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3.4
298 Reviews (298)
5 Stars
81
4 Stars
92
3 Stars
48
2 Stars
40
1 Stars
37
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.8
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.0
70.3%
Recommend this course
218 out of 298 reviews
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2.9
72 Reviews (72)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
20
Conditions
2.3
Value
3.3
Layout
3.6
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.3
52.8%
Recommend this course
38 out of 72 reviews
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3.2
118 Reviews (118)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
28
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
22
Conditions
2.4
Value
3.7
Layout
3.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
64.4%
Recommend this course
76 out of 118 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

3.4
298 Reviews (298)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 7
This course/club is great for:
Beginners 9
Walkers 9
Junior Golfers 8
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 12

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Reviews 1
2.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 11/09/2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take customer feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 10/21/2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take customer feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind.

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
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First Time Playing

Avoid avoid avoid

Where do I start? Was it the random people jogging with their dogs, riding mountain bikes or just plain wandering around the course during play? Or should it be the fact that one hole had no green, while the very next hole had no tees, and then the NEXT hole had about 10 people burning a massive pile of yard waste in the middle of the fairway!? Or maybe it's the fact that this place charges you almost $60 per person for this nonsense. Worst golf experience in almost 10 years of golfing around the city. If this is your only option you are better off not golfing.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 10/11/2021

Thank you for the feedback. As the signage on #13 clearly indicates, we plan to rebuild the green. The burn you referenced was a group of ecology volunteers clearing and burning invasive brush (on the edge of the fairway) from the course to improve conditions.

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Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Not in good shape!

Fairways and greens in terrible shape. It has potential but improvements are desperately needed. We will not play again until that happens.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/04/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Canal Shores Golf Course, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/24/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Canal Shores Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/23/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Canal Shores Golf Course!

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Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens are awful. Beer is good.

Oh wow does this place need work for the price charged. Greens are chewed up mix of grass and dirt. Tee boxes are dried up. Plenty of fescue though. Wish it weren’t so.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/27/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Canal Shores Golf Course, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked
Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/21/2021

We appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at Canal Shores Golf Course. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/20/2021

We appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at Canal Shores Golf Course. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

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Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course was in terrible shape. Greens were not playable.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 09/20/2021

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. Your feedback helps us do better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly. Thank you for visiting Canal Shores Golf Course. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
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Commented on 09/20/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Canal Shores Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/20/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Canal Shores Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Memories

I began playing golf 66 years ago at Evanston Community Golf Course, now Canal Shores. Since then I’ve played many of the finest courses in the Country & UK. Served as chairman of the Western Golf Assoc. Lots of charm at CS but the conditions are disgraceful. If just the tees & greens were maintained it would make a huge difference.
FWM

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 09/14/2021

Thank you for your feedback and support of Canal Shores over the years. We are very sorry you experienced difficult conditions on the course, but this year has been particularly challenging due to the severe drought. We are aware of the impacted areas on the course, and are working to upgrade the irrigation system. Please call us in the Pro Shop as we would like to offer you a pass for a future round.

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Walked

Horrible place-Do Not WAste Your Money

In a word....this course sucks! It was like playing in a cow pasture. The greens were absolutely horrible; there were literally holes with no grass on just about every green, uneven and bumpy--really, really bad.

The fairways were uncut, overly dry, no attempt at all to make it look presentable. There were patches of high grass green side too that were out of place.

To make matters worse, there were no electric carts available forcing me to walk on a very warm and humid day.

I will NEVER play on this course again. Please close this course forever. It is an eyesore and doesn't deserve to be called a golf course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/14/2021

Thank you for the feedback. The course has been challenged this year by unprecedented drought conditions, and we are sorry your round did not meet expectations and that a cart was unavailable for your tee time. Please contact the Pro Shop so we can address your issue.

Played On
Reviews 12
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
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Commented on 09/03/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Canal Shores Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

3 - 4 Stars

The course itself is great with a nice layout. From time to time you have to wait for the neighbors to walk by which isn’t much of a bother as they are aware of the golfers as well. I think it would better if there were someone to actually fill up the water coolers on the course. We did stop at the stand by hole 9 for refreshments but they were sold out of everything by 11:30a. The course would be phenomenal if the greens were maintained far better than the state they are currently in right now.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/01/2021

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

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/30/2021

We appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at Canal Shores Golf Course. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/27/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Canal Shores Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Happy you guys took down American flag pins. Those are pretty hard to see. A dog stole my ball while I was teeing up on 12, but that’s not your guys fault. Enjoyed my round as always!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/27/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Canal Shores Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
1.0
First Time Playing

Your money is better spent elsewhere.

With the rate for a round being what it is, you know you're not going to be playing Pebble Beach or TPC Sawgrass quality golf. Even then I still managed to be disappointed. I had hoped that the recent bad reviews were the result of players with overinflated expectations or those with exacting demands but that was most certainly not the case. As others have mentioned, the 13th green can't even be called a green in even the most charitable way. On pretty much all the holes, there isn't much in the way of a fairway, it's all just rough. The tee boxes are also pretty poorly maintained, if at all. Another thing that I noticed very quickly was that there was a trashcan at only some of the holes. Fairly minor, but it would have been a nice touch to have one at every tee box. The offerings at the halfway house weren't bad but there wasn't much variety. Overall, pretty disappointing round...not sure I'll be returning any time soon.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/23/2021

Thank you for the feedback on your round. With the ongoing drought, maintaining course conditions has been challenging. Regarding the 13th green specifically, we will soon be implementing a temporary green in order to attempt to regrow the green. Thank you for alerting us about the trashcans situation. Please call us at the Pro Shop as we would like to offer you a round for future play.

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