Shepherd's Crook Golf Course

4.3576352941 4.4 stars from 5 (108)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6771 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.1
  • Layout

  • 351 Green Bay Rd, Zion, Illinois 60099, Lake County
  • (847) 872-2080
  • (847) 872-2467
  • www.shepherdscrook.org
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Year built: 1999
Architect(s): Keith Foster (1999)
Type: Public
Style: Links
Golf Season: Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Putting green: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6771 yards 72.1 130
White 71 6218 yards 69.7 124
Yellow 71 5965 yards 68.1 120
Yellow (W) 71 5865 yards 73.1 130
Red (W) 71 4832 yards 67.4 118

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 108 Reviews
5 stars:
50
4 stars:
49
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

105 out of 108 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers locals walkers   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers thick rough   Great for drinks  

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

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 04/16/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your round today. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

"Great price ffor time of year"


u000004465658's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value for the first round of the year. Grass and greens not really greened up yet, but was good to swing the clubs. Overall considering that it was still March course was in decent shape will only get better once it starts warming up.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 04/11/2018:

Thank you for your honest 3-Star review, we appreciate the feedback and your patience as the course is transitioning into the Summer months.Thanks for coming out and we hope that you will give us another try in the near future. <br/>


u645603953's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 12/01/2017:

Thank you for your 4-Star review. Please come back and see us again soon.


Sweetgig's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 12/01/2017:

Thank you for your 4-Star review. Please come back and see us again soon.

"Maybe better in summer"


u3694880's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Like the links style layout, only bad part was poor drainage, it did rain couple days prior so Mabey should allow four or five days to dry out , staff is very good


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 11/09/2017:

Thank you for the review. We apologize if the course wasn't drained fully when you played. We have received a large amount of rain these past few weeks so we appreciate your patience. Thank you for coming out and we hope to see you again a few more times before the golfing season is over.


u2481997's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 10/24/2017:

Thank you for the 4-Star review. We appreciate you coming out to see us and we hope to see you again in the near future.


vince7564844's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

NIce course... great price. Always looking to play this course when I book tee times


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 10/04/2017:

Thank you for booking your tee time with us! We appreciate the great feedback and hope that you will book your next round with us again this weekend.


genobenvenuto's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 10/04/2017:

Thank you for the great review, we appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again in the near future.

"One of the best available to you and me!"


Esoxmagnum55's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I wish there were negative things to say about Shepherd's Crook, because it is an amazing place that I don't want too many people to find out about. But that would be selfish of me. The reality is...Shepherd's is an outstanding golf layout, always in impeccable condition, the staff is friendly and helpful and the food is very good.

GolfNow makes it easy to find the tee time that suits your schedule and there are always select Hot Deals available throughout the day. At SC I usually pay $60 for 18 holes of amazing golf on a weekend morning with a cart.

The course is a fabulous layout. The greens have always played very firm and fast and until you get comfortable with the speed, you will definitely have a few three putts. The first 3 holes allow you to warm-up, with generous fairways and larger greens. Hole #4 is where this course starts to challenge players of any skill level. The par 5s (3 of them) are each true 3-shotters but are wide off the tee all the way to the green. There is a nice distance and design variety to the par 3s and 4s.

The upshot is that Shepherd's Crook is a great public golf course, whose condition will not disappoint you while the golf challenges every aspect of your game. You should give it a try.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 09/27/2017:

Thank you for the great review! Shepherd's Crook is truly a hidden gem and we are so glad that you discovered us. Thank you so much for the awesome feedback and we hope to see you again this weekend!

"Good course"


jim5994030's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Shepards Crook is a good layout, several greens are not receptive to holding shots. Weekend rate is too expensive, especially for seniors.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 09/22/2017:

Thank you for your honest review, we appreciate the feedback and we will take a closer look into our Senior Rates. Thank you for coming out and we hope to see you again in the near future.

"Best Value in Lake County"


td5780's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I play Shepherd's Crook regularly as my "home course." This is a links style course that you never tire of playing. Conditions are always good and the staff is friendly. The four sets of tees offer degrees of difficulty suitable to all handicaps. The tips offer significant challenge for even the low handicappers and when combined with wind and selected pin positions, they present a test for the best golfers.

There is a Player's Club program that includes CDGA handicap, discounts on green fees, rewards points, exclusive events and a handicap bracketed match play championship with season ending scramble and banquet.

This course is the best value in Lake County. Lack of a driving range is the only negative.

If you are serious about your golf, don't overlook this one.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 09/22/2017:

Thank you for the great review. We love having you as one of our regulars at the course. Don't forget to like us on Facebook for monthly golf specials. We appreciate you coming out and we hope to see you again this weekend.

"Best Value on the North Shore of Chicago"


u9747171's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Shepherd's Crook is a beautiful course with challenging features. It's sculpted out of the natural geology with many elevation changes and a great combination of trees and links conditions. There are no homes on the course, so you feel like you're playing in a peaceful wilderness. Every hole is very different with some interesting challenge. Pace of play is excellent and the restaurant offers great food and great deals. It's unbelievable that the greens fees are normally $40. As a senior, I paid $29 last Friday. It's located in Zion, IL which is pretty far North from Chicago, but I've heard many people say (including me) that this course is the best value all around on the North Shore. It will challenge you, but you can also go low (which for me is shooting 90!). Have fun and play well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 09/22/2017:

Thank you for the great review. We are glad you took advantage of our great Senior specials we currently have and weren't displeased. Thanks so much for coming out and we hope to see you again this weekend!

"nice day of golf"


u000002892126's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a nice round of golf with my Grandson before he returned to college. Conditions were very good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 09/20/2017:

Thank you so much for coming out with your grandson. It sounds like you had a wonderful time at Shepherd's Crook. Please come back and see us again soon.

"Hidden gem?"


u077974818's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I am reluctant to give this course such high praise in as much as I LOVE the price/value.

Maybe the more that people find out about this course, the more will play there and the price and pace of play will go up.

Wonderful Links course with great conditions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 09/22/2017:

Thank you for the review. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review and we are so glad that you had such a wonderful time. Please come back and see us again soon.


u890659405's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 09/12/2017:

Thank you for the 4-star review, we appreciate the rating and hope you will book your next round with us again soon.


u000004895284's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

I think Shepherd's Crook is a gem of a course. Love the feel of the course and the privacy. Its pretty wide open and requires shot making skills. There's a premium on accuracy. Its a real value!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 09/22/2017:

Thank you for the great review. We appreciate the great compliments regarding Shepherd's Crook! Thank you so much for coming out and we hope to see you again in the near future.


u309870242's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 09/07/2017:

Thank you for the honest review, we appreciate the 4-star review and hope to see you again in the near future.

"Great Course"


mjmacisaac's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Shepherds Crook is a fine course; very fun & reasonably challeging. Nice layout & fun greens.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 09/22/2017:

Thank you for the great review, please come back and see us again soon.

"Great course"


Jon6069860's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Shot my best ever front 9 here yesterday! I love this mostly link style course. It is always in great shape and even though we had to wait on some shots we still finished in just over 4 hours. The greens are tough but fun, there are some long holes but overall a great place. They don't have a driving range so warm up before you get there. As for food and drinks I haven't spent anytime after my round so I can't speak to that. All of the employees are always friendly. Go out and enjoy your round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 08/22/2017:

Thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate you coming out and giving us a try, and congratulations on your low round! Please come back and conquer the back nine on your next visit!


irafishman's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 08/22/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review!


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