Over the weekend, I had some free time to knock a 9-hole course off of the list, so I played at Square Links Golf Course in Frankfort, Illinois. Square Links, located approximately 30 miles southwest of Chicago, is part of the Frankfort Square Park District. The park district purchased the course, which was previous known as Hickory Creek Golf Course, in 2002. Some places also refer to the course as “Frankfort Square Links Golf Course” or “Frankfort Square Golf Course”.

Technically, Square Links Golf Course is a short course, consisting of mostly par-3 holes and only two par-4 holes, but there are actually 10 holes at this course which makes a total of 1,749 yards from the back (blue) tees. The 10th hole actually comes at the beginning… at hole 1A. After a bit of research, I found out that holes 1A and 1 used to be combined into a 354 yard par-4, which made the course a 1,801 yard par-30.

The course wraps around a driving range and is bordered by subdivisions on 3 sides. The course is fairly flat, except for hole 1A, which lets you tee off higher than the green. Two ponds and other water hazards effect six of the holes, and sand traps touch only two holes.

I ended up going to Square Links by myself (I couldn’t find anyone in short notice), but since the course was pretty busy, they placed me in a group with three sophomores from a nearby high school. They were nice teenagers that knew how to play and were out just for fun, which didn’t make the round so bad. But, unfortunately, I didn’t play so well this round. I had some difficulty keeping my shots straight, and I ended up dropping some shots into the water hazards. My approach shots were random; sometimes good, sometimes bad. My putting was consistently OK. I 2-putted 9 times, and 3-putted 1 time. I ended up shooting a 52 (20 over par).

Overall, this is a nice course. They have a wide range of distances on the par-3 holes; one that measures in at 195 yards (and feels like a par-4) and another measuring in a 116 yards (and feels like you can putt the ball from the tee box).

I should mention that Square Links also has an 18-hole natural grass putting course, which is something I haven’t seen yet.

Square Links Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 1,749 yards
Course par: 32
Course rating/slope:  n/a
My score: 52 (20 over par)

Square Links Golf Course
7861 W. St. Francis Road
Frankfort, IL 60423