My second stop on the Chicagoland golf course tour brought me to the Columbus Park Golf Course. This golf course is part of the Chicago Park District, which maintains six golf courses throughout Chicagoland. Of the six golf courses, only one offers a full 18 hole course (Jackson Park Golf Course), with the remainder only offering 9 holes.

Mike joined me again for this round. We chose this course because it was the second closest course to downtown, with the closest being Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course, another Chicago Park District course. We also knew that we would not be able to get a full 18 holes in due to darkness, so going to a nearby course would give us the best possibility of finishing before the sun was gone. The course was also much cheaper than Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course. Mike and I went on a weekday evening again, and was only charged $7. Not bad for a quick 9-hole in Chicago.

Unfortunately, we didn’t even get to finish all 9 holes. We started a little late due to street traffic, and were slowed down even more due to traffic on the golf course. By the time we called it quits due to darkness, we just finished the 5th hole, which was the course’s only par-5 hole (hey… at least we played the par-5).

Mike and I were a little unimpressed with the course. The fairways were very wide. On many of the holes, it was difficult to tell the difference between the fairway and the rough, and the greens were very bumpy. Also, on some of the longer holes, it was difficult to tell where the side boundaries of the holes where, since there were not many trees along the fairway. The course was also very damp, but this was expected since there was a huge downpour over the previous weekend that flooded many parts of Chicago.

All this aside, for my second time out with my clubs, I felt I played well. A lot of my drives were decent, and I made solid contact many times on other shots. Mike also picked up a birdie on the fourth hole (1 under par, not a real bird). He didn’t do a birdie dance.

Columbus Park Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 2,753 yards
Course par: 35
Course rating/slope: 32.4/96 (blue tee boxes)
My score: 33 (13 over par through hole 5)
Mike’s score: 24 (4 over par through hole 5)
Balls lost: 0 (it was a big field; kind of hard to lose a ball)

Mike was telling me that there is a way to determine your approximate handicap from half-rounds of golf. I’ll be researching this a bit later on. Of course, this half-half-round (that’s not a typo) will not count toward the handicap. I’m only going to use stats from the full rounds of golf that I play in order to determine my approximate handicap.

Columbus Park Golf Course
5701 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago IL 60644