North Shore Golf Guide

Do you know why golf is so great? It’s a life sport—you can learn to play as a little kid and keep on going right until they close the coffin lid.

It’s a great family outing, but also a perfect afternoon getaway with buddies. You can make new friends by joining a league, and keep old ones with a little “après-golf” action on the patio.

If you’re not a country club member, are just learning, or simply want to try out a few new holes, we’ve got the lowdown on some of the best public courses on Chicago’s North Shore.


You have to love a course that offers up a lunch bucket special. At the Deerfield Golf Club, you can get a medium bucket of balls, beverage and a hot dog for $14.

Deerfield Golf CourseDeerfield Golf Club & Learning Center
Hours: 6 a.m. – dusk

There’s not a lot of free parking in Evanston, but if you’re a golfer, parking is free at The Frank Govern Memorial Golf Course. Located on Central Street adjacent to Evanston Northwestern Hospital, it’s an extremely affordable course, with rates between $13 and $24.  It boasts a par-60 executive layout.

Frank Govern Memorial Golf Course
Hours: 6 a.m. – dusk

Glenview has two fantastic public golf options—The National 9 and Glenview Park Golf Club. The National 9 is directly across the street from the private Glen Club, which has hosted professional Nationwide Tour events.  Because of its proximity, Glen Club greens keepers also take tender care of the National 9. Want to grab a bite to eat? Walk over to the Glen Town Center, home to a number of dining options for after the game. The Glenview Park Golf Club is the village’s 18-hole, par-70 option, with yardage ranging from 4,900 – 6,100. It’s also home to The Café—a full-service restaurant (alfresco dining or air-conditioned relaxation!), pro shop and clubhouse.  Visit their Web site for Web specials and rates, or to book a tee time online.

Glenview Golf CourseGlenview National 9 Golf Club
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – dusk

Glenview Park Golf Club

Hours: 7 a.m. – dusk

Highland Park
Sunset Valley Golf Course is one of the only places we know of where you can play golf year-round. Enjoy getting your ankles wet? There are nine holes that’ll keep you on your toes. They also host the annual North Shore Amateur Tournament.

Sunset Valley Golf Course

Hours: dawn to dusk

Lake Forest
Lake Forest is home to one of the oldest public courses in the country—Deerpath Golf Course, which was rehabbed a few years ago to improve sand traps, irrigation, water quality, the wildlife habitat and aesthetics. Visit their Web site for rates and other information.

Deerpath Golf Course
Hours: dawn to dusk

Highland Park Golf Learning Center

Northbrook Golf Course

There’s a lot of golf in Northbrook: Anetsberger, Sportsmans Country Club and Willowhill Golf and Academy, which has an awesome Chicago skyline view!

Sportsmans Country Club
Hours: dawn to dusk

Anetsberger Golf Course
Hours: dawn to dusk

Willowhill Golf Course
Hours: dawn to dusk

Skokie’s Weber Park Golf Course 9-hole par-3 course is a great place to work on your short game.  If you just want a bucket of balls, try out the Top 100 driving range at Sports Park (3459 Oakton), complete with heated stalls. What’s special?  On-site babysitting!

Weber Park Golf Club
Hours: 7 a.m. – sunset

It’s one of the few places where you can catch lake perch every Friday night! Located conveniently off Lake Avenue in west Wilmette, Wilmette Golf Club is a par-70 course, ranging from about 4,800 to 6,000 yards.  It offers discounted off-season rates and boasts a wonderful full-service restaurant and pro shop.

Wilmette Golf Club
Hours: dawn to dusk

If that’s not enough golf to keep you busy all summer and fall, try one of these courses:

Arlington Heights:

Arlington Lakes Golf Club

Evanston Golf CourseNickol Knoll Golf Club


Makray Memorial Golf Club

Buffalo Grove:

Buffalo Grove Golf Club

Lake Bluff:

Lake Bluff Golf Course


Libertyville Golf Course

Lake Forest Golf Course


Crane’s Landing Golf Club

Morton Grove:

Chick Evans Golf Course

Vernon Hills:

Vernon Hills Golf Course

White Deer Run Golf Course


Midlane Championship Golf Resort


Chevy Chase Golf Course


Winnetka Golf Club