Wilmette Golf Course

3.7352941176 3.7 stars from 5 (8)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6363 yards
  • Slope: 128
  • Rating: 70.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $18
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: MasterCard Visa Discover card(s) Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 70 6363 yards 70.8 128
Black (W) 70 6363 yards 76.9 139
Gold 70 6032 yards 69.2 124
Gold (W) 70 6032 yards 75.0 135
Orange (W) 70 5686 yards 73.1 131
Orange 70 5686 yards 67.7 120
Green 70 4899 yards 64.0 112
Green (W) 70 4899 yards 68.6 121
White 70 4668 yards 63.0 109
White (W) 70 4668 yards 67.5 118

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 8 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

5 out of 8 reviews


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"Wilmette Golf Club"


btweed1683's avatar
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Chicago Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The Good: Completely redesigned after a tragic fire ravaged the course years ago, this Greg Martin track is a fun, sporty course with tough driving lanes and small, undulated greens. Par 4 variety is strong with several doglegs to either side and demanding closing holes. Course is in good shape and greens hold fairly well. Clubhouse is nice with full restaurant and bar. Practice facility includes short game area and small driving range. Good value for quality of course and pace of play.

The Bad: No GPS on carts and very limited yardage markers on the course. On-course service is barely existent during the weekend mornings. Driving range is pedestrian, even for a park district course. Par 5's & Par 3's are unmemorable.

The Verdict: Wilmette GC is another good, but not great, option on the north shore. An improving park district course with no fancy flashes, but just a fun walk in the park.

Best Hole: #11 is the best Par 4 on the course. A demanding drive must avoid water left and sand right to a green guarded by a pond.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/02/2018

A couple of factual corrections from someone that plays the course regularly:

1. The "fire" is unrelated to the course. The clubhouse burned over 10 years ago and was replaced by a very nice facility--pro shop, restuarant/bar looking down 18th fairway.

2. The course got an extensive renovation 2013/14--improved drainage, USGA std greens , and significant upgrade in design.

3. If btweed1683 the course in 2017, he/she would have ridden in brand new, GPS equipped carts. The Wilmette Park District replace their entire fleet of carts at the start of the 2017 season.

I take no real exception with the qualitative review. The course through the 2017 season is still dealing with marginal fairways resulting from flooding and subsequent die-off of poa grass.


"Great condition, fun track"


dgomalley's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Always a fun golf course after a recent remodeling of tees, greens and bunkers it is even better. While not super long at 6,400 yards the tree-lined fairways will challenge your driving skills and occassionaly have you looking for that 3 wood off the tee. Plenty of birdie chances but only if you keep it straight. The staff and facilities are terrific. There is a nice bar/patio overlooking the 18th green where you can settle your bets. For roughly 50 bucks it is a course you will come back to often. Carts or walking with on course beverage service.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Wilmette Golf Club on 04/05/2018:

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this great review! We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoy playing Wilmette Golf Club. As the weather continues to get nicer, we hope to see you out here for another round. Be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials! @GolfWilmette

"Exceeded my expectations"


jackalbrightt's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I played this course for the first time with my brother, and I couldn't be more pleased. The staff was friendly and gave me all information I needed for my round. It had rained the previous night about 2 1/2 inches, so I knew the course would be a bit wet, and it dried up better than expected. There were a few wet spots, and some bunkers had some standing water, but it was 2 1/2 inches. Greens were nice and quick, a lot of one putts. For a municipal course, it's tough. 16, 17, and 18 are no joke. Some really cool looking holes, I was attached to the designs of holes 7, 16, and 18 as they were my favorites. My only complaints, the walk from some greens to the next tee were a bit long, but I only noticed that because it was 90 degrees. Overall, great experience and I will be coming back soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Reflections on My Home Course"


Crowmer's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I felt compelled to write this review because the more I play this course, the more I appreciate how nice it is. This Wilmette muni used to be pretty boring, but they did a big renovation a couple years ago and now I think its second only to the Glen for public courses nearby. They elevated most of the greens and many of the tee boxes, so there's a fair amount of contour now. And the greens have some real undulation and tiering. I played North Shore CC recently and was surprised how flat everything looked compared to Wilmette. And I don't enjoy playing Winnetka any more because its so tight and so short you almost never should hit driver. Wilmette has 8 par 4's that are 400+ from the tips ... so you can hit driver a lot, which really sets it apart from some of the other local tracks. Overall, I think its in pretty good shape too.

I paid an annual fee to be a "member" and play any time I want. Excellent deal if you play a lot.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poor value right now for the money"


MGP144's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

Greens and sand traps are great. The rest of the course in awful shape. Had to open the course for financial reasons. Maybe in a couple of years when the course grows in it will be better. There are no deals for this course. No senior discounts. No breaks at all. Plus on top of the steep greens fees they will be adding a $3 charge for the next few years to help pay for the renovation. Not worth the money at all


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"WIlmette Golf course has been ruined"


u00000646392's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course just opened after undergoing a $3 million renovation. The architect is Greg Martin. His conception of a golf course is, at best, unusual.<br/> 14 Greens were reconstructed to contemporary USGA specs. All the new greens are smaller than many of the old greens and the landing areas are very small. If you like hard fast greens then you'll like them. All of the greens are elevated with a large "lip" so it is impossible to run the ball unto the green. And it is almost impossible to hold an approach shot on any green unless you are a pro who can his a high shot with lots of spin (See Rory McIlroy).

On the back nine there is a drainage ditch (aka "bio swale") that meanders through the nine, that is basically an open sewer. Very unappealing.

One green #17 is ridiculous. the Golfer can not see much of the green from the fairway because is is so elevated It replaced a very playable green

Finally, the turf condition of the fairways and around the greens is very poor,; thin grass full of weeds

The greens fees are way too high for such a poor course. I would stay away. There are many other courses nearby that are much better layouts and in much better condition, therefore are much better values.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Not Bad Considering"


u105196093's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

I thought the course was in pretty good shape considering the amount of work they did and the weather we had this past winter. Many established courses were crushed and they were planting new grass etc. I am sure it will improve over time. The tees and greens were in great shape as the course just opened to play that day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Pricey and poor fairway conditions!"


pjmcd1234's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Greens were super. The new layout by Wadsworth golf management was well thought out. It appears as the park district ran out of money as the fairways were full of weeds and crabgrass. This course is much worse than last year. Surrounding courses in the area are much better condition with bent fairways. Green complexes for now are smooth. I would recommend playing elsewhere for about $10 less than you would spend here. The head golf pro is new and is rude to the point like you are lucky to be playing here.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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