To knock another course off my list, I joined Beth’s cousins, Dirk and Drew, and Dirk’s “friend”, Ryann, at Broken Arrow Golf Club in Lockport, Illinois. As I mentioned for my first round at Broken Arrow, the course is located approximately 25 miles southeast of Chicago. The golf club consists of three 9-hole, par-36 courses: the South course, the East course, and the North course, as well as a 9-hole links-style short course, appropriately called the West course. According to Broken Arrow’s website, the East course is the most challenging, the North course is the most scenic, and the South course has the most “landmarks of this historic farm”. Of the three courses, the North course is the longest course, measuring in 3,558 yards from the back tees. The North course also has two flags on each hole: a red flag for a shorter game and a blue flag for a longer game. All three courses consist of two par-3 and two par-5 holes, and offer a good amount of rolling hills and small trees surrounding the fairways, along with the standard water hazards and sand traps. For this round, we played the South and the East courses.

Not much changed since the first round… Broken Arrow is still a difficult course. This was confirmed by Ryann, who is one of Illinois’ top junior golfers. The fairways are pretty narrow, and both courses have their fair share of water hazards. On both the South and East courses, water touches eight of the holes.

I did much better this round, compared to my previous round at Broken Arrow. I did still have a lot of trouble on the South course, but that was mainly because I was having issues with my driving. By the time I got around to the East course, my driving improved greatly. In fact, even though the East course was supposed to be the most challenging, I actually did better on that course, because nearly all my drives were straight and long. My iron shots were still pretty good, but my chipping and approach shots were random. My putting was also random; I 1-putted four times and 3-putted five times.

I ended up shooting a 111. I shot a 61 on the South course, which was 11 strokes better than last time, and a 50 on the East course. I didn’t keep track of Ryann or Dirk’s score, and Drew had difficulty from the beginning, so we didn’t really keep track of his. I’m pretty sure Ryann shot in the 70’s. Just guessing, but I’m probably right.

Broken Arrow Golf Club – Scores & Stats
South course length: 3,177 yards (white tee boxes)
South course par: 36
East course length: 3,144 yards (white tee boxes)
East course par: 36
South to East course rating/slope: 71.4/129 (white tee boxes)
My score: 111 (39 over par, 61 on South, 50 on East)

Broken Arrow Golf Club
16325 West Broken Arrow Drive
Lockport, IL 60441