It’s not very often that I get time to play a round of golf during the week. Luckily, a couple days before my wedding, I got a chance to get out and play Pheasant Run Resort Golf Course. Pheasant Run, which opened in 1961, is located in St. Charles, Illinois, approximately 30 miles west of downtown Chicago. Guests of the resort also have special access to Prairie Landing Links Course, which is located just south of Pheasant Run.

The course features five par-3 and five par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 6,424 yards from the back tees. The fairways are straight and flat, and are surrounded by large trees that, on many holes, make the fairways feel very narrow. Only the 1st hole (a 543 yard par-5, the most difficult hole on the course) has a slight dogleg right to it, which closely wraps around a small pond. Water hazards touch twelve of the holes, about half of which you’ll need to carry over water at some point on your way to the green. Bunkers are found on nearly all holes, mostly near the greens, and seemed to be in good condition. The greens are of average size and didn’t seem to be too challenging.

Since this was a weekday round, I didn’t have any of my usual golf buddies available to join me, so I showed up to the course and got put in a group with three other people: Rick, who is a regular at the course, and Lynn & Jim, who are father & son. All three were very nice, and it seemed they played around my level, maybe just a little better, so it wasn’t too bad playing with them.

For the most part, this was a good round for me. My drives mostly pushed right on the front nine, then got straighter on the back nine where it really mattered. The trees made the tee shots difficult on the 11th hole (a 540 yard par-5) and the 16th hole (a 512 yard par-5), and I somehow managed to keep my drive straight on both of those holes. My iron shots were not the best. I’m still hitting right, which I think is because I’m not following through with my swing. My wedge shots were about average, and my putting was a little less than average. I 1-putted three times and 3-putted seven times.

I ended up shooting a 106 (34 over par, 55 on the front nine, 51 on the back nine). I had a lot of potential to break 100 in this round, but my 3-putting and a couple penalty shots on the 1st hole prevented that. Throughout the round, I made one par, six bogeys, seven double bogeys, and all others worse. Even though my score was similar to my previous rounds, I still felt like I played a good round. I think hitting straight drives helps… I just need to get my iron shots to get straighter.

Pheasant Run Resort Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,952 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 68.5/117 (white tee boxes)
My score: 106 (34 over par)

Pheasant Run Resort Golf Course
4051 East Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174