Bonnie Dundee Golf CourseMy first round in Chicagoland for the season, and it turns out to be a field trip… by less than one mile. Either way, I was happy to get on the course, especially because we got tee times at 2:00pm on a Friday. Two co-workers of mine, Andy and Jason, along with another foursome from my company, played at Bonnie Dundee Golf Course in Carpentersville, Illinois. Bonnie Dundee is part of the Dundee Township Park District, which also owns Randall Oaks Golf Club in Dundee, Illinois. Since we played on a Friday, we took advantage of one of their specials: 18-hole foursome special, with cart, for $25 per person. Not too bad.

Bonnie Dundee is a fairly flat course, with only one water hazard that touches one of the holes and various sand traps on all of the holes. In many areas of the course, the land is shaped so it appears there was a sand trap created at one time. The course is bordered on two sides by roads, and three of the holes follow the border very closely. There are four par-3 and one par-5 holes.

Throughout the round, it was cold and windy, and rained three times, each time for about 15-20 minutes. When we got to the 9th hole, a course assistant told us we were 30 minutes off pace (mainly because the foursome in front of us decided to leave the course when it started raining). Either way, we remained on pace throughout the whole round and finished in less than 5 hours.

For the first 7 or 8 holes, my drives consistently flew to the right; not so much slicing, but more of just poor aiming or a slight mis-hit. For the remainder of the holes, my drives were very random. My iron shots got a lot better; probably the best they’ve ever been. My approach shots always went to the left of the green. And my putting was all over the place (it didn’t help that the greens were wet and bumpy). I 1-putted twice and 2-putted twelve times throughout the round.

I’m starting to think that a better driver might help me be a little more consistent. I might start looking into this, maybe going to some demo days and trying out a couple of drivers.

Bonnie Dundee Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,015 yards
Course par: 69
Course rating/slope: 68.1/112 (white tee boxes)
My score: 111 (42 over par)

Bonnie Dundee Golf Course
270 Kennedy Drive
Carpentersville, IL 60110