This weekend, before the rain started, Adam and I were able to squeeze in a quick 9-hole round at Flagg Creek Golf Course. Flagg Creek is located in Countryside, Illinois, near the corner of the I-55 and I-294 intersection, approximately 25 miles southwest of Chicago. The land that Flagg Creek sits on was originally developed as an 18-hole course in the 1920’s called the Maple Crest. In the 50’s, the development of the Tri State Tollway forced the course to lose some of their land, decreasing it to a 12-hole course. In the 80’s, the Pleasant Dale Park District and City of Countryside purchased the land in order to save it from being turned into a condominium/retail development. In 1993, the Maple Crest was plowed down, redesigned to a 9-hole course, and opened as Flagg Creek Golf Course.

Flagg Creek consists of four par-3 and one par-5 holes for a total par of 33 at a length of 2,493 yards from the back tees. The course closely wraps itself around a lighted driving range, and on some of the holes, specifically the 1st hole (a 331 yard par-4) and the 7th hole (a 309 yard par-4), a sliced tee shot could have a good chance of landing among a sea of yellow range balls. The fairways are formed from rolling hills, are mostly open and straight, and are surrounded by large trees and more rolling hills. Water touches five holes, none of which you need to carry over, but three of which the water lies very close to the line of play. Sand traps are found on eight of the holes, mostly greenside bunkers. A good number of the bunkers are fairly deep, almost resembling the deep pot bunkers you’d see in links-style courses. The greens are average in size with steady slopes and challenging breaks. The whole course, from the tee boxes to the fairways and greens, including the rough and the sand traps, looks very well maintained, almost to the level you’d see at an expensive or private course.

In my opinion, Flagg Creek is a beautiful 9-hole course, and many people agree. Since its opening in 1993, Flagg Creek has received numerous awards and recognitions as being one of the best 9-hole courses in the Chicagoland area and in Illinois.

I don’t really want to bog down this post by talking too much about how my round went. I wish I could say I played as beautifully as the course looks. I’ll just say that most of my tee shots went right, my iron shots were mediocre, my approach shots were pretty good, and my putting was random. I went into this round with a different mindset compared to a round that would count toward my golf league. I figured I’d try a little more aggressive approach, taking shots that I shouldn’t normally take (but would probably end up taking anyway). In the end, I was reminded that I really need to think more about course management, and not always take an aggressive shot.

I ended up shooting a 57 for the round (24 over par), with only one bogey and all others worse. I 1-putted once and 3-putted twice. Adam shot a 49 (16 over par), which wasn’t so bad for his first time out this season. We ended up finishing the round in about 1.5 hours (I’ve read that on nice days, the course will fill up, and play time could be much longer than that).

I highly recommend playing this course. Even though is it somewhat of a short 9-hole course, the standard weekend greens free ($20, walking) is very fair for the quality and challenge the course offers.

Flagg Creek Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 2,493 yards (blue tee boxes)
Course par: 33
Course rating/slope: 31.9/104 (blue tee boxes)
My score: 57 (24 over par)

Flagg Creek Golf Course
6939 S. Wolf Rd.
Countryside, IL 60525