To continue the long weekend (while hoping my halfway-decent playing would continue), I played Silver Lake Country Club’s last course: Rolling Hills. The Rolling Hills course is Silver Lake’s 9-hole “sporty” executive course, and consists of seven par-3 holes and two par-4 holes. The course measures in at 1,587 yards from the men’s tees, which is very close to the short course cut-off. As the name implies, the course is pretty hilly, thanks mostly to a small creek that runs through many of the holes. On many of the holes, you have to hit over a valley, where the small creek passes through. Water hazards (the creek and a small pond) touch five of the holes, and sand traps are placed on seven of the holes. The fairways are pretty narrow and are surround by large trees, which means your shots need to be fairly accurate.

Since this was meant to be a quick round, I went alone and walked the course, but there was an option to take a cart. When I started the round I didn’t see any other players in front of me, and it didn’t look like anyone was directly behind me. By the time I got to the third hole, the course’s first par-4 hole, I saw there was a foursome in front of me, all of which were walking, and at the same time I also saw there was a threesome behind me, all of which were in carts. Great. I eventually caught up to the foursome in front of me on the tee box of the 7th hole. They let me play through, and I quickly finished the last couple of holes in a short amount of time. The round ended up taking about an hour and a half.

I had a mediocre round. My first shot seemed to determine the outcome of the hole. Every time I duffed my first shot, I ended up shooting a triple bogey. This happened on three of the holes. Besides those holes, I actually played pretty well. I made par on three of the holes, one of which was the course’s other par-4 hole. My iron shots were still good, and my putting was better than my previous round. I 1-putted once and 3-putted once. It wasn’t a great round, but it felt good to still see some improvement with my irons.

But more importantly, during this round I got a better sense of how far I can hit with my irons. Last season, I had a fairly good idea about this with my old set of clubs, but I was limited to only a few irons. Ever since I got my new clubs, I was just guessing on what I should use for a shot (and luckily up to this point, I haven’t been far off).

I ended up shooting a 42, which was 13 over par. I wish I could translate that score into a full round of 18, but it wouldn’t be accurate at all. Even though it was quick round with some easy holes, I still feel like it helped my game a little bit.

Silver Lake Country Club – Scores & Stats
Rolling Hills course length: 1,587 yards
Rolling Hills course par: 29
Rolling Hills course rating: 27.1
My score: 42 (13 over par)

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