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4.5
291 Reviews (291)
5 Stars
106
4 Stars
147
3 Stars
31
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.6
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
97.8%
Recommend this course
277 out of 291 reviews
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4.6
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.9
100.0%
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28 out of 28 reviews
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4.5
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
18
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.3%
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36 out of 37 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6666 yards
Slope 121
Rating 71.1

There are two championship golf courses available at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago as well as a top-ranked practice center. The Joe Jemsek Course, formerly known as the Lakewood, was added in 1929, three years after the club opened. Unlike the original St. Andrews Course, the Joe Jemsek Course has a hillier terrain. Although it is shorter than the other golf course at 6,770 yards, the elevation changes make it seem similar in length to the 6,920-yard St. Andrews Course. The course features tree-lined fairways and strategically placed bunkers, offering plenty of challenges but overall it is not an overly intimidating layout for beginners. There are several long and demanding par 3s throughout. The best example being the tricky second hole, which has a green that is guarded by two deep bunkers and towering trees.

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Course Details

Year Built 1929
Fairways Bent
Greens Bent
Golf Season Year round
Architect Edward B. Dearie

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.5
291 Reviews (291)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 26
Brunch 12
Watching the Game 11
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 31
Undulating Greens 19
Water Hazards 15
This course/club is great for:
Locals 26
Playing Multiple Courses 20
Seniors 17
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 36
Worth the Drive 20
Convenient to the City 7

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Well kept, clean,serene and scenic

Staff and starter were very professional and friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slowish play, good course conditions.

Greens and tee boxes in good shape, nice fairways and low-cut rough. Easy peasy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Golfing with my Son!

It was a great day to spend time with my Son at St. Andrews. It was a beautiful day, course was in great shape and we hit the ball pretty well.
I’m glad that we were able to play the Course, which we had heard good things about from other golfers. I would love to play the Course again in the near future!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

ST Andrews Review

The course is forgiving for non straight shots. The sand traps sand are OK. The greens are on the slow side. The par 3s are mainly 180 yards plus. The course we played ends with 2 par 5s and the last two protect the greens with ponds that cross the fairway.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

It's been a while since i played this course usually play the St Andrews course. It was a bit more challenging. You have to try to keep it straight there are trees on both sides of most holes but you do have some leeway. Had my best round in a while so maybe a bit biased ! LOL
I would definitely play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Excellent Shots Feel Good at this Course

I've played the Joe Jemsek course a number of times at the St. Andrew's Golf Club in West Chicago.

Like the starter today said, "This is the more difficult of the two courses here."

I had the option of playing the St. Andrew's course, but opted for this one.

The Jemsek course has longer and more challenging par threes; the greens on the par fives are rolling and sloped.

On number 8, a long par four, I hit a hybrid to within two feet for my first birdie on that hole.

I'd play this course again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

St. Andrew's review

Golf and conditions were good. Only drawback was the slow play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Course

I've played this course a few times. The only thing to be aware of is the conditions of the greens. If it rains the night before, don't be surprised if you end up with an embedded ball on the green. Other than that, a great course!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Good value

St. Andrews staff was very friendly and the course was in very good condition. The pace of play was excellent. I did not see a refreshment cart, which was a little disappointing due to the heat but this was a very good experience, all-in-all

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

good course

I paid $94.07 on line for three (3) players
to GOLFNOW. I thought that included riding carts , but
when I went to register the people at the club charged
$50.01 additional for 2 carts.

I wish GOLFNOW was clear and inform that the green fee was walking and did NOT include Cart..

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful course

It was a wonderful experience. There wasn’t many people playing before noon. The gc has beautiful greens, the rough wasn’t too rough, nice mix of par 3, 4 & 5. I’ll definitely play here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course, rough is too long

The fairways and greens are in excellent condition, but the rough is very long. Even in the first cut you can have troubles finding your ball and if the grass was just cut the clippings make it even harder. Very enjoyable course for all skill levels, not much water, par 3’s are long! GPS in carts is extremely accurate, and staff is always friendly. Free replay is on hold due to the virus but that is understandable, but I can’t wait until that option returns.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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