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4.3
385 Reviews (385)
5 Stars
142
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
8
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
92.0%
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359 out of 385 reviews
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4.0
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.2
86.7%
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39 out of 45 reviews
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4.2
118 Reviews (118)
5 Stars
50
4 Stars
55
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
89.8%
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106 out of 118 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6666 yards
Slope 121
Rating 71.1

There are two championship golf courses available at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago as well as a top-ranked practice center. The Joe Jemsek Course, formerly known as the Lakewood, was added in 1929, three years after the club opened. Unlike the original St. Andrews Course, the Joe Jemsek Course has a hillier terrain. Although it is shorter than the other golf course at 6,770 yards, the elevation changes make it seem similar in length to the 6,920-yard St. Andrews Course. The course features tree-lined fairways and strategically placed bunkers, offering plenty of challenges but overall it is not an overly intimidating layout for beginners. There are several long and demanding par 3s throughout. The best example being the tricky second hole, which has a green that is guarded by two deep bunkers and towering trees.

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Course Details

Year Built 1929
Fairways Bent
Greens Bent
Golf Season Year round
Architect Edward B. Dearie

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.3
385 Reviews (385)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 26
Brunch 12
Watching the Game 11
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 31
Undulating Greens 19
Water Hazards 15
This course/club is great for:
Locals 26
Playing Multiple Courses 20
Seniors 17
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 36
Worth the Drive 20
Convenient to the City 7

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Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/17/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, Robert6008523! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course!

Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/17/2021

Hi, u000001753551. 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 St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

this course needs a total cleanup

it's 85 degrees outdide all the water fountains are shut off due to covid and there is nobody going around with water finall on the 16th hole I got water for my wife and I for $6.00

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/11/2021

Thank you for your comments. You mentioned the course needing a total cleanup but only talked about water. Please let us know what needs to be cleaned. As for water, you may purchase water at the bar, at the Tee-Side Grill out front, and at the Half-Way-House on the course. Now that guidelines have been relaxed, our water fountains will be turned on next week. We also have many staff members available to answer any questions previous to teeing off.

Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great time

Really enjoyed today’s round. Pace was comfortable and staff was extremely friendly. Will definitely play here again!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/17/2021

Hi, D480429. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/07/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, Kara32! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course!

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

Great course layout. Hot day and fun day!

Played on a 90 degrees day and walked. Course overall was in great condition. Greens were a little dry and slow actually. The course is just beautiful this time of year. Fairways are wide. Played on Saturday mid-day. 2 hour front 9 and 2.5 hour back 9 due to one slower group ahead. Really fun foursome though.

What's up with all the random golf balls all over the course? We saw half dozen Pro v1s and several Kirklands just all over the course.

My one suggestion is to create a direct path for walkers to get from pro shop to the driving range. Have to walk through 2 parking lots with my push cart with no back way in. It's not intuitive.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 06/07/2021

Hello, willdrobins. Thank you for visiting us at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/07/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, prinfam! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course!

Played On
Reviews 34
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/03/2021

Hi, williamikim. 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 St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/01/2021

Hi, tjmendoza. 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 St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course.

Played On
Reviews 34
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/01/2021

Hi, williamikim. 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 St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice course, maintained pretty well. The pace was really good until we caught up with two younger player that couldn't keep up with the foursome in front of them.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/01/2021

Hello, u314161609947. Thank you for visiting us at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/25/2021

Hi, gtrain87. 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 St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/25/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u000007920282! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course!

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

if you have the time s god course

e played behind a fivesome and it took 5 hours.. several requests to the on course marshal still no change.. he pushed them on one hole and let them hold us up.. at one point 5 groups waiting on 17 hole…

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/01/2021

Hi, aramakrishnan! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Good value!

These courses are very well maintained. The price is lower than others, but better maintained and a good challenge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/18/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u482019872! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/18/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, issdan! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course!

Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/18/2021

Hello, u000001753551. Thank you for visiting us at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 34
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/05/2021

Hi, williamikim. 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 St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course.

Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

good shape

always a good course to walk n a good hot deal for 22 beans. Course was in excellent condition. They should use some of their money n build some bathrooms on the two courses

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/03/2021

Thank you for your feedback. Here are the current bathroom locations (Bathrooms are limited in the off-season when freezing pipes are a possibility):
C1: Port-a-Potty between holes 4 & 5; Half-Way-House at 9
C2: Half-Way-House at 2, 5, & 8; Bathroom building at 6, 12, & 16.
These are the specific locations but all bathrooms are also accessible from other holes that are close by.

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