To finish off the weekend, Adam and I went to Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park, Illinois. Silver Lake is approximately 30 miles southwest of Chicago. The club consists of three courses: two 18-hole championship courses (the North and the South) and one 9-hole executive course (Rolling Hills). The North course is the longer of the two 18-hole courses, measuring at 6,826 yards from the back tees for a par of 72. The South course measures in at 6,337 yards from the back tees for a par of 70. For this round, Adam and I played the South course.

The South course is the “sportier” of the two courses. The fairways are shorter and narrower, with more water hazards and bunkers. It consists of four par-5 and six par-3 holes, including a 200+ yard par-3 9th hole over a larger body of water. From the tee box, you’d think you’re teeing off on a par-4 hole. (I ended up teeing off with my driver, and placing the ball 10-20 yards behind the green.) Water hazards touch ten of the holes.

We chose Silver Lake thanks to a deal found on Groupon.com, which offered the standard $61 rate (with cart) for only $27. Not a bad deal at all, and in fact, I heard that so many of the $27 coupons were sold that they sold out in near record time. With that type of demand, you could imagine how busy the course was. Adam and I got paired up with another twosome for the round; two middle-aged gentlemen, Russell and Brandon, who knew each other since they were in high school. Luckily, they weren’t too much better than Adam and I, so they didn’t have to wait on us too much throughout the round.

Unfortunately, I continued to play bad. In fact, I think everyone played bad. Only one par was posted between the four of us, which was surprising because it seemed Russell and Brandon played much better than us. The best that Adam could do is bogey, while the best that I could do was double bogey. Near the back-9, it was a task for all of us to make par on a hole. We tried not to say anything to each other if someone was on track to make par; we didn’t want to jinx each other. Finally, around the 14th hole, Russell made par on a par-4 hole (and made some money on the side from Brandon). Our round ended up taking around five hours, thanks to a couple foursomes in front of us that looked like they were having just as bad of a day as we were having.

Like I said, I continued to play bad. The first hole for me was completely terrible. It started with a bad drive, continued with me still topping the ball with my irons, and then 3-putting. On the 3rd hole, my drives started to warm up and go straighter. I tried to rely on my drives to get me as close to the hole as I could. In fact, I ended up out-driving Russell, Brandon, and Adam on a lot of the holes (which is something I originally thought I wouldn’t be able to do). I did have a couple opportunities to hit with my new #3 hybrid and #3 fairway wood (which I purchased the night before), and I had some better luck with the fairway wood.

I ended up shooting a 137, which was, once again, my worst round ever (but consistent with my round at Broken Arrow). I 2-putted 8 times, and worse the other times. Adam shot a 113, which was a pretty bad score for him, but he got to use the “first round of the season” excuse. I’ll let that slide.

Silver Lake Country Club – Scores & Stats
South course length: 5,948 yards (white tee boxes)
South course par: 70
South course rating/slope: 68.3/116 (white tee boxes)
My score: 137 (67 over par)
Adam’s score: 113 (43 over par)

Silver Lake Country Club
14700 S. 82nd Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60462