I start my journey at Chick Evans Golf Course in Morton Grove, IL. This golf course is part of the Forest Preserve Golf courses, which operates ten golf courses throughout Chicagoland, two of which only offer a nine hole course. Throughout the Forest Preserve Golf system, weekend rates range from $18 to $52. I went to Chick Evans on the weekday and took advantage of their twilight price.

I played the full 18 with my buddy, Mike. Mike is not so much of a golf noob like me; he’s been playing on and off since he was a kid. His equipment includes a nice set made by TaylorMade, and he was very adamant about playing with his #3 Pinnacle ball. Whatever that means.

The course is laid out nicely, with the number one and ten holes being right next to the clubhouse, and right next to each other. The course consists of two par-5 and three par-3 holes, with the rest being par-4’s. Mike said one of the reasons he likes this course is because it is one of the cheapest courses with a couple par-5’s. Some of the holes featured some water hazards (which is actually one branch the Chicago River), and none of the holes had sand traps, although it looks like at one point there could have been.

We started with the back nine, since there was less traffic, and somehow finished the full round of 18, although we had to rush the last couple of holes due to darkness. All-in-all, for my first round of golf with my own clubs, it was a good round and I played well (according to Mike). Here are the stats:

Chick Evans Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,691 yards
Course par: 71 (front nine – par 36, back nine – par 35)
Course rating/slope: 65.4/107 (white tee boxes)
My score: 114 (43 over par)
Mike’s score: 90 (19 over par)
Balls lost: 10 (three of them being on the 3rd hole, which turned out be the toughest hole)

Mike and I were talking about the stats I’m taking… and he thought I should take more meaningful stats, rather than number of balls lost. I figured that when I stop losing golf balls, I’ll start taking more meaningful stats (like number of putts, or something like that). Until then, I need to start stocking up on cheap golf balls.

Quotes of the day
Mike: “Short tees, huh? I play with long tees.”
Me: “I should stop counting my score. It’s much lower when I just guess.”

Chick Evans Golf Course
6145 Golf Rd
Morton Grove IL 60053