Wrapping up the weekend, I played a quick round at Stony Creek Golf Course in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Stony Creek, located approximately 20 miles southwest from downtown Chicago, is the only golf course that is a part of Oak Lawn Park District. The course, which opened in 1984, also offers an outdoor driving range with targets, indoor range & golf simulator, and a miniature golf course.

Stony Creek features eight par-3 and one par-5 holes for a total par of 65 at a length of 5,004 yards from the back tees. The fairways are mostly open and formed from rolling hills, with many of the holes surrounded by tall trees. Water hazards touch just three of the holes, but on all three holes, you’ll need to carry the hazard, which is in form of a 20 yard creek that cuts through the fairway. Bunkers are found on all holes, mostly near the greens, and a appear to be kept in good condition. The greens are pretty large, but have challenging slopes and breaks.

For this round, I went alone, but got paired up with two older guys, Ralph and Gary, who knew each other since high school. They were a unique pair, to say the least, and it made the round interesting.

I didn’t play too very well this round. My drives were all over the place, barely stayed straight throughout the whole round, as were my tee shots on the par-3 holes. I had a lot of troubles with my iron shots, and ended up mishitting many of them. I think I was leaning back during the swing, or just trying to overpower the shots. The water hazards gave me some issues too. The area you had to hit through to carry over the water was fairly narrow, so not hitting straight definitely made this worse. Lastly, I had a lot of issues with putting. I could have been rushing my putting a bit, but the greens were still fairly challenging. I 1-putted twice and 3-putted nine times.

I ended up shooting a 98 for the round (33 over par), which really doesn’t sound like a horrible score, but considering all of the par-3’s and the length of the course, it should have been much lower. I just had a lot of problems in areas of my game where I’ve recently seen some improvement. I’m thinking (hoping) that this was just a one-round thing, and that I’ll be back to normal for my next round.

Stony Creek Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 4,424 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 65
Course rating/slope: 60.9/96 (white tee boxes)
My score: 98 (33 over par)

Stony Creek Golf Course
5850 West 103rd Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453