Shepherd's Crook Golf Course

4.4701470588 4.5 stars from 5 (131)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6827 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.1
  • Layout

  • 351 N 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), Wadsworth Golf Construction (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
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Silver 71 6827 yards 72.1 130
Black 71 6272 yards 69.5 124
Gold (W) 71 6002 yards 73.4 130
Gold 71 6002 yards 67.9 120
Green (W) 71 4901 yards 67.7 118

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 131 Reviews
5 stars:
67
4 stars:
54
3 stars:
9
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

128 out of 131 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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Netsroc's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

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 07/17/2018:

Thank you for the 4-Star review! We appreciate you coming out and hope to see you again soon.

"Great experience"


MatthewT5913745's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
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Reviewed on

I have played this course many of times but today it was in great condition and at a very reasonabke price. Cant wait to go back. Loved the greens!


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 07/17/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions, especially after the weather we have received. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

"Great Valur - Great Test"


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Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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I live 56 miles away but make sure I play here 4-5 times a year

Reason - great layout , pace of play is always good ( generally play between 8:30-9:30). Played in 3:10 today , 3 some

Tee boxes , fairways and greens in great condition.

Greens were average speed but rolled true

$35 on Golfnow

Many that live in the south or west suburbs don’t know about Sheppard’s Crook Make time to try it


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 07/11/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding the value of our course. Thank you for taking the time to make the long drive to come see us!


TED2962109's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2018
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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


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 07/11/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review!


Molitor11's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 07/11/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review! Please come back and see us again soon.

"Excellent course for the money"


u836423970's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although new to the area, this is hands down one of the best courses I have played since being here. Very challenging with the 2-3 tier greens and course lay-out. I would HIGHLY recommend this course to others to try.


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 07/11/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your challenging round today. The 2 and 3 tier greens can be difficult but we are glad you were able to conquer them today. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

"Cant wait to play again"


tslade's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

For years I have been told how great this course was. Links style courses are usually not my favorite. I was happy to see that this course is much more. We played the last day of June with temps 95+.I broke a sweat just loading my clubs in the cart. Had a nice breakfast sandwich, the attendant was very nice. The course starts out somewhat lame. Three straight par fours in the middle of the fields, back and forth. The fourth hole is a brutal 200+ Par 3 which is a test. The 5th hole is where I started to really like this course. There were rolling hills and trees!. Most of the holes are flat surrounding a hill that has 4 -5 holes integrated in it. The real challenge are the finishing Par 5 holes, 9 and 18. Both very similar and offer everything that makes for great finishing holes. They are manly long (575 yards) winding down the fairway working up to elevated greens with stepped traps and brutal rough. The greens were all very unique and challenging. Well worth the trip to Zion.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

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 Golf Course on 07/18/2018:

Hi tslade, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a kind review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your round with us and hope to see you again for another round soon. Thanks for playing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!

"Very enjoyable layout"


u000005730376's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed playing this course, it was cart path only the day we played. The day prior the starter informed us they had received 3” of rain so as you can imagine it was quite soggy. I will definitely play it again, really enjoyed the layout and some very challenging greens.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 07/03/2018:

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions, especially after the weather we have received. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

"Tough but fair"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Shepherd's is one of my favorite courses, not only for me, but some of my friends who live in Lake County. It's difficult, but fair. This past Sunday when I played it was very breezy which added to the challenge. I am and average to good golfer but depending on where they place the pins, a 79 can become a quick 89!

I'll play it a few more times this year, but when it is less windy!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 07/03/2018:

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

"Always enjoy this track"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
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Reviewed on

The staff is friendly and helpful, the layout is fun, and if the wind is up it can be challenging ... especially from the tips. A bit of a drive to get there, but a nice track that will keep you coming back for more.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

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 06/15/2018:

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions and our excellent staff. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

"Fun course, tough greens"


frayers21's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
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Reviewed on

Great value for $27. Fun links style course with greens that are quite undulating.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 06/11/2018:

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding the value of our course. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

"A must play"


jforsy5903's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
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Reviewed on

Treat yourself to a true test of golf where the wind can recreate the situational golf as if you were in Scotland!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

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 06/07/2018:

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

"Great Value"


toddfrank123's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
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Reviewed on

This course is one of the best values in Chicagoland. The course has a wide variety of holes and is a good test.


Pace of Play: Good

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 06/07/2018:

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



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

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 06/07/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review! We appreciate you coming out to see us at Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 06/07/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review! Please come back and see us again soon.

"Worth the drive"


u2026571's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
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Reviewed on

This is an outstanding course near the Illinois/Wisconsin border. An easy hour dive from Milwaukee, this course is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. Wind and undulating greens make this a good, fair test with plenty of space to stretch out the driver. A really nice variety of holes!


Pace of Play: Good

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 05/31/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding the value of our course. Thank you for taking the time to make the long drive to come see us!

"The course has great features"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has great features but not having a range or second chipping area can result in over crowding. Timing when a group leaves the tee box could be done better but all in all this is a great course.


Pace of Play: Average

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 05/29/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding the value of our course. We will take a closer look at any pace of play issues, thanks for pointing this out!


u680641634's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 05/29/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review! Please come back and see us again soon.

"Great layout, great value"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I play a lot of golf and love the set up of this course. Fairways and greens always in good shape. Great value!


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


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 05/16/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding the set up of Shepherd's Crook. Thank you for coming out and we hope to see you again this weekend!


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook on 05/31/2018:

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. Thank you for coming out and we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.


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