I’m a way behind on this post. Last month, Markus and I traveled out to Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge, Illinois, approximately 30 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. The course, which opened in 1991, was designed by Richard P. Nugent, a well-known golf course architect who also designed many other top courses in Chicagoland, including Harborside International Golf Center and Klein Creek Golf Club, and remodeled even more courses in Chicagoland, including Course No. 3 at Medinah Country Club.

The course features four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 7,111 yards from the back tees. There is a big difference between the front nine and the back nine, mostly because of the amount of water found on the back nine. The fairways throughout are mostly open and flat, surrounded by medium-sized trees. You’ll find a lot of water on this course. On the front nine, water touches five of the holes, four of which you’ll need to carry over. On the back nine, water touches every hole, and you’ll need to carry over water on every hole. Bunkers are found on nearly every hole, both near the fairways or the greens. The greens are challenging, with steady slopes and interesting breaks.

I think Seven Bridges is a great course. It’s a beautiful course with plenty of challenges for all levels. I think it’s one of the best courses I’ve played in the Chicago area, and I would recommend anyone to play this course.

I should note that one of the main reasons Markus and I decided to play this course was because of the fall season greens fees. During peak season, the greens fees for Seven Bridges can be around $100. During the fall season, they drop the greens fees to around $60, which is a much more affordable price for golfers around my level. And luckily, the weather in the fall season can be very nice for golf, so playing in the fall isn’t that big of a deal. But still, if you decide to play during the summer or during the fall, I think Seven Bridges is worth it. The starters and rangers are very nice, the carts have a much more advanced GPS system compared to other courses, and the layout of the course is beautiful.

I feel like I played a decent round. As you could imagine, I played much better on the front nine than the back nine. My drives on the front nine were straighter or pushed right, while my drives on the back nine were more random. Maybe the water was messing with my mental game, or maybe I was just getting tired. My irons shots were pretty random accuracy-wise throughout the round, but I was at least keeping consistent on distance. I noticed that my distances dropped a bit, and I think that was because I’m consistently taking divots (compare this with my game 1-2 years ago, where I was always topping the ball). I feel my wedge shots were good, but I still need to work on getting my distance a little more accurate. I’m fully set on researching and buying new wedges for next season. My putting was about average. I 1-putted once and 3-putted five times. The only 1-putt came on the 6th hole (a 183 yard par-3; 150 yards from the white tees), where I somehow sank putt from about 30′ away, giving me another birdie for the year.

I shot a 105 for the round (33 over par, 48 on the front nine, 57 on the back nine). This consisted of one birdie, six bogeys, five double bogeys, and six triple bogeys (mostly on the back nine). I’m perfectly fine walking away with a 105 on this course. With all the water, I’m surprised my score wasn’t higher.

Seven Bridges Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,306 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 70.4/131 (white tee boxes)
My score: 105 (33 over par)

Seven Bridges Golf Club
One Mulligan Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517