I wrapped up the golfing weekend by traveling down to Tuckaway Golf Club in Crete, Illinois. Tuckaway Golf Club, located approximately 35 miles south of downtown Chicago, is one of the farthest south courses in my project. The course opened in 1960.

The course features four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 70 at a length of 6,192 yards from the back tees. The fairways are flat for some holes and very hilly for other holes. On the 1st hole (a 365 yard par-4), you tee off going downhill, then approach the green going uphill. Also, on some of the holes, you tee off blindly, either not able to see the landing area in the fairway, or the pin on the green. The 4th hole (a 378 yard dogleg right par-4) is notable because you tee off going uphill, and you’re not able to see the landing area, or even the group in front of you. There is a bell positioned at the bend that the group in front of you will (hopefully) ring to let you know it’s safe to tee off (throughout the front nine, you’ll occasionally hear the bell). About half of the holes, mostly on the front nine, are slight doglegs. Water hazards are near three holes, but only really touch the right side of the 17th hole (a 494 yard par-5). Bunkers are sparse (just five holes) and are only near the greens. The greens are of average size, and contain some challenging breaks. Most of the challenge in this course comes from the hills.

As a side note, be careful when driving to the course. Tuckaway’s driving range and practice area sits right next to the road, and there is no netting to stop errant hooked balls.

I played this round with Susie, and similar to my round at Ravisoe Country Club, we had to deal with some rain. Luckily it was pretty sporatic with no lightening, so we were able to play through the round without needing to seek shelter.

I wish my score more closely reflected how I felt I played. My driving was actually a lot better than my two previous rounds. Over half of my tee shots with my driver hit the fairway, which is not common for me. If I didn’t hit the fairway, it just pushed right, instead of slicing. I think the reason for this was because I was trying to focus on proper weight transfer and hitting through my tee shots. I did have some trouble with my irons. For some reason, I’m starting to hit them right a lot. Knowing anything, I’m probably not hitting through my iron shots (I guess I can only be good at one thing at a time). Luckily, my approach and chip shots were decent. I feel like I’m starting to get consistent with those shots. My putting was OK; I had a lot of putts that should have gone in but didn’t. I could have probably broken 100 if my putting was better (if the ball actually went into the hole). I ended up 1-putting once and 3-putting five times.

I ended up shooting a 108 (36 over par, 53 on the front nine, 55 on the back nine). This consisted of six bogeys and a lot of double and triple bogeys.

So I finished the weekend shooting three similar rounds: 110 at Glendale Lakes, 106 at Ravisloe, and 108 at Tuckaway. I wish my scores were a little lower, but at least I was somewhat consistent.

Tuckaway Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,037 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 69.0/115 (white tee boxes)
My score: 108 (36 over par)

Tuckaway Golf Club
27641 South Stoney Island Avenue
Crete, IL 60417