It’s the start of another golfing weekend, and I have a nice lineup of courses to play. I started the weekend at Glendale Lakes Golf Club in Glendale Heights, Illinois. Glendale Lakes, which opened in 1987, is located approximately 25 miles west of downtown Chicago.

The course features five par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 71 at a length of 6,186 yards from the back tees. The rolling fairways are surrounded by small hills and medium-sized trees. The course in general can be described as “target golf”, where as all your shots need to be precisely hit at a certain distance and direction in order to stay in the fairways and to make par. Instead of one long fairway, each hole is instead made up of patches of fairway, so it is not uncommon to find taller grass (rough) 50-100 yards from the hole in the middle of the fairway. The fairways are also narrow in some cases, mostly due to the water hazards that touch them, making the target golfing even more difficult. Water hazards touch 11 of the holes, mostly along the right side of the fairways (houses are found along the left side of the fairways). If you play your shots right, you only need to carry the water once, on the 3rd hole (a 174 yard par-3). The fairways sit pretty closely to the water. Bunkers are found on almost all holes, mostly near the greens. The greens are pretty challenging, formed from constant slopes and random breaks.

Honestly, the course itself and its surroundings are beautiful, and it has a lot of potential to be a top notch course, but it just doesn’t feel like it’s properly maintained. Nearly all the fairways had an area marked out or roped off as under repair, with patches of grass that looked sunburned, and the greens felt really soft and lumpy (the grass on the greens seemed high to me). During my round, they were also testing a new drainage system on the 2nd hole (a 503 yard par-5), so they moved the tee box up nearly 300 yards, turning it into a short par-4 or a long par-3 (we made it a par-4, because it was still a dogleg right with a tree blocking the right side). Most of the bunkers seemed to be in good condition, but there were a couple that looked like they needed some work.

I played this round with Susie, Markus (my co-worker) and Patrick (a friend of Markus). Both Markus and Patrick are pretty good, probably with handicaps in the low 10’s, but even they had difficulty with the course.

So as you could imagine, I had a lot of difficutly. I started the round using my driver, but quickly realized that sticking with the driver was probably not the best idea. I had troubles slicing again, or hitting the ball thin and low. I ended up switching to my fairway wood many times, which needed work anyway, and that helped a little. If anything, it made my tee shot a little shorter and contained, which allowed me to hit some fairways. I was also having trouble with my irons, either chunking them, hitting them thin, or slicing them right. My wedge play was pretty good, which was nice, and my putting was random due to the quality and speed of the greens. I 1-putted twice and 3-putted five times.

I ended up shooting a 110 for the round, which was 40 over par (par 70 due to the work on the 2nd hole; 50 on the front nine, 60 on the back). Even though I had a difficult round, I did somehow make a birdie on the 4th hole (a 295 yard par-4) and a par on the 6th hole (a 139 yard par-3). Outside of those, I made 3 bogeys and all others worse than that. I can’t really say too much from here. The course was difficult for me, and my play just made it more difficult. All I can do is learn from my mistakes and move on to the next round in this golfing weekend.

Glendale Lakes Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,898 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 70 (originally 71)
Course rating/slope: 68.6/122 (white tee boxes)
My score: 110 (40 over par)

Glendale Lakes Golf Club
1550 President Street
Glendale Heights, IL 60139