Another weekend round of autumn golf takes me to Fountain Hills Golf Club in Alsip, Illinois, located approximately 20 miles south of Chicago. Fountain Hills is the only golf course owned and operated by the Alsip Park District. Compared to other courses in the Chicagoland area, this is a relatively new course that opened in 1995.

The 9-hole course features two par-3 and two par-5 holes, with a total par of 36 at a length of 3,233 yards from the back tees. The rolling fairways are surrounded by various-sized trees and hills. The fairways are mostly straight, with this exception of the 6th hole, a 517 yard par-4, that doglegs close to the green. Water hazards, all of which are small ponds, touch six holes. Mostly notably, there is water on both sides of the 9th hole, a 340 yard par-4, where shots must be placed accurately, from the tee shot to the approach shot. A minimal amount of sand traps are found on almost all the holes, mostly near the greens. The greens are large and generally flat. Any challenges on the greens come from the pitch of the greens. I didn’t really notice any complicated breaks on the greens. As expected this time of year at park district courses, the grass around the greens could use a bit of maintenance.

I played this round with Susie (from the round at Villa Olivia), and two other members of the Chicago Co-Ed Golf Meetup Group, Rosa and Ann. I’d say we were all about the same skill level. We all had our good shots and our bad shots, and, in the end, I think we all scored about the same. We ended up playing the course twice, since the replay fee was pretty cheap.

I feel like I played some decent rounds, not the best, but not the worst. My drives were random again, but mostly sliced right. Throughout the round, I tried different things to get my drives to straighten up. The things that I think worked the best was making sure I had the proper grip, keeping my elbows together, and following through after hitting the ball. Near the middle of the second round (the replay), my drives were starting to straighten up. I felt really comfortable with my iron shots. I was making solid contact, getting good distance, and placing the balls very accurately. It was probably the first time I felt like I could hit with my irons without worrying about topping or duffing the ball. My chip shots were decent also, usually setting me up for a short putt. My putting was very random. The greens seemed to be fast on most holes, but slow on others.

For the first round, I shot a 51 (15 over par) with five bogeys and two double bogeys. I 1-putted twice and 3-putted three times. For the second round, I shot a 50 (14 over par) with two pars, one bogey, and five double bogeys. I 1-putted once and 3-putted twice.

So that’s another round, and it may be my last round for the season, unless we get a nice weekend in late-October or early-November. Who knows… maybe I’ll find a couple people to play a round of winter golf with me. That should be fun.

Fountain Hills Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 3,061 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 36
Course rating/slope: 34.3/109 (white tee boxes)
My first round score: 51 (15 over par)
My second round score: 50 (14 over par)

Fountain Hills Golf Club
12601 S Kedzie Ave
Alsip, IL 60803