Another beautiful Sunday morning in Chicago called for a round of golf. I met up with Mike at Jackson Park Golf Course, which is approximately five miles south from the center of Chicago, and is probably the closest 18-hole golf course from downtown Chicago. Jackson Park Golf Course is part of the Chicago Park District, which maintains six golf courses throughout Chicagoland. Of the six golf courses, Jackson Park Golf Course is the only 18-hole course, with the other courses offering nine holes.

Jackson Park is fairly short for an 18-hole course (5,508 yards). The course consists of five par-3 and three par-5 holes (with one of the par-5 holes measuring in at 559 yards). Most of the holes have sand traps that touch the fairway or the green, and only two holes touch a water hazard (both of which you have to hit over).

At the start of the round, we were placed with another single. Honestly, I can’t remember his name, but I think he was pretty good, shooting around par. I think he was a regular at the course, or at least played the course many times.

I didn’t play so well this round; I actually played my worst round ever. I had a lot of trouble getting the ball on the green, but when I did get it on the green, I was a little better. Most of my troubles were with my iron shots and accuracy. I consistently shot worse that double bogey on all holes except the 18th, where I shot par. I 1-putted five times and 2-putted eleven times. Mike played a better round than me, consistently shooting bogey or double bogey on all holes except two, where he shot par. He 1-putted three times and 2-putted nine times.

As a side note, I want to mention the great service that Jackson Park provided to Mike and I. On Saturday evening, an employee of Jackson Park called me to inform me about road closing in their area for a half marathon, and that the entrance to their parking lot would be blocked off. They ended up providing a shuttle to and from areas outside of the golf course for their golfers. I think this is pretty cool of them, considering they are a public golf course that is own by the Chicago Park District. Thanks.

Jackson Park Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,508 yards
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 65.7/107 (blue tee boxes)
My score: 120 (50 over par)
Mike’s score: 92 (22 over par)

Jackson Park Golf Course
6401 S. Richards Drive
Chicago, IL 60649