the game, or test themselves with long par 3's and narrow shots. This is a true gem of Chicago's North Shore and one of the most unique courses you will ever find. Very inexpensive to play, extremely accessible, and a very well-run facility.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from on 07/25/2019:
Thank you for coming back out and supporting The Gem in Your Backyard! We're glad you've enjoyed its challenges and value for every round! We just launched a Punch Card on our site, https://canalshores.org/product/20-round-punch-pass/, if you're looking for an even better value!
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
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
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 08/09/2019

Hello, Gideapark. We appreciate you reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the experience you had when booking your round. Your feedback and confusion is important to us. We always want to make sure our golfers are clear about what to expect when they show up to our course.

Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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 on 07/09/2019:
Thank you for your feedback on your experience.
Played On
Reviews 1
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
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Response from 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
Reviews 1
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 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
Reviews 1
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 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
Reviews 2
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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from 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
Reviews 1
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 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
Reviews 1
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 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
Reviews 43
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 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
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from 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
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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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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