Another weekend of chilly, wet April golf brings me to the golf course at Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, Illinois, located approximately 25 miles northwest of Chicago. The course, which opened in 1932, features four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 6,017 yards from the back tees. The fairways are formed from rolling hills, surrounded by large trees, and are mostly straight, with the exception of 16th hole, a 311 yard par-4, that has a left-to-right sloped fairway before a left dogleg. Water touches six of the holes, including the 6th hole, a 201 yard par-3, and the 7th hole, a 476 yard par-5, where you must carry over a small creek. The largest body of water touches the left edges of the 7th hole and the 10th hole, a 538 yard par-5. Sand traps are found on every hole, both near the fairways and the greens. The greens are challenging, with consistent slopes and noticeable breaks. All the greens look well maintained, with the exception of the the 13th hole, a 91 yard par-3 (yes… 91 yards… from the back tees), which was probably still healing after the winter.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I joined the Windy City Golf League, and this weekend was the first weekend of season play. So for this round, I joined two members of my flight in the league, Don and Phil, and one of Phil’s acquaintances, Travis. I was really looking forward to the round. Over the last week, I got a chance to go to the driving range, and I started to feel comfortable and confident with my shots. Also, since two of the people in the round were part of the league, I knew that they would be around my skill level.

I started the round very strongly. Although my drives were still slightly slicing or pushing right, I was able to keep my shots in play, and I was making solid contact with my irons. Through the first six holes, I looked as if I was on track to break 100. Then… I got to the 7th hole, the 476 yard par-5 with the small water hazard in front of the tee box. I duffed my drive, sending it straight into the water. I stepped away from the tee box, letting the rest of the people in my group tee off, then I took another drive, and did the exact same thing. Luckily for the next shot, they allowed me to drop in front of the water. After those two drives, my game went downhill. I ended up shooting double bogey or worse the rest of the round.

I think I ended up reverting to my old ways after the end of the 6th hole. I was duffing my drives, topping the ball a lot, and making inaccurate shots. My putting was making things worse. I 3-putted nine times, and only 1-putted once.

I ended up shooting a 122 (50 over par), which broke down to a 57 on the front nine and a 65 on the back nine. Through the first 6 holes, I had two pars, and was only 8 over par. I consistently shot 6’s, 7’s and 8’s on the back nine, which was all double bogey or worse. Don and Phil ended up shooting about the same, which was around 100. I wasn’t really keeping track of how Travis played.

I don’t have much more to say about this round. I really enjoyed the course, and I would love to come back and play it again. I wish I could have played a little better, but that’s how things go sometimes.

Eaglewood Resort & Spa – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,410 yards (silver tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 66.3/115 (silver tee boxes)
My score: 122 (50 over par)

Eaglewood Resort & Spa
1401 Nordic Road
Itasca, IL 60143