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4.3
340 Reviews (340)
5 Stars
127
4 Stars
169
3 Stars
35
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
93.6%
Recommend this course
320 out of 340 reviews
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4.3
58 Reviews (58)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
25
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
89.7%
Recommend this course
52 out of 58 reviews
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4.4
77 Reviews (77)
5 Stars
37
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.6
92.2%
Recommend this course
71 out of 77 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
340 Reviews (340)

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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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
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 Good
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Reviews 82
Handicap 5-9
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4.0
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Previously Played

In great shape

I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the course

I had a permanent tee time here for 12 years and playing at 6:45 the course was always over watered and greens while smooth they were always too slow

Today the greens were true and rolled at a good pace Fairways also were in very good shape
I was not in any bunkers so can’t comment

Tee boxes were in good shape

Staff was friendly and Covid aware

Cart was in good condition

Course is needs updating. Flat and back and forth layout

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 12
Handicap 15-19
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Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Jam1107

Great weather and course in great shape. Pace of play slow due to walkers who were on their cell phones on a couple of holes. Thank you to the ranger who moved us from Joe Jemsek course to Lakeside course so we can play without backup. All good until a couple of course workers decided to jump in front of us to start playing. They knew we were behind them but seemed not to care. We still managed to get most holes in before the 4:45 time limit.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
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 1
Skill Beginner
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
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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Used cart

St. Andrews - Joe Jemsek course

The course was in very good shape. Playing in late October, the trees were in wonderful colors. I really enjoy playing here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 10/26/2020

Hello, 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. Thank you for playing St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course.

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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
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Previously Played

I first booked a foursome; however, at the last minute had to cancel one person since they were in the ER. The course basically said “well you didn’t cancel 24 hours in advance” so no refund. I asked for a voucher and they also said no. It’s not like I knew this 24 hours in advance!!!! Overall the staff were very unfriendly and I will not play here again or recommend. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be kind to your patrons.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Charge too much money for golf you have to pay an additional $20 for a cart by yourself during this pandemic

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

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 St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Open layout

I can see why this was Jemsek's favorite course because of the amazing open layout with plenty of ways to get yourself into trouble. The short holes look easy, but with wide fairway bunkers precisely placed, a lot of hazards lurk. I was LUCKY today and only hit one bunker, but the sand was still managed enough to get your club through easily. I happened to play a better back 9, so I saw a lot of the front and the rough was just the right amount of length for a links course. It makes you really want to make sure you hit those fairways and think about the club you're going to use. Personally, I believe the undulation of the greens is the great thing about this course (and course #1) because that is not seen a lot anymore. Most greens, even with tiers, have flat tiers. With them manicuring the greens well, they run quick. Make sure to practice putting beforehand!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun course

Enjoyed my round on Joe Jemesik side on a beautiful fall day. Will return to play the other 18.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

good walking course

course is set up great for walking. off the green and on the next tee box in a few steps.
reasonably priced and you can play the 2nd course for free i understand

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Go to it

Fairways and greens are in great shape. I started playing on the dot of my tee time, and I finished in just over four hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/29/2020

Thank you for reviewing us! We see you rated the course 3-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve before your next round. Feel free to comment on this review or reach out to the team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing St. Andrews Golf & Country Club - Joe Jemsek Course, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 4
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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