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3.6
182 Reviews (182)
5 Stars
52
4 Stars
64
3 Stars
28
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
15
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.9
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.1
76.8%
Recommend this course
144 out of 182 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.4
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
4
Conditions
2.6
Value
4.2
Layout
3.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
78.4%
Recommend this course
29 out of 37 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.8
133 Reviews (133)
5 Stars
43
4 Stars
48
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
10
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.1
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
84.2%
Recommend this course
112 out of 133 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

3.6
182 Reviews (182)

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 Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

Fun course despite brutal greens

Canal Shores has a ton of potential despite the worst greens ever. Mind you I was playing golf in December on a beautiful 50 degree day so life is good. I tried fixing a divot on a green and a chunk of the green fell out. It looked diseased in places and just plain not taken care of. Despite horrific greens it is a tight and challenging golf course. Love that they will be having 5 and 10 hole loops to go along with the traditional 18 holes. Fix the greens and this would be a lovely “go to” quick round of golf!

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 12/10/2020

Hello, ncaa118. Thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff. Thanks for visiting Canal Shores Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 12/14/2020

u314160448466, we want to hear more about your experience with us! Please call us at (847) 475-9173. We look forward to seeing you again soon at Canal Shores Golf Course!

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day at Canal Shore

Great day at Canal Shotes. Fun neighborhood course.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 12/08/2020

Hi, u314161008536. 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 Canal Shores Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 12/08/2020

Hello, u946702736. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future. Thanks for choosing Canal Shores Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Day!

Very fun course and with a couple newer golfers it was perfect!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 12/08/2020

Thank you for your review, kevin8210511. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Canal Shores Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 12/08/2020

Hi, nkaylo. We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us at (847) 475-9173 to share with us your favorite part of your experience with us. Thanks for golfing at Canal Shores Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/16/2020

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 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
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
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Fun , sporty

they need to grow grass everywhere, and watering would help a lot. There are greens that are half dirt, tee areas also are mostly dirt. This could be a great course if they put some effort into it

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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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 Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
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.

Played On
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!

Played On
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.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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 1
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!

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