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4.4
354 Reviews (354)
5 Stars
179
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
10
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
92.3%
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332 out of 354 reviews
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4.7
35 Reviews (35)
5 Stars
26
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
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35 out of 35 reviews
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4.5
53 Reviews (53)
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
92.5%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 71
Length 7178 yards
Slope 138
Rating 75.0

Gateway National Golf Club is the top public golf course in St. Louis. The course sprawls across gently rolling pasturelands crossed with ribbons of tall native grasses and sprinkled with mature cottonwood trees. There are also several sparkling lakes that dot the course, providing challenges on several holes. Although it's nowhere near the ocean, the golf course has a classic links layout with wood-tie bunkers and subtle but tricky mounding that is in the tradition of great British Isles courses such as Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. The Gateway National layout even incorporates Scottish-style burns. The fairways are generous but they are lined with rough that will readily swallow errant shots. It is a long golf course at 7,178 yards and it even boasts one of Illinois' longest par 4s, the 482-yard fifth hole.

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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Keith Foster (1998) Kevin Hargrave (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.4
354 Reviews (354)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Watching the Game 8
Brunch 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 24
Bunkers 23
Thick Rough 22
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 28
Locals 24
A Weekend Splurge 22
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 33
Worth the Drive 19
Near Local Attractions 10

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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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4.0
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First Time Playing

Challenging Course

Course was in great condition. It is a super challenging course with difficult hazards on a number of holes. Will definitely play again. Nice driving range.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 21
Handicap 10-14
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A couple tight holes

I loved it. Got paired up with 2 percent guys. We played fast and had a great time

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 133
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the Best in St. Louis

Gateway National is one of the top upscale courses in the St. Louis metro area. Only public course in the area with bent grass fairways & tees.

GOOD...
Fairways are always in good shape.
The sand in the bunkers was excellent.
The greens are in good shape.
A brand new snack barn at the 10th tee. Looks nice. Painted red and sponsered by Budweiser.
Had water and on the course and we saw the beverage cart numerous times during our round.
They have expanded their menu selections in the clubhouse. They have brought back the Gateway Chicken. One of my favorites.
The Friday morning senior rate was $55. Great value for the quality of course you are getting. When I got my tee time online, it said it was going to be $59.99, so a nice surprise when the final price was $55.

GENERAL COMMENTS...
When I last played here in April, the greens were spectacular. Now the greens are still very good but are a little rougher from the numerous repaired ball marks and they are slower.

The rough around the tee boxes on hole 6 were turning brown and stressed, More of a visual eye sore than anything. Around the green, some of the rough was stressing too.

Pace of play was outstanding until the 6th hole. We did see a ranger on the back nine trying to improve the situation. Good to see this because pace of play has been a problem at this course.

There has been rumors that with the course being purchased by the race track and probably NASCAR coming next year, the race track may want to expand. The individuals at the golf course my friend talked to said the course is staying. Great news!

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT...
Several of the tees need some attention. The 4th tee is mounded and in rough shape and several tees had crabgrass on them. Holes 9, 14 & 17.

Hole 13 has several small trees in front of the tee, blocking the view of the hole.

Overall, an outstanding course and a great senior rate on a Friday.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good round

Pace of play was excellent for a public course on a Saturday. Greens a bit beat up with ball marks, but that isn’t on the course. They even had a sign in the bathroom to fix your ball marks. Unfortunately players need to own that. Otherwise great

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Gateway National

5 stars. Awesome course in excellent condition. Pretty forgiving for those of us that spray it around off the tee a little. :)

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good choice but a little pricey

In better condition than other Walters-managed courses. Greens were true, bunkers pretty well maintained, fairways all excellent, just a couple is spotty tee boxes.
A very fair and playable course providing you play from appropriate tees.
Only complaint is that regular rates are higher than most competitors’. They claim to use dynamic pricing, but at midday the course is often mostly empty - perhaps because people are choosing less expensive options.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

No staff present/awful bunkers

Clubhouse was locked so really we could have just showed up and played for free and the bunkers were atrocious. You want to charge premium rates you really need to have premium grounds.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Course, Subpar Value

Course is in great condition. Fairways are like carpet, tee box’s are chewed up but playable, and the greens are awesome. Pretty fun and you always have a ton of different shot options as long as you can stay in play. This course is great but I’ve seen the rate up around $80, $90, and even over $100. I would never even consider paying more than $40 to play here. Even at $40 the value can be easily beat at numerous courses within an hour of here. If you’re all about amenities and views of the arch have at it but if you’re concerned with playing good golf on a nice course save your money and play pretty much anywhere else. Acorns, Annbriar, Spencer T, Far Oaks, Stonewolf, and Belk just to name a few are equally as nice (possibly even nicer) and MUCH cheaper.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging but good course

Great staff! A little slow but they tell you 41/2 when you start. Course is nice layou but you need to hit it straight or get penalized by heavy rough. Greens are very nice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Felt like it played long. Needed to use most every club in the bag. Really enjoyed the challenge and the slick greens. Bent Grass Fairways were awesome..

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 42
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Gateway in July

Course is always in great condition considering how much play it has been getting in the last year! Greens are firm and fast . Bent grass fairways are so much nicer then every other Bermuda grass fairway in town. For sure worth playing if you’re in St. Louis. Highly recommend!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

A Good Walk Unspoiled

Let's face it, we love golf courses that we play well on. I played pretty well today so it was fun. Looked like many tee times were taken early this morning, so I was surprised to be sent out as a single. Greens were fast and true. Fairways were tightly cut. Thankfully I wasn't in the rough more than a few times...it eats balls! Without any wind, the course played at it's easiest. It's neighbor is a speedway. Fortunately, racing happened later in the day.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Quality

I have played this course a few times now, but had my cousin in from Dallas, Tx who lives on a course and he couldn’t get over the quality of the course.

He claims he’s never been on a green as nice as these and already is scheduling his next trip back to get another round in.

This course offers a challenge to all level golfers and the view of the Arch is an additional bonus.

We enjoyed playing with a buddy and local golf coach to make up 4 and enjoyed 18 holes on this quality layout.

Keep em straight!

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