Shepherd's Crook Golf Course

4.5048588235 4.5 stars from 5 (154)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6827 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.1
  • Layout

  • 351 N Green Bay Rd, Zion, Illinois 60099, Lake County
  • (847) 872-2080
  • (847) 872-2467
  • www.shepherdscrook.org
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Year built: 1999
Architect(s): Keith Foster (1999)
Type: Public
Style: Links
Golf Season: Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Silver 71 6827 yards 72.1 130
Black 71 6272 yards 69.5 124
Gold (W) 71 6002 yards 73.4 130
Gold 71 6002 yards 67.9 120
Green (W) 71 4901 yards 67.7 118

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 154 Reviews
5 stars:
83
4 stars:
59
3 stars:
9
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

149 out of 154 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers locals walkers   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers thick rough   Great for drinks  

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"What a great time"


Treydor's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wow, we loved this course a whole lot. It's not the hardest course, but it sure is challenging for a high handicapper like myself. Everything from the fairways to the greens were amazing. We'll definitely be going back soon!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u183905743's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Solid conditions and solid value"


mcarlson0522's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

First off I would like to say I was very impressed with the conditions. So pure and pristine. Played on June 13th 2019 on a very rainy day. Course drained well and flew through my round under 3 hours.

Value was just perfect. 39 bucks with cart in June on a weekday was a breath of fresh air.

Staff was nice and pleasant so no complaints.

2 simple issues I had. 1 the location which obviously is different from everybody. From Downers Grove it takes around 1 hr and 15 minutes of travel time. That is with medium traffic, God forbid there was traffic.

2nd, I felt there were too many similar holes. Not that many memorable holes. So in my opinion if you live in the northern suburbs or happen to be in the area I highly suggest to play this course. For me it’s tough since the travel is just too far for an above average course. If I’m driving that far I wanna play Thunderhawk.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hospitality above and beyond"


gfyock12's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2019
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Probably the best golf course hospitality I have ever encountered. We were treated as well or better, than a high end resort. Even though it is over an hour drive, this course will now be one of my, must play more often venues..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/31/2019

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, gfyock12! We look forward to seeing you again soon.


"Nice"


michaelstack's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice,playable course, in good condition. Rainy but still playing true.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/13/2019

Hi michaelstack. 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 Shepherd's Crook Golf Course.



dssdds's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of the best public courses in Illinois"


mwhitey4's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2019
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Visiting the Chicago area from Michigan this course was recommended by a friend who lives in the northern suburbs and it did not disappoint. Despite the wind blowing 20-25mph all afternoon on this mostly open links layout the course was very fair and even allowed for some scoring opportunities. The course was in excellent condition with the greens rolling true with moderate speed and great conditioning throughout the course. Having played a few other Keith Foster designs I was not disappointed by Shepherds Crook and would tell anyone in the Chicago area to visit if your looking for a great deal.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


snyderj's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed the course. Great staff and food at turn. Well worth the trip from Chicago. We will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/25/2019

Thanks for the great review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again for another round soon. Thanks for playing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course.



rltdat's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/23/2019

Thanks for the great review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your round with us and hope to see you again soon. Thanks for playing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!


"Flying solo early weekday morning g 31$"


jbolek15's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Amazing track. Absolutely prestige conditions, greens were spectacular and the fairways and rough dried out well from the record rain we have had.

Would play for less that 40$ with a cart anyway


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000007343014's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



XJ5MrCJP5jjZtqkjZlQy's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



60kc6615's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

terrible staff. it is run by the park district of zion . their staff get paid no matter how they treat their customer. i will never go their and play again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 11/08/2018

Hello, thanks for the review. We see you rated the course 1-star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single star feedback very serious at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing.




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook Golf Course on 10/16/2018:

Hello, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We're happy to hear you fully enjoyed your round with us and hope to see you again for another round soon. Thanks for playing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!


u136875446's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook Golf Course on 10/04/2018:

Hello, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again for another round soon! Thanks for playing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!


ufcfanatic's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

nice layout with a good mix of holes! always in great shape and great value


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook Golf Course on 09/24/2018:

Hi ufcfanatic, thanks for the great review! We appreciate the feedback about your round and hope to see you again for another round soon. Thanks for playing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!

"Perfect golf day"


u648635141's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in great shape, pace was good. Great value. Will be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook Golf Course on 09/17/2018:

Hello, thanks for the great review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again for another round soon. Thanks for playing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!


u5888065's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook Golf Course on 09/11/2018:

We're happy to hear your round with us was 5-stars! We hope to see you again for another round soon. Thanks for playing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!

"Terrible Customer Service"


jrubin12's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

This place staff will do anything to squeeze money out of you. Had a tee time on a day where it rained and there was little to no chance of it being playable. I called 3 TIMES an hour prior to leaving (as I was driving 45 min to play) to check conditions and they said they were fine and the course was open. Proceeded to drive up there and when I arrived told me they had closed the course 30 min ago. Of course, no phone call, no email, no warning that they might be closing. Ridiculously rude customer service. I will not be coming back and suggest that if there are any weather issue so that you don’t as well because they don’t care about their players.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook Golf Course on 09/11/2018:

Mr. Rubin,

Once the rains on Labor Day rendered the course unplayable, staff began combing the tee sheet for phone numbers or emails to notify reservation holders of the course closure. While we were successful in contacting almost every golfer, we obviously missed you. We apologize for the inconvenience.


u700965702's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Shepherd's Crook Golf Course on 08/28/2018:

Hello, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate the feedback about your round and hope to see you again for another round soon! Thanks for playing Shepherd's Crook Golf Course!


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