To make use of a really nice Friday afternoon, I played a round at White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville, Illinois. White Pines Golf Club, located approximately 25 miles northwest of Chicago, is part of the Bensenville Park District. The golf club offers two 18-hole courses: the West course, a 6,624 yard par-72 course, and the East course, a 6,371 yard par-70 course. The golf club also runs the White Pines Golf Dome from the end of October to the beginning of May.

For this round, I went alone and was placed in a threesome on the West course. The longer of the two courses, the West course features four par-3 and four par-5 holes. Water touches 11 holes, including the two par-3 holes on the front nine, both of which you have to hit over a small body of water. Sand traps near the greens or fairways come into play on all holes except on the 12th hole, a 371 yard par-4. The fairways are mostly straight and flat, and surrounded by large trees. Only hole that has a slight dogleg is the 15th hole, a 515 yard par-5. The longest hole is the 11th, a 613 yard par-5 (from the back tees). The course seemed maintained very well.

Luckily, I got placed with two really nice guys, John and Ben, who are colleagues in the construction industry. Getting placed with strangers can be hit-or-miss. Sometimes you’ll play a round with people who are really good, and it’ll seem like they are waiting on you the whole time (like my round at Jackson Park Golf Course), or maybe you’ll get placed with people that seem unsocial and only talk to the people they came with (like my round at Square Links Golf Course). John and Ben were nothing like this. They were average enough where I could play my own [pretty bad] game without slowing them down, and they were nice enough to carry casual conversations throughout the round. It definitely made the round more enjoyable.

I ended up playing fairly average also. My drives were pretty random, but mostly straight. I had trouble getting loft out of drives (and after the round, I think I figured out why). My iron shots are still getting better. I think I only topped the ball when I was trying to overpower my swing or when I felt rushed. My chipping was pretty good and accurate. My putting was random also, but worse on the front nine compared to the back nine. The greens felt inconsistent, but mostly slow. I 1-putted two times and 3-putted only five times.

I ended up shooting a 114, and I’m fine with that. I feel that if I can just keep getting scores in the 110’s, I’ll eventually get close to meeting one of my 2010 goals. John and Ben shot a 97 and a 104, but I don’t remember who shot what. Overall, it was a decent round on a nice course. I’m looking forward to playing the other course at White Pines.

White Pines Golf Club – West Course – Scores & Stats
West course length: 6,335 yards (white tee boxes)
West course par: 72
West course rating/slope: 69.7/118 (white tee boxes)
My score: 114 (42 over par)

White Pines Golf Club
500 West Jefferson
Bensenville, IL 60106