Right after my round at Palos Hills Golf Club, I traveled down to White Mountain Executive Golf Course to play the second of the short 9-hole courses for the day. White Mountain is located in Tinley Park, Illinois, which is approximately 30 miles southwest of Chicago. The golf course is part of the White Mountain Recreation Center (also called White Mountain Golf Park), which includes a driving range (lighted, with both grass and artificial hitting stations), a miniature golf course, and batting cages (that seem to be closed down). The course is wrapped around the right and back side of the driving range.

The course consists of seven par-3 hole, ranging from 122 yards to 203 yards from the back tees, and two par-4 holes, one 304 yards and the other 340 yards from the back tees. The fairways are somewhat hilly and are surrounded by small trees. On the 5th hole, a 340 yard par-4, and the 8th hole, a 165 yard par-3, the greens sit up on top of a hill. The 5th hole is also a slight dogleg right, so you can’t see the pin when teeing off. Water touches five of the holes, including the 1st hole, a 127 yard par-3, where, if you play the back tees, you must carry over water. Sand traps touch seven of the holes, but are mostly placed on the back of the greens. The greens are pretty large and flat, and only contain a couple easy breaks.

I played a decent round. Since there was a lot of par-3 holes, I got a lot of practice with my irons. I was still pretty inaccurate with them, mostly hitting left, and I mishit a couple of my tee shots. My putting was mediocre. I 1-putted once and 3-putted three times.

One thing good did come out of this round: I made my first par-4 birdie! I got really lucky though. I made it on the 5th hole, the 340 yard uphill par-4 with the slight dogleg right. My tee shot with my driver sliced right into the small trees on the hill. My walk to go find my ball took me to the edge of the green. I must have gotten a lucky bounce and carried the ball all the way up the hill and then down a small hill to the edge of green. Prior to this, I didn’t even realize the hole was a slight dogleg. I chipped the ball perfectly, rolling the ball to within 2 feet of the hole, then the putt was pretty simple: straight and flat. The birdie also knocks off another item off of my 2010 goal list.

I shot a 39 for the round, which was 10 over par. I made one birdie, five bogeys, and three double bogeys. Obviously, I was pleased with the round, since I made the birdie, but my irons still need a bit of work so I can get comfortable with them.

White Mountain Executive Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 1,586 (white tee boxes)
Course par: 29
Course rating: 27.1 (white tee boxes)
My score: 29 (10 over par)

White Mountain Executive Golf Course
9901 W. 179th Street
Tinley Park, IL 60487