It’s officially Spring in Chicago, so the golf season is in full force (even though it went full force many weeks ago). This weekend, I traveled to Woodridge, Illinois for a round at Village Greens of Woodridge, located approximately 28 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. The course, which opened in 1959, is the only golf course that is owned by the Village of Woodridge and managed by the Woodridge Park District.

The course features the standard four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 6,638 yards from the back tees. For this round, only the middle white tees were set up, knocking nearly 400 yards off the total length. The fairways are generally open and straight, formed from rolling hills and surrounded by medium- and large-sized trees. Two of the par-5 holes, the 6th (503 yards) and the 18th (536 yards), have a slight dogleg, and the 12th hole (a 358 yard par-4) is a 90 degree dogleg. Water hazards touch nine of the holes, two of which, including the 18th and 11th (a 523 yard par-5), you must carry your tee shot over. Bunkers are found on all holes, both near the fairways and next to the greens. The undulating greens and pin placement should offer a challenge for all levels. For the most part, the course looked in great condition, aside from a couple areas away from the fairways that were part of a recent controlled burn. I’d imagine that by the summer months, those areas would be back to normal.

I’ll quickly mention that, in my opinion, Village Greens of Woodridge has one the widest range of offerings, events, deals, and promotions that I have seen out of a Chicagoland golf course. For example, in 2010 they started the “1000 1st Swings” program, a free program that’s meant to introduce kids to the game of golf. Supported by a grant received by the Woodridge Park District, the course provides clubs (kids clubs) and range balls for free to those interested in teaching kids the game of golf. Though they have far exceeded the goal of 1000 participants since the start of the program, they still continue to promote people to teach golf to kids. For the deal savvy, last year Village Greens launched the “$9.99 9-hole Value Days“, which offers preselected tee times for a 9-hole round for $9.99. That’s a pretty good deal if you only have time for a quick 9-hole.

For this round, I was joined by Adam (who’s finally starting to use his driver), Markus, and our friend Rickard. Even though he would disagree with me, when he’s playing his best game, Rickard could probably carry a single-digit handicap.

As for my game, I don’t think it was too bad. My drives were pretty decent on the front nine, then got more random on the back nine. Only sliced my drive twice throughout the round, but pushed and pulled it more often. I’m starting to get better and more consistent shots with my fairway wood, though I do tend to push them. I need to work on my irons on grass a little more. My practice swings with my irons are good, but when I take the shot, I think I’m overpowering my swing and coming down too steep. I’m still pretty happy with my wedges, though a new set of wedges would be nice to have. My putting was decent; better on the front nine than the back nine. I ended up 1-putting five times (four of those on the front nine) and 3-putting two times (both on the back nine).

I shot a 98 for the round (26 over par, 48 on the front nine, 50 on the back nine), which consisted of 3 pars, 7 bogeys, 6 double bogeys, and all others worse. If it wasn’t for a couple risky shots, my score could have been much lower. In any case, it’s good to see a score like this again.

Village Greens of Woodridge – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,290 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 70.1/122 (white tee boxes)
My score: 98 (26 over par)

Village Greens of Woodridge
1575 West 75th Street
Woodridge, IL 60517