Winnetka Golf Club
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|Red (W)||71||5569 yards||73.7||131|
|Black M: 72.6/130||346||525||167||418||363||411||177||373||410||3190||526||386||307||196||345||501||402||223||441||3327||6517|
|Blue M: 71.5/127||337||517||147||404||353||395||164||361||403||3081||515||378||297||171||329||484||383||207||433||3197||6278|
|White M: 70.1/124||328||502||134||382||343||374||140||315||393||2911||504||370||284||151||317||468||369||172||415||3050||5961|
|Red W: 73.7/131||312||491||116||328||333||365||120||308||360||2733||491||362||272||125||305||427||316||141||397||2836||5569|
Winnetka Golf Club - A Solid Langford Walk Spoiled
The Good: William B. Langsford design (original nine, C.D. Wagstaff completed the final 9 holes) in the north shore suburbs has retained some of its 1917 charm, with a good variety of doglegs, unique green complexes, and a fantastic little Par 3 course that is great for beginners and seniors. Greens are fun and putt pretty smoothly, even if a little slow. Course includes a modest clubhouse, but an excellent practice facility that includes a huge training center and multiple short game areas. Great finishing hole!
The Bad: Fairways are not in great shape and are really bumpy. On-course amenities are really lacking: very poor signage, limited yardage markers, and no GPS. Some of the holes tend to blend in together and look / feel like you're playing the some shot over and over. There was no on-course service when we played on a weekend afternoon. Overpriced by about $15 for the area.
The Verdict: I'm sure that Winnetka was a very fine course in its day, but there are dozens of public courses in the area that I'd play for the $$ before this squandered Langford track.
Best Hole: The closing 18th was quite the pleasant surprise even though its very difficult. A long, straight away Par 4 with a downhill tee sheet and approach to a double-tiered green.
This isn’t a bad course from a layout standpoint but the course conditions, esp. the fairways, are deplorable. They are very bumpy and uneven. I recognize they have had problems with the drainage, but something should be done -and soon- to rescue this course. Otherwise, the numbers of rounds there will continue to decline.
Great layout challenges all golfers. Great condition.
Winnetka Golf Club
The staff is really nice and friendly, the club is really nice! The golf carts were very slow, honestly should have walked (walked to my ball on most holes to save time)! The early groups were paired very tightly together, felt pressured to shoot whenever I saw our trailing group. The rough is really rough were it seem like you spent more time walking the rough than anything else. You leave the fear way by more than 12 inches, you might as well get the next ball out to drop. Overall, well kept fairways, greens, buildings and staff (stay out of the rough and you are golden)!!!
Winnetka Golf club
The ground is very lumpy if you’re riding in a cart.
Lots of kids
The course was in good shape. The pace of play was a bit slow. There are lots of kids on the course but they seem to know what they were doing. There are great draft beers.
Not a Great Value
I think this course is just like so many of the Northshore public courses, a high cost for what you get.
The back 9 can play VERY WET if there has been rain within the last week.
But the real issue is that I can drive an additional 15 to 20 minutes and play a superior course for less money. If the price was lower, I might consider going back.
Very enjoyable to play. The only reason I give course conditions as average is all the rain we have had.
What happened to Winnetka
This course used to be a good muni course. I’ve been playing here at least once a year for 40 years and it’s now gone way downhill due to maintenance. I may have played my last round here.
Course is in rough shape
This course could be great, but needs a lot *lot* of TLC. Unless they're hosting the US Open, the rough anywhere near that high. It was so bad, my playing partner and I lost 8 balls or more that should have been totally findable. You couldn't see the ball unless you were right on top of it. I can't even imagine how poorly this impacts pace of play on weekends.
I like it, but I won't be back until the course is in much better shape.
everything you want in a muni
beautiful course, nice layout, lots of water and traps, mature trees. Great par 3 and practice area. Incredible value for money.
Not living up to its potential :-(
I have played Winnetka Golf Club for the last fifteen (15) years, though my rounds there have steadily decreased to a current maximum of once a year with friends who live nearby. The layout is good, and the drainage did improve - 2017 was tough for all courses in the area. The number one reason my wife, friends and I pick other local courses is the attitude by staff and players alike. The rangers are rude - particularly to women - and most of the Pro Shop won't crack a smile and seem indifferent to new guests. Some of the tenured locals take themselves way too seriously, and pretend Winnetlka is their 'private club' ... one laughs at the pretentiousness. There has been a slight upgrade to the bar | food facilities, but they are frequently closed | offer limited choices. The sad thing is that staff attitudes and food | drink options are easy to fix, and we do enjoy playing the course. Go to Glencoe for better layout | conditions, go to Wilmette for excellent service | cocktails | greens. Each year I walk off Winnetka trying to come up with a reason to come back, and ruefully shaking my head at what they could be.
I would flip nines. 10th hole nice par5. 1st hole short par 4 with tight overbunkered green. 9 would be just as good finishing hole as 18. Also get on Teeoff.com.
Beautiful course and friendly staff
I’ve played in a women’s league at this course for the past few years and enjoyed the course very much. It’s in good shape and a good value. The best part about it though are the folks that work here. All are very nice and they make you feel like you are a member, even when you are not.
Overpriced unless using a hot deal
not going to pay $60+ with cart to play Winnetka. I Grew up two blocks from this course and I wouldn't pay more than $35 with cart to play these days. Just much better options in the area(glencoe/sportsmans). The course is standard, no beverage cart, and kept only decent. Pace of play is great because there is nobody on the course mostly due to price. The clubhouse dining/bar area has been redone and now offers some very good options from a local restaurant called Avli as well as a handful of beers on tap. Greens fees should be 30-40 with a cart to play here and anything above that is just an egregious mark up for being in Winnetka I suppose.
This course is way better than sportsmans. Similar in price and layout to Glencoe
Good place to pay a casual round
I like older courses like this one. They have the raised greens which adds some challenge I would definitely play here again the location is convenient to the City and the Northern Suburbs.
Excellent suburban public course.
It is hard to believe that nestled amongst The best country clubs on Chicago’s North Shore that the local Park would provides public course of almost equal stature, but that is what Winnetka has done. Two courses that are fun to play, a 9-hole Par-3 and a regulation 18 that are very well maintained and provide a bit of a challenge. The clubhouse is nice with a full pro shop, locker rooms, and good golfing food. There is an excellent driving range, putting green, and chipping green shaded by great trees with pastoral views.