Wilmette Golf Course

3900 Fairway Dr, Wilmette, Illinois, 60091
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(847) 256-9646
Architect: Joseph A. Roseman (5)
                      
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Detailed description of Wilmette Golf Course

Wilmette Golf Course is a Public 18 hole golf course located on Chicago's North Shore, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago in Wilmette, Illinois.

Wilmette Golf Course first opened for play in 1922. The course was designed by Joseph A. Roseman.

Par for the course is 70. From the back tees, the course plays to 6,378 yards. From the forward tees, the course measures 4,855 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 6, a par-5 that plays to 536 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 16, a par-3 that plays to 143 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for # 6, the 536-yard par-5 challenge is the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at Wilmette is # 16, the 143 yard par-3.

While Wilmette Golf Club's total yardage is only 6,400 from the back tees, it plays like it is a much greater length. The short par 4's and the fact that there are only two par 5's in this par 70 track make Wilmette play like a 7,000-yard layout. Add to that the narrow fairways and the quick doglegs throughout the course and you're facing a real challenge of skill and an even more daunting challenge of golf course management. Nowhere is that more evident than on 14, a very short par 4. With OB and tight trees right and strategically placed bunkering, 14 could--and should--be played long-iron wedge! But feed the ego, pull the driver, and let her rip and you're soon hitting three from the tee with a good chance at double.

The entire golf course is set up to be a test in patience and decision-making ability. There's just enough water and bunkering to force some honest approach shots which means intelligent club selection from the tee is a must.

This course has been reviewed 5 times
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Northbrook, IL

Do Not Recall (cart not included), played on Saturday, October 2018 at 11:15 AM

Best public course greens in the area. Layout can be tricky if accuracy is a problem. Greens large enough to provide variety of pin locations, some quite difficult, but not unfair. Staff is very friendly. Easily accessible 1/4 mile from I94. 5 sets of tees accommodates golfers of all abilities.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 029362
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Wilmette, IL

$36 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, July 2014 at 6am

This course recently reopened after going a $3 million "renovation". The renovation architect was Greg Martin. 14 new greens were constructed. Each new green is elevated with a big lip making it almost impossible to run the golf ball onto the green. The 17th green is so high the green can not be seen from the fairway, and the green itself is too narrow. All the green surfaces are very hard, making it impossible for the average player to hit as shot with enough spin to stop the ball on the green. All of these 'features' make it an impossible course for a senior player to enjoy. The fairways are poor with bare spots and lots of weeds The last negative is fees. It is way too overpriced compared to the other public courses in the area.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 022553
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Sarasota, FL

$41 (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2014 at 6am

The course was upgraded in the last year. There's new grass on all the greens and 14 greens were re-built. Bunkers were added in strategic locations. It was always fun to play, but these renovations really make it challenging. Its my home course and I'll admit I'm biased, but its a fun tract.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 022387
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Wilmette, IL

$36 (cart not included), played on Saturday, September 2012 at noon

great staff, well-maintained, always a pleasure to play here

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 018599
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Evanston, IL

$46 (cart not included), played on Saturday, August 2010 at 10am

Pro shop staff and Restaurant staff are excellent. Course id moderately difficult. Weather can take a toll on the fairways. Always enjoy this course!!

Would travel: 20-30 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 011776
3.4/5
Based on 5 reviews
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