To conclude a weekend of golf, I headed down to Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete, Illinois, approximately 32 miles south of downtown Chicago. The course was designed by Tom Bendelow, who also designed the three courses at Medinah Country Club, and was opened in 1927 as one of the original four courses at Lincolnshire Country Club.

The course features six par-3 and five par-5 holes for a total par of 71 at a length of 6,186 yards from the back tees. The layout of the course is different than what you’d normally see at most Chicagoland courses. Instead of the course sitting on a solid plot of land or weaving throughout a subdivision, the course flows around a scattering of roads and rural houses. As a result, finding your way from one green to the next tee box maybe a little difficult, and the correct way to the next hole maybe an unmarked path across one of the roads. Also, four of the par-5 holes are intermixed with the three of par-3 holes on the front nine… so enjoy that.

The fairways are mostly straight and open, formed from small rolling hills, with medium- and large-sized trees occasionally along the side of the fairways. Three of the holes, the 9th hole (a 550 yard par-5), the 10th hole (a 348 yard par-4), and the 11th hole (a 185 yard par-3), sit close to the course’s driving range, which is unprotected by netting. An errant tee shot on those holes could place your ball among the sea of range balls (in which case, you’re allowed a free drop). Water hazards are found only on two holes, nether of which you’ll need to carry over the water, as long as you keep your shots straight. Bunkers are found on 17 of the 18 holes, and mixed between near the fairway, near the green, and both. The bunkers could use some work. It seemed liked many of them were just filled with loose dirt instead of sand. Who knows… maybe it was a different type of sand. The greens seemed pretty standard, with nothing overly complicated.

I’ve actually been trying to play this course for over a year now, but it always seems like they have outings on the weekends that take up all the desirable tee times. The first time I tried to play, I actually went to the course as a single, thinking it would be no issue getting a round, but got turned away (I ended up driving up to Glenwoodie Golf Club). The second attempt, I called and got turned down again. I got lucky this time, because they had a couple openings before another outing. Tagging along for this round was a colleague of mine, Eddy.

Much like the weather, my game was struggling to improve throughout the round. I started the front nine pretty badly, then somehow got back into my normal game for the back nine. My drives were very random; I think I only hit four fairways. Luckily, I was able to recover for my second shot. My approach and chip shots were about average, and my putting was random. I 1-putted five times and 3-putted three times.

I ended up shooting a 102 for the round (31 over par, 56 on the front nine, 46 on the back nine). This consisted of one par, six bogeys, eight double bogeys, and all others worse. I guess a 102 doesn’t sound like that bad of a score, considering how I’ve been playing throughout the last couple of rounds. I wish I played the front nine a little better, but it was expected with all the par-5 holes. I think I just need to work more on getting better distance and accuracy with my fairway wood.

Lincoln Oaks Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,013 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 71
Course rating/slope: 68.4/121 (white tee boxes)
My score: 102 (31 over par)

Lincoln Oaks Golf Course
395 East Richton Road
Crete, IL 60417