Canal Shores Golf Course

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Canal Shores is an 18 hole par 60 golf course [1] located in a suburban residential neighborhood on the east side of Evanston and Wilmette, Illinois. Founded in 1919 on the banks of the North Shore Channel of the Chicago River, the course is 3,904 yards in length featuring a narrow and tree-lined fairway and two over-the-water holes. Eleven of the holes are located in Evanston, Illinois and 7 holes are in Wilmette, Illinois.

Canal Shores is located within walking distance of the Central Street El and Union Pacific North Central Street Metra Line and offers free parking.

Course History

The course was built on the site of the previous location of the Evanston Golf Club, which relocated during the construction of the North Shore Channel drainage project. The course is substantially built on public property while being managed and funded by the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association, a volunteer organization composed of golfers and neighbors in the city of Evanston and village of Wilmette.

In the 1970s brothers Joel and Bill Murray worked as Caddy's and concession workers on Canal Shores Golf Course. Bill and his brother Brian Doyle Murray based parts of their movie Caddyshack on experiences gained at this course.[2] In August 2014 Joel Murray hosted the Tour of Duty Golf Classic at Canal Shores, a benefit to assist first responders.[3]


  1. ^ "Canal Shores. Your community golf course. | 1030 Central Street, Evanston, IL, 60201 | Phone 847 475 9173 | Hours 6AM – Dusk". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ "Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course On The Rebound". Chicago Golf Report. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  3. ^ By: BY KATE HEDLIN For Sun-Times Media, @SportsLoisLane. "Tour of Duty Celebrity Golf Classic for first responders | Evanston Review". Retrieved 2014-04-09.