Wilmette Golf Club

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For yet again another year with summer behind us, the assessment of the WGC is---“wait until next year.” As we head into fall, course conditions are marginal, at least tee to green. As others have commented, WGC greens are great, good speed and roll true. Unfortunately, the fairways remain in some form of regrowth bad condition---getting better, but not great. Even playing preferred lies, several of the fairways don’t offer much of reward for a good drive. Often I found being in the rough a better option. That said, with reduced mowing due to recent wet conditions and fewer staff, the rough in many areas is ankle deep. It is a bit difficult to judge what is going on with the WGC at the moment. It seems as if they have cut back staff, course maintenance and lost whatever attention to detail in operating the place. On the maintenance front, the cart paths have season-long potholes; deep enough to make post-winter Chicago street potholes jealous---they are big and deep, golf cart consuming. Why are they not fixed? Golfers drive around them and ruin the grass they are intended to protect. The practice tees, mats with those white rubber tees, are in various states of disrepair---missing tees, worn mats, etc. Lack of attention to operating detail----carts with no tubes filled with soil/seed, modest fleet of rental push carts in bad condition, tee markers somehow disintegrating (rotting and not replaced). Obviously I am frustrated by the current golf experience at the WGC. I like the layout. The course is convenient to where I live. The club house is quite new. Golf carts are new with GPS. The staff is pleasant. I hope the Wilmette Park District sorts out what is clearly a problem operation.

He would not play this course again.

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Before booking a tee time at Wilmette I would encourage you to read the Golf Course Superintendent's blog: https://wilmettegolfclub.blogspot.com/2018/08/fairway-recovery.html . By his self-reporting, conditions are poor.

Fairway conditions are terrible. I appreciate that the grounds crew is working on improvements, but if you are paying $50 plus for greens fees on a weekend, you expect much better. Hard pan, reseeding and furry fairways are not appealing. The Wilmette Golf Course remains a repair project---as it has been for the last few years. It really is too bad---the layout is challenging and the greens are great---but the fairways are like an over-played muni.

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I have played this course multiple times this summer (2018). I like the layout of the course---unique holes for a very compressed layout, some challenging holes (3, 6, 11, 17). The greens are terrific---fairly fast, roll is true. The big detractor is the condition of the fairways--every hole seems to have, by varying degrees, turf problems---hard pan or mud (depending on recent rain or watering), near grass-less areas that are hard to hit off of, roped off areas throughout the course. The course has had turf issues since its renovation, but that excuse is getting long of tooth. Wilmette GC has potential being held back by fairway conditions. Also, beware of potholes in cart paths, there are some doozies that you could loose a cart in!

Somewhat unrelated to the course, but part of the experience----be in no rush if you order food at the restaurant---30 minutes to get a BLT, not good.

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This could be best muni course on North Shore if only the grass was in better shape. Nice layout, fast greens, bunkers in good shape, but man the fairways kill the experience. Pace of play was good too. Hope grounds crew can perform some magic on grass though

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I have played Wilmette for many years and was excited for the renovation in 2014. I love what they did to improve all aspects of the course. But there have been consistent problems maintaining the fairways in even moderately good condition. After a promising spring, 2018 is no different. The fairways are hard, bare in many spots, crusty in others, and rarely lush. Not sure what the problem is, but I think I’ll make this course a once in a while stop rather than my ‘go to’ golf course.

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