Archive for June 2011

White Pines Golf Club – East Course

Posted by cjsharp1 on June 11, 2011 in Courses 0 Comments

Over the weekend, I played the second course at White Pines Golf Club: the East course. White Pines Golf Club is located in Bensenville, Illinois, approximately 25 miles northwest of Chicago, and is part of the Bensenville Park District. The golf club offers two 18-hole courses: the West course, a 6,624 yard par-72 course, and the East course, a 6,371 yard par-70 course. The golf club also runs the White Pines Golf Dome from the end of October to the beginning of May.

The East course features five par-3 and three par-5 holes. From what I’ve been told (and from what I experienced), the East course is more difficult than the West course. The fairways are narrower compared to the West course, and the par-4’s seem to be a bit longer. Similar to the West course, the fairways are relatively flat and surrounded by large trees. Water touches 13 holes, mostly in the form of small creeks that you could jump over. Water hazards are much bigger on the 11th hole, a 192 yard par-3, the 12th hole, a 355 yard par-4, and the 13th hole, a 183 yard par-3. On those three holes, you’ll need to carry your tee shot over a pond. Sand traps are found on all holes, either near the fairways or the greens, or both. The greens are standard size and don’t seem to be too difficult, though when I played, the pin placement seemed to be fairly challenging. All-in-all, the course seemed very well maintained, although the grass was a little higher than normal (the other guys in my round had this complaint also).

I played this round with three members in my league flight from the Windy City Golf League: Kent, David, and Felix (same guy from my round at Oak Meadows). As expected, we all played around the same level, but some of us seemed to have a little more luck than others.

I think I was the one with the least luck. I had a lot of trouble with keeping my drives straight and/or finding sliced balls. My tee shot on the 1st hole, a 401 yard par-4, was actually the best amongst the group, but it still pushed right, then somehow, I couldn’t find the ball. I ended up losing two balls on the 17th hole, a 547 yard par-5 that doglegs right but has a high fence (out of bounds) down the side of the fairway. I ended up marking five penalty shots throughout the round. Slicing by drives wasn’t bad enough; I couldn’t hit my iron shots straight either… they also went right! Aside from that, I found myself chunking the ball a couple times (and to think I had a problem topping the ball less than a year ago). My approach shots and chip were random, but still felt better than my iron shots, and my putting was decent, but nothing spectacular.

I ended up shooting a 112 for the round (42 over par), with a 57 on the front nine and a 55 on the back nine. My round consisted of one par, one bogey, and a bunch of double bogeys or worse.  I made way too many double bogeys. I 1-putted five times and 3-putted six times. Kent shot a 110, Felix shot a 103, and David shot a 102 (with a birdie on the 5th hole, a 289 yard par-4). I was really hoping to shoot in the 100’s (and of course I wanted to break 100), since I played so well during my last round at Hickory Hills. Maybe that round (or this round) was just a fluke. Maybe I was just over-confident. Maybe it was the high grass. Or maybe it’s just a tough course.

White Pines Golf Club – East Course – Scores & Stats
East course length: 5,893 yards (white tee boxes)
East course par: 70
East course rating/slope: 69.0/122 (white tee boxes)
My score: 112 (42 over par)

White Pines Golf Club
500 West Jefferson
Bensenville, IL 60106

“How to Grip the Club like Tiger Woods”

Posted by cjsharp1 on June 5, 2011 in Videos 0 Comments

My colleague, Markus, tipped me onto this video regarding the different types of golf grips. The video is a bit old (or at least, it looks that way), and the production quality is poor, but it’s the content that matters. I think it’s definitely worth a watch.

Hickory Hills Golf Club – South Course

Posted by cjsharp1 on June 4, 2011 in Courses 5 Comments

On Sunday, before a storm rolled through the area, I managed to squeeze in an early morning round with Adam at Hickory Hills Golf Club in Hickory Hills, Illinois. The course is located approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. Opening in 1915, Hickory Hills features two courses: the South course, a 18-hole championship course, and the North course, a 9-hole executive course (which is just long enough to count for the project). For this round, Adam and I played the South course.

The South course of Hickory Hills consists of five par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 71 at a length of 6,018 yards from the back tees. There are actually only two sets of tees (the men’s white tees and the women’s red tees), and the width of the tee boxes are very large. The fairways are hilly, open, straight, and surrounded by large trees. Water touches four holes, mostly down the right side of the fairway. You’ll only need to carry a small patch of water on the 7th hole, a 172 yard par-3. Sand traps are found on only four holes, and only near the greens. The greens are fairly large with decent slopes and challenging breaks.

Throughout the round, Adam and I had to deal with dense fog and light rain. For most of the round, you couldn’t see more than 200 yards in front of you. The fairways were pretty wet, the grass was a little higher than normal, and the speed of the greens were random. Other than that, the course looked to be in great condition.

Surprisingly, the fog and rain didn’t hurt my game. I actually played pretty well. I tried something different with my grip during my drives, and, for the most part, my drives seemed to straighten up. I managed to hit over half of the fairways throughout the round, which is something that is not common of me to do. My iron shots were OK. The high, wet grass gave me some issues in some areas, but overall, I was pretty happy with my iron shots. I felt my approach shots and chips were good too. I’ve definitely seen them improve over the last couple of rounds. My putting was random, as expected since the greens were wet. I 1-putted two times and 3-putted six times (mostly on the front nine). I did manage to 1-putt for par from the fringe about 30 feet out from the hole on the 6th hole, a 451 yard par-5. Anytime I can make par on a par-5, I’m happy.

I ended up shooting a 101, which was 30 over par (52 on the front nine, 49 on the back nine), and Adam shot a 109. This was my best round of the season, and my best round ever on a full 18-hole course (I did shoot a 101 when I played the 9-hole Fountain Hills course twice). Throughout the round, I made three pars, five bogeys, six double-bogeys, and four others, including two 4-overs. I was really hoping to hit a goal for the year by shooting four pars in one round. I ended up making bogey on the last three holes, so I was pretty close. Obviously, I could have broken 100 if it wasn’t for a penalty or a couple of duffs. Once again, it’s just a matter of time.

Hickory Hills Golf Club – South Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,018 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 71
Course rating/slope: 67.9/116 (white tee boxes)
My score: 101 (30 over par)
Adam’s score: 109 (38 over par)

Hickory Hills Golf Club
8125 W. 95th Street
Hickory Hills, IL 60457

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