It seems like a yearly thing now where I somehow play a course twice (or more) in one season, and if I felt my first round was bad, I’ll designate the second round as a “redemption” round. Two years ago, the “redemption” round was at Bonnie Dundee Golf Course (even though it was a field trip course), and last year it was the South Course at Silver Lake Country Club. Both years, I’ve was successful at bettering my score. So another weekend of golf begins at Carriage Greens Country Club for my “redemption” round.

I previously played this course at the beginning of the season (when it was still pretty cold and windy). As I stated in the post for the previous round, Carriage Greens is located in Darien, Illinois, approximately 24 miles southwest from downtown Chicago. The course features four par-3 and two par-5 holes for a total par of 70 at a length of 6,395 yards from the back tees. The fairways are mostly flat and open, and are surrounded by medium- to large-sized trees. Water hazards touch 11 of the holes, six of which you’ll need to carry over. Sand traps are found on nearly every hole, either near the fairway or the green, and typically not both. The greens are a decent size, and contain just slight breaks.

I played this round again with Susie. I’ll note that we had difficulty finding the tee box for the 1st hole. When you come out of the “cart corral”, there are no signs directing you to the 1st hole. Common golf course navigation skills will probably take you to the tee box for the 10th hole. The 1st hole is actually across the parking lot next to the “cart corral”, and across the street. Anyway, when we got to the first tee, we got paired up with another twosome, Joe and Daniel, two friends that play around our same level.

I played a much better round this time. My drives were not always straight, but mostly pushed right and landed not too far from the fairway. My iron shots saw somewhat of an improvement. I tried to focus on making a nice smooth shot and following through without overpowering my shot. My wedge shots were decent also. I think I need to start focusing on distance with my wedge shots, which is something I sometimes go in blindly when making my shots. I usually have a good idea about which wedge to use for a 50 yard shot vs a 90 yard shot, but aside from that, I usually just hit and hope I’m on the green. I think next season I might look into getting new wedges, where I can be a little more accurate. My putting was about average. I 1-putted five times and 3-putted twice.

I shot a 99 for the round (29 over par, 47 on the front nine, 52 on the back nine). This consisted of one par, eight bogeys, six double bogeys, and all others triple bogeys. I’m pretty happy I didn’t shoot any worse than a triple bogey. On the last round here, I shot a 114, so this round is a far better improvement, and keeps with the trend of me getting my yearly redemption.

Carriage Greens Country Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,011 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 69.7/122 (white tee boxes)
My score: 99 (29 over par)

Carriage Greens Country Club
8700 Carriage Greens Drive
Darien, IL 60561