St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course

4.1301176471 4.1 stars from 5 (231)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6666 yards
  • Slope: 121
  • Rating: 71.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6666 yards 71.1 121
White 72 6358 yards 69.6 117
Red (W) 72 5353 yards 69.4 114

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 231 Reviews
5 stars:
73
4 stars:
122
3 stars:
29
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

218 out of 231 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for locals playing multiple courses seniors   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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yeon66's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2018
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Slow Play this time"


robertrandall12's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played this round following a shot gun start of an outing of wounded warriors organization. We followed the outing for our first 10 holes. It was very, very slow play. St. Andrews should never have offered tee times that close to an end of an outing, especially this one. On the pro shop's behalf they did warn us prior to teeing off that it would be slow play for half of our round. However, we made the reservation through Golfnow and was not aware that this outing would be happening. Other than that issue, the course was in excellent condition.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Narrow fairways"


Lisalurse's avatar
Skill:  Beginner

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2018
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The course is well kept but the fairways are narrow. Also, there is very little difference from one hole to the next. Every hole feels the same.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Value"


StevenWeissmann's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
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Reviewed on

The course is really excellent. Challenging, but fair. The price I got on Golf Now was an outstanding value. The conditions were excellent too.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Slow Play"


robertrandall12's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2018
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I've played this course many times the past few years and this one one of the worst if not the worst pace of play I have experienced here. Our foursome caught up with a slow playing threesome at the second hole. A ranger didn't show up to help move that group along until we got to the 15th hole. By that time the damage was already done. It took us over 5 hours to play which normally takes our group 4 hours or less to play. It was a very hot day, mid 90s, but that shouldn't excuse the course from monitoring the pace of play. The golf course was not crowded. In fact no groups caught up to us even though it was so slow. Very disappointing round. With that said, the course was in excellent condition. Come on St. Andrews. Get those rangers out there and watch for pace of play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/22/2018

Hi Robert,

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that your round was so slow. If you ever run into this situation again, please call the pro shop as soon as it happens. We will send the ranger right to you. 630.231.3100 ext. 114


"Horrible experience"


u465696323's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
First time playing Walked Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on Father's day with my wife and my 10 year old son. Very busy. On Hole 2, we already had to wait until the foursome in front of us tees off. On hole 6, a ranger turned up telling us to pick up the pace. On hole 7, the ranger came back an told my wife that our group was holding up the entire course, which was not true, as we had to wait ourselves. The ranger followed my wife and my son from hole 7 to hole 8 to observe their game. Unacceptable. We decided to leave, as this was NOT a pleasant round of golf. Granted, the manager offered a full refund. Disappointing.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Decent course, but nothing special"


u000002624058's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
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Reviewed on

Hadn't played this course in years, and got a great Hot Deal so set up a foursome. This is an older course with lots of trees and a mixture of different holes. The greens weren't that fast, and they were a little bumpy. Course was OK, but I wouldn't go out of my way to play. However, the practice range is the best in the area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Staple course"


davescimo's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
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I play this course a handful of times a year. The greens roll pretty fast and run true. The front 9 plays more forgiving than the back. 15-18 can really challenge your game. I believe the biggest downfall is that the first hole is followed up by a long par 3 that tends to get backed up.

Bonus: the southwest salad in the restaurant is amazing


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Two great courses with lots of amenities and a great bar with food"


ggolfhunt's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
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It’s been sometime since I’ve played at Saint Andrews since I moved farther away. All the great memories come back once I get there. Both courses are superb, had a great time. Courses were in great shape for this early in the season. Can’t wait to go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"great staff"


u000002029749's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff is extremely professional and friendly. They make you feel at home as soon as you arrive. The course would be given an excellent except for a couple of greens. More so of the people not repairs their divots. Will definitely come back. well worth the drive


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Way behind on mowing"


Gristle's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
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Reviewed on

Overall, a nice place to play. You can almost always get a tee time here on the weekend. Two courses, both pretty nice, with better than average greens. Top notch practice facility. This time, I played #2. They were clearly behind on mowing though. The grass was overgrown, and they were frantically moving everywhere right on top of us, leaving huge clumps of grass and one time even going over my ball which was greenside on a par three. A little frustrating, but for all the reasons I stated above, I’ll certainly play here again. And Dave, the bartender at the 19th hole is legendary.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/01/2018

Hi Gristle. Thank you for your feedback. Because of the record breaking rainfall in the month of May, the rough mowing, etc. was hard to keep up with. The owners added overtime maintenance hours so that we could correct this problem. Your next round will be back to normal.


"First time"


onebigswede129's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
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Loved the layout...some long par 3's...some tuff approach shots...large greens... definitely recommend


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



jpero721's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Spring golf"


robertrandall12's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
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Reviewed on

It's been a cold Spring up to this point. The grass, for the most part is still brown from the Winter. Bunkers were in good shape. Tees and greens for the most part were good. The course was dry and the grass in the rough has not grown yet. Considering the cold weather, the course was in good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



mwkmiotek's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Always a Good Experience"


Alan6297102's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Professional staff. Never disappointed because everything always lives up to expectations. Dave Eickson at the range and Ed Wheaton the startler due an excellent job. The GM Bill is very hands on managing the staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



pykjic's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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