Once again, another weekend of April golf, but this time, it’s a damp one. For this round, I played at Oak Meadows Golf Club in Addison, Illinois. Oak Meadows, located approximately 20 miles northwest of Chicago, is owned by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, which also owns Green Meadows Golf Club (a 9-hole course) in Westmont and Maple Meadows Golf Club (an 18-hole and 9-hole course) in Wood Dale. I played Maple Meadows in October of 2009. Of the three golf courses owned by DuPage Forest Preserve, Oak Meadows is the oldest course, opening in 1923. The course was originally built as the private Elmhurst Country Club, which hosted the 1941 Chicago Open where Ben Hogan won over Sam Snead. In February of 2009, a fire gutted the main clubhouse, and only until recently, work has started to demolish the clubhouse, in order to build a new one.

The course features three par-3 holes and two par-5 holes for a total par of 71 at a length of 6,718 yards from the back tees. The fairways are mostly straight and open, with some occasional rolling hills, and are surrounded by large trees. Water hazards touch eight of the holes, six of which you must carry over. For the 16th hole, a 129 yard par-3, water surrounds all side of the green, turning it into somewhat of an island green, but there is plenty of space between the green and the water if you happen to mishit your shot. Sand traps are found on all holes, mostly around the greens. The greens are pretty open and flat. A couple of the greens looked like they had some challenging breaks, but they didn’t play that way.

As I first mentioned, the course was very wet, due to a couple days of rain during the week. Many areas of the course were flooded, creating even more water hazards. For the 3rd hole, a 371 yard par-4, a large body of water flooded the middle of the fairway, right where the 150 yard stake sits. Because of this, the tee boxes were moved in front of the water, turning the hole into a par-3. So technically, the course was a par 70. Even though the water level on the real water hazards were higher than normal, it didn’t seem like the course had proper drainage. So if you play the course after a couple days of rain, expect there to be more water hazards than normal.

I played this round with Felix, another member of the Windy City Golf League. As expected, Felix and I were around the same skill level, so the round turned out to be pretty fun. Before we teed-off, another gentlemen joined us (but I can’t remember his name). He was pretty good, and definitely had a handicap in the single digits. Luckily, he was very patient with Felix and I, which was nice.

I actually played better this weekend compared to the rest of my April rounds. My drives were random; sometimes slicing right, sometimes pushing left, and sometimes right in the middle of the fairway. I did have a couple duffed drives, and I think I know exactly what I was doing. Early in the round, I was noticing I was leaning back after hitting the ball, and that led to some of the randomness. Later in the round, I tried to focus on following through the correct way, and I noticed my drives improved. My iron shots were better. I didn’t top the ball as much, and I made some solid contact, even though I was a little inaccurate with my shots. I thought my chipping and approach shots were also better, and I was starting to get comfortable with my wedges. My putting was also random. I don’t think I was doing anything terribly wrong. I just wasn’t sinking putts. I ended up 1-putting once and 3-putting five times.

I ended up shooting a 109 (39 over par, since it was a par 70), which broke down to a 50 on the front nine and a 59 on the back nine. Throughout the round, I hit one par, four bogeys, six double-bogeys, and seven others. I actually had a chance to get par on a couple more holes, but I messed it up by either not getting the ball out of the sand or 3-putting. Felix shot a 115 (53 on the front nine, 62 on the back nine), so it was a fun, competitive round for both of us.

Oak Meadows Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,307 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 71 (70 due to weather)
Course rating/slope: 70.0/123 (white tee boxes)
My score: 109 (39 over par)

Oak Meadows Golf Club
900 North Wood Dale Road
Addison, IL 60101