Canal Shores Golf Course in Evanston and Wilmette, one of the rare golf courses where dog owners and golfers play alongside one another, hosts the first-ever Mutt Putt, a community celebration of National Dog Day, on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm.

The Mutt Putt is free and open to the public and includes activities like agility and obedience demonstrations, a dog parade for people and their pets, dog photography, agility and frisbee demos, a bloodhound “nosework” demo, dog Reiki and massage, and golf putting for people. There will be dog rescue and foster agencies, dog trainers, groomers, retailers, veterinary clinics and food for people and pets. In the event of rain, the Mutt Putt moves to Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm.

The celebration takes place on the Canal Shores Pro Shop lawn, 1030 Central Street, Evanston. There is free lot parking and parking on Lincoln or Central streets. It’s steps from the Purple Line Central Street L stop and a five-block walk to the Metra UP-N Central Street stop.

Canal Shores Golf Course receives no public funds or tax dollars from the City of Evanston nor the Village of Wilmette and relies solely on greens fees and fundraising to operate. The land that comprises Canal Shores is sub-leased from the City of Evanston and Village of Wilmette, which lease the property from its owner, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Cook County. It offers programs that celebrate the game of golf, with special programs designed for families, youth and the community.

Canal Shores continues to be a leader demonstrating best practices in environmental sustainability – restoring, installing, maintaining, nurturing and enhancing the natural habitat and working diligently to make the space environmentally friendly through removal of invasive species. 

Canal Shores is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that has promoted the combined use of the land for the community since 1919. The 18 hole, par 60 golf course winds through Evanston and Wilmette along the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District canal from the Bahá’í Temple on the north to Green Bay Road on the south. For information and to reserve tee times, visit or call 847/475-9173.