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3.7
193 Reviews (193)
5 Stars
56
4 Stars
70
3 Stars
29
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
15
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.0
77.5%
Recommend this course
155 out of 193 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.6
32 Reviews (32)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.7
Value
4.5
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
84.4%
Recommend this course
27 out of 32 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.8
144 Reviews (144)
5 Stars
47
4 Stars
54
3 Stars
20
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
10
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.1
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
85.4%
Recommend this course
123 out of 144 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 60
Length 3612 yards
Slope 92
Rating 59.1

Also known as Evanston/Wilmette Comunity Golf Course. Previously known as Peter N. Jans Community Golf Course.

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Canal Shores (Evanston-Wilmette) Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1922
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.7
193 Reviews (193)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 7
This course/club is great for:
Walkers 9
Beginners 8
Junior Golfers 8
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 11

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Greens?

Hugely disappointing greens. Large bare patches I have not seen anywhere in 20 yrs. and not time of year as I played 2 other courses in last week. This staff can do better.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 11/12/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 11/16/2020

Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. We would the opportunity to bump those 3 stars to 5. Please come back soon and allow us to wow you on your next visit! Until then, take care!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/09/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

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Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Bad service from the pro shop

My buddy and I showed up for our tee time and the course was closed because of the weather. It was between 35-40 degrees out. We had no heads up via email or phone or anything. Pretty frustrating because we drove in from Chicago to play the course for the first time. The most annoying part though was calling the pro shop and being told "well you should have called ahead of time since the weather wasn't great". This is Chicago, I didn't realize 40 degrees was worth closing a course over. I've never heard of a course not giving a heads up that they will be closed because of weather.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/12/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 11/05/2020

Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. We would the opportunity to bump those 3 stars to 5. Please come back soon and allow us to wow you on your next visit! Until then, take care!

Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/05/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 11/05/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

This Gem Needs Polishing

Canal Shores nestles along the wooded banks of a channel through Wilmette and Evanston, Illinois. They bill themselves as a "gem" on Chicago's North Shore. Unfortunately, the course doesn't live up to the billing. The biggest drawback is a lack of maintenance. Many greens resemble the lunar surface. On the other hand, the staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. And the location is terrific. Hopefully, they can get things in better shape next year. Because while it's no gem today, it certainly could become one.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 10/13/2020

Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. We would the opportunity to bump those 3 stars to 5. Please come back soon and allow us to wow you on your next visit! Until then, take care!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/13/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Gem in Your Backyard

The only negative was that the tees and greens are showing lots of wear and tear from the summer drought and heavy traffic. Many greens were in rough shape with brown dead patches. Otherwise the course was well conditioned.

I golfed with someone who had not visited the course in a considerable time and he was impressed with the new hazards added to the Gem.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/13/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/13/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/13/2020

Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. We would the opportunity to bump those 3 stars to 5. Please come back soon and allow us to wow you on your next visit! Until then, take care!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun walking course

I give this course 3 stars because you can’t stick a 5 Star course in the middle of an open neighborhood. It’s a great course for walking 18 holes. The course itself can get a little dingy and the ground a little hard when it doesn’t rain for a while, but that doesn’t make me a worse golfer. All par 3’s and 4, narrow at times. Great for a casual round or working on your game. And the $6.99 Hot Deals are awesome.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/13/2020

Thank you so much for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. We would the opportunity to bump those 3 stars to 5. Please come back soon and allow us to wow you on your next visit! Until then, take care!

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 10/13/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours as we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

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Reviews 8
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Not the Nicest

Everything about the course was in rough shape. Probably better options out there if your looking for same price point and want to walk, especially with how short of a course this is.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 10/02/2020

Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience. Your satisfaction is a deep concern of ours we always aim to exceed expectations. Your review will allow us to follow up in areas you voiced concern. If possible, please as reach out to us directly so we discuss your review in more detail. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

The Right Direction

This course continues to improve every time I play it. For the first 20 years we lived in Evanston, I might play it once a year, with sadness accumulating over the round due to obvious gap between the lovely setting and potential of the course setting versus the reality of the conditions. With the change in the Board of Directors and management accompanying this most recent re-naming to Canal Shores, this is now a course that I invite my golf buddies, mostly former caddies, to play, and they enjoy it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/02/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/02/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

My new home away from home

The mission of Canal Shores 80 some acre facility to improve the ecological value of its land especially to assist in spring and fall migrations has won my heart. I'm a casual golfer but wouldn't want a better place to golf. I'm adopting it as my home away from home!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 10/02/2020

Thank you for leaving 4 stars! We love hearing from you and are glad you had a good experience. We would love the opportunity to bump those 4 stars to 5. We hope you will come back soon so we can wow you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Commented on 10/02/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Great Course for Price and Location

You cannot beat a round of 18 holes for $35 in this location (or $25 off season and peak hours). It's a public course so there will be some people walking through, but everyone is respectful and friendly to the game. Staff is friendly, and course is really scenic throughout along the north shore channel. Definitely beat up on some fairways, tee boxes, and greens, but great condition elsewhere and always playable and worth it.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/02/2020

Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon!

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