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4.5
174 Reviews (174)
5 Stars
97
4 Stars
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3 Stars
10
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
94.1%
Recommend this course
167 out of 174 reviews
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4.6
32 Reviews (32)
5 Stars
22
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.8
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
93.8%
Recommend this course
30 out of 32 reviews
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4.5
40 Reviews (40)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
90.0%
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36 out of 40 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6827 yards
Slope 130
Rating 72.1
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Shepherd's Crook Golf Course
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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
Scorecard for Shepherds Crook
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Silver M: 72.1/130 350 378 346 245 427 415 344 166 576 3247 426 201 380 409 654 419 151 370 570 3580 6827
Black M: 69.5/124 331 361 317 220 400 367 323 150 555 3024 398 162 350 379 572 370 131 338 548 3248 6272
Gold M: 68.1/120 W: 73.1/130 326 353 309 187 375 333 316 144 526 2869 389 139 344 373 561 363 107 328 529 3133 6002
Green W: 67.4/118 268 296 250 150 338 247 261 116 450 2376 297 127 278 296 461 286 72 250 458 2525 4901
Handicap 17 11 15 3 1 7 13 9 5 6 8 12 14 2 4 18 16 10
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 35 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 11 1 15 5 7 17 9 13 3 8 14 10 6 2 12 18 16 4

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Keith Foster (1999) Kevin Hargrave (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Golf Simulator Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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Reviews

4.5
174 Reviews (174)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 30
Bunkers 16
Thick Rough 14
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 24
Locals 17
Walkers 11
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 25
In the 'Burbs 14

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Conditions Excellent
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Great course!

Loved it the first time so we came back for another round. Nice links style course in excellent condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented On 08/13/2019

dwilkerson99, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course.

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Commented On 08/06/2019

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences! Please tell us more about what you enjoyed from your round with us at Shepherd's Crook. Thanks for choosing us!

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Conditions Excellent
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Commented On 08/05/2019

Thank you for visiting us at Shepherd's Crook Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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4.0
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Perfect weather
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Nice course in good shape.

Enjoyed playing the course. It was in good shape and a decent value for the money. I would play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 07/30/2019

Thank you for visiting us at Shepherd's Crook Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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5.0
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Previously Played

Solid test. Great value

55 miles from the house but try to play here 3-4 times a year
Great test from back tees
Greens rolled true although a little slower than normal
If you are planning being in southeast Wisconsin or north east Illinois give it a try

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 07/24/2019

Hi Sam5773357. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
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5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

By Hook or By Crook!

This course is tough for a high handicapper, and it was really challenging for a mid-handicapper as well. If you go right or left...forget about it. I will say that we played 3 or 4 hours after a torrential downpour, and the sand traps were like concrete. I used to do greenskeeping on a muni back in Cincinnati (during my youth), and we would have groomed the traps after the rain...it also helps them to dry.

Don't miss left or right on this course as the deep rough is unforgiving...basically, lost ball. Loved the variety of holes. Also...a 220 yard Par 3 from the Men's long tees (not Championship)...crazy!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented On 07/23/2019

Hello, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We're happy to hear you rated your round 5-stars and hope to see you again for another round soon. Thanks for playing Shepherd's Crook GC!

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Conditions Good
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Pace Excellent
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Commented On 07/23/2019

Hello, Craig2856865. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon at Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!

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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 07/23/2019

Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon at Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!

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5.0
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Best in Lake County

Shepherds Crook is by far the best bang for your buck in Lake County. Consistency around the greens and good pace of play. I highly recommend playing the Crook if you’re in between course decisions.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 07/18/2019

Hello, ccheek1. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon.

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2.0
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Slow play

We started at 312pm and we left after 9 hole. It was a 3 hour 9 holes. No ranger.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented On 07/15/2019

Hi, greg1842816. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Shepherd's Crook Golf Course. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

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4.0
Previously Played

Worth the Drive

I live in Chicago, but my friend and I feel that the 60-90 minute drive is well worth this hidden gem, which provides challenging holes at a very affordable price. We’ve moved around the course in approximately four hours each time we played with our morning tee time. Be sure to start the day with one of their freshly cooked breakfast sandwiches or the ribeye sandwich at the turn. . It would be great if the course had a driving range, but you could always drive about one mile north to Big Run to hit some balls. Wide open fairways allow even the slightly higher handicap golfer to score. Tall fescue off the fairways will come into play if you spray the ball, which can get lost. This is a great economical Lake County/Chicagoland area course. Can’t wait to go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 07/02/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us LetTheBigDogsFly. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Shepherd's Crook Golf Course thanks you!

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented On 06/25/2019

Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon.

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5.0
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What a great time

Wow, we loved this course a whole lot. It's not the hardest course, but it sure is challenging for a high handicapper like myself. Everything from the fairways to the greens were amazing. We'll definitely be going back soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 06/20/2019

Hello, Treydor. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon.

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5.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 06/18/2019

Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon.

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4.0
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First Time Playing

Solid conditions and solid value

First off I would like to say I was very impressed with the conditions. So pure and pristine. Played on June 13th 2019 on a very rainy day. Course drained well and flew through my round under 3 hours.

Value was just perfect. 39 bucks with cart in June on a weekday was a breath of fresh air.

Staff was nice and pleasant so no complaints.

2 simple issues I had. 1 the location which obviously is different from everybody. From Downers Grove it takes around 1 hr and 15 minutes of travel time. That is with medium traffic, God forbid there was traffic.

2nd, I felt there were too many similar holes. Not that many memorable holes. So in my opinion if you live in the northern suburbs or happen to be in the area I highly suggest to play this course. For me it’s tough since the travel is just too far for an above average course. If I’m driving that far I wanna play Thunderhawk.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 06/20/2019

Thank you for your review, mcarlson0522. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Shepherd's Crook Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Hospitality above and beyond

Probably the best golf course hospitality I have ever encountered. We were treated as well or better, than a high end resort. Even though it is over an hour drive, this course will now be one of my, must play more often venues..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 05/31/2019

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, gfyock12! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice

Nice,playable course, in good condition. Rainy but still playing true.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 05/13/2019

Hi michaelstack. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

One of the best public courses in Illinois

Visiting the Chicago area from Michigan this course was recommended by a friend who lives in the northern suburbs and it did not disappoint. Despite the wind blowing 20-25mph all afternoon on this mostly open links layout the course was very fair and even allowed for some scoring opportunities. The course was in excellent condition with the greens rolling true with moderate speed and great conditioning throughout the course. Having played a few other Keith Foster designs I was not disappointed by Shepherds Crook and would tell anyone in the Chicago area to visit if your looking for a great deal.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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