I finished the weekend with a round of golf at Crane’s Landing Golf Course. Crane’s Landing is located in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and is 30 miles north of Chicago. The course is part of the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, and is one of two Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries in Illinois that sits on Marriott property (another being Willow Crest Golf Club in Oak Brook).

As you could expect, Crane’s Landing is a beautiful course. The par-70 course consists of four par-3 and two par-5 holes, and measures in at 6,290 yards from the back tees. The rolling fairways are pretty wide, and are surrounded by medium-sized trees. Water touches 16 of the holes, although the water might not always be in the direction of play (meaning you don’t have to worry about hitting your ball into water). A small amount of sand traps are integrated into every hole either on the fairway or near the green. The greens are fairly large and contain some challenging breaks. I should also quickly mention that there are four tees: blue, white, yellow, and red. The yellow tees box markers, although sometimes pretty far apart from the white tees, appear to be faded out from the sun, making them look the white tee box markers. So just keep an eye on which tees you are hitting from.

I played the round with a twosome I was placed with, Mark and Beth, who both grew up in the northern area of Chicago and were very familiar with the course. Mark was a pretty good golfer, and was trying to teach the game to Beth. Although Beth didn’t have the power and distance in her shots, she did have straight, accurate shots, which is always a good thing. They were both very nice and I enjoyed playing the round with them.

While we were playing, they told me the back nine was more difficult than the front nine… and they were right. The back nine is about 500 yards longer than the front, and many of the par-4 holes on the back nine are over 375 yards (compared to 325 yards on the front nine). The holes on the front nine are also pretty straight and open, where the back nine contains two holes that have a slight dogleg with more narrower fairways.

I had a difficult time with this course. I started the round overpowering my drives, which caused them to slice far right. After the first couple of holes, I started to back off on the power, and my drives started to get straighter, although I was will hitting right. My iron shots were OK, and I was making pretty good contact, but still lacking on accuracy. My putting was horrible, but I mostly blame the greens for that. Mark was also having a tough time with his putting. I 3-putted five times, and 2-putted the rest of the time. I was hoping to get par on at least one hole, and I set myself up for par a couple of times, but I couldn’t convert. The best I could do is bogey on four holes and double bogey on seven holes.

I ended up shooting a 111; 53 on the front nine and 58 on the back nine. It’s not my worst round, and it’s on track with how I’ve been playing recently. Coming away from this round, I know I just need to focus on not overpowering my shots, especially my drives. Also, I really need to figure out why most of my drives are going right, which is something I’m consistently doing. I think once my drives get straighter, then I could easily break 100.

Crane’s Landing Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,949 (white tee boxes)
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 68.9/123 (white tee boxes)
My score: 111 (41 over par)

Crane’s Landing Golf Course
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069