After a couple weeks off for my wedding and honeymoon, I’m getting back on the course for another round of golf. So over the weekend, I headed to Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Crest Hill, Illinois, approximately 32 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. Prairie Bluff opened in 1998, and is the only golf course that is part of the Lockport Township Parks District.

The course features the standard four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 7,007 yards from the back tees. If you play from the white tees (the forward men’s tees), the course length gets cut down to 6,054 yards. As you can expect from the course’s name, the course design is “prairie-style”, where the fairways are formed from small rolling hills with tall grass and seldom trees along the sides. Any trees that you do find will be pretty small, except on the 14th hole (a 421 yard par-4), where a very large tree sits right next to the fairway, nearly blocking your path to the green. The fairways are mostly straight, though you’ll find a couple holes that dogleg left on the back nine. The ground of the fairways were pretty hard (not hard as in difficult) for the round, which helped the balls roll a couple extra yards. Water hazards touch eight of holes, most of which you do not need to carry over, unless you play from the back tees. Bunkers are found on almost all holes, and looked to be in good condition. The greens were of average size and difficulty, but were also hard and bumpy (I think they recently aerated them). Aside from the bumpy greens, I really liked this course. Maybe it’s just the look of “prairie-style” courses, but I personally think Prairie Bluff is a beautiful course.

I played this round with Susie again, and we were put with another twosome: Cory and Louie. Cory was pretty good, and was trying to break 80 for the round (which I don’t think he did), and Louie seemed around my level, with an inconsistent drive but great iron shots.

I felt like I played a pretty good round. The hard fairways definitely helped, giving me extra yards on my tee shots, and allowing me to play a couple bump-and-runs to the greens. My drives were not consistently straight, but also didn’t consistently slice. As usual, my drives tended to push right, and usually ended up a couple yards from the fairway in the rough. My iron shots were about average. I had some great iron shots and I had some horrible iron shots. I know I’m overpowering my iron shots, and that’s just something I need to work on a little more (making my swings like my practice swings). My approach and chip shots were good, and actually, I got lucky once. On the 10th hole (a 387 yard par-4), I overshot the green on my third shot, and landed the ball a couple feet from the green. I ended up hitting my fourth shot too hard, but it bounced once on the green and then into the hole, giving me my first chip-in par. My putting started off pretty bad, but quickly got better. I 1-putted four times and 3-putted twice (on the first two holes).

I shot a 102 for the round (30 over par, 51 on the front nine, 51 on the back nine). This consisted of three pars, seven bogeys, two double bogeys, and all others worse. If it wasn’t for a couple of penalty shots, a four-over par (on the first hole), and a couple mishits, I could have easily broke 100. So… not a bad round at a nice course. I’d definitely play this course again if I had the opportunity.

Prairie Bluff Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,054 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 68.9/116 (white tee boxes)
My score: 102 (30 over par)

Prairie Bluff Golf Course
19433 Renwick Road
Crest Hill, IL 60435