The Association hosted more than 125 community members on April 21 and 22 for presentations and discussion of our efforts to develop a Master Plan, including an environmental component, for the course. Each evening fostered open dialogue and we heard many voices. Many thanks to everyone who attended and to our speakers (designer/planner Dave Zinkand; Steve Neumann of the Grounds Committee; Association President John Powers; and Jay Ryan from the planning committee).<0>We will continue to post updated information on the website about the project and we welcome your input and questions. Your support will help us develop a plan that will serve our community into the next century.

You can help Canal Shores raise the funds needed to ensure that our planning can move forward. A final master plan and the ecological plan can only be realized with your support. Learn more about Canal Shores 100 by visiting our home page for the project. We appreciate the generous support we have received to date. A donation in any amount is welcome.

Donations for the campaign can be made safely and securely via PayPal.


YOU’RE INVITED: Canal Shores 100 Community Meeting

The Canal Shores Board of Director’s is hosting two public meetings next week. The objective of the meeting is to share information about the Canal Shores 100 Master Plan with the community and solicit your feedback. The public is invited to attend either meeting.
Thursday, April 21st at 6:30PM
American Legion Hall, 2nd floor, 1030 Central Street, Evanston, IL
This is the regularly scheduled Board meeting and is always open to the public. The objective of this meeting is to conduct regular Board business and hear a presentation by the Canals Shores 100 Master Plan golf course designer and landscape architect, Dave Zinkand. 
Friday, April 22nd at 6:30PM
American Legion Hall, 2nd floor, 1030 Central Street, Evanston, IL
Specifically for the benefit of the community. The sole objective of this meeting is to hear a presentation by the Canals Shores 100 Master Plan golf course designer and landscape architect, Dave Zinkand.  
The goals of the Canal Shores 100 Master Plan are to:
  • Provide golf and golf training for today’s golfer and develop future golfers;
  • Provide the community with multi use recreational facilities with a focus on families and youth; and
  • Demonstrate best practices in environmental sustainability by maintaining, nurturing and enhancing ecological health and natural habitat of this 40-acre parcel of land along the waterway of the North Shore Channel.
The Canal Shores 100 initiative fulfills the commitment to preserving the viability of the course and assuring that it will flourish and thrive to serve future generations as a unique and valuable recreational space – the gem in our community.
The Board of Directors of Canal Shores is looking forward to hearing your questions and concerns on the 22nd. Mr. Dave Zinkand, a renowned golf course designer and landscape architect, who has been helping the Board develop our Master Plan, will also be on hand to answer any specific questions.
For more information about this initiative, please visit where you will find a number of helpful resources including Frequently Asked Questions.

In the meantime, if you have any other questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact John Powers at


Evanston, Feb. 10, 2016 – The Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association today announced that Canal Shores Golf Course has been named a recipient of a Coastal Management Planning Grant administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management. IDNR made the selection in late 2015. The grant is in the amount of $20,000, with the Course charged with matching the grant through funds that it will raise through donations and fundraising.


Canal Shores selected as first course for the USGA/ASGCA pro bono design evaluation.

Click here to read the full press release.

USGA, ASGCA Teaming up to Assist Courses Nationwide

United States Golf Association (USGA)

Welcome to the “gem in your backyard”!

Support Canal Shores, your local community golf course!  Where else can you enjoy 18 holes in a one-of-a-kind neighborhood setting in about three hours or less?  Plus, Canal Shores is now a Chicago District Golf Association member.  Check out our new course rating, slope, and updated yardages.


Northwestern alum Luke Donald visits Canal Shores Youth Golf Tournament July 30th.

Northwestern alum Luke Donald visits Canal Shores Youth Golf Tournament July 30th!!

Tucked into the heart of a scenic residential neighborhood in Evanston and Wilmette,  we’re an 18-hole, par 60 course suitable for golfers of all skill levels and ages. Fondly known locally as “Canal Shores” and operated by the not-for-profit Evanston-Wilmette Golf Course Association,  the golf course is looking terrific this year–come check us out!

Since 1919, Canal Shores has offered a fun, affordable, and unique golf experience. Whether you are a beginner just learning the game or a more experienced golfer with limited time, we know you’ll enjoy our course! Our 3,867 yards are narrow and tree-lined and feature two signature over-the-water holes. As you criss-cross between the 11 holes in Evanston and 7 in Wilmette, you’ll see why so many golfing memories have started here!

We’re conveniently located next to the Central Street El, just blocks away from the Central Street Metra stop, and offer free parking.  Come discover Canal Shores today!  It’s your community golf course!

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