Continuing the golfing weekend, I made my way up to Hilldale Golf Club in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, approximately 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Hilldale opened in 1970 and was designed by the famous golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. This is one of two golf courses in Illinois that was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., with the other being the 9-hole Pottawatomie Golf Course in St. Charles. Prior to a golf course, the land Hilldale sits on was a sportsman’s club owned by the famous retailer, Marshall Field.
The course features four par-3 and three par-5 holes for a total par of 71 at a length of 6,432 yards from the back tees. The course weaves its way around a large area of Hoffman Estates, looping around the building for the Village of Hoffman Estates, and coming really close to Interstate 90. The fairways are somewhat hilly and mostly open, surrounded by large trees and a good amount of water. Water hazards touch 13 of the holes, and you’ll need to carry over water many times, either on your tee shot or on your way to the green. The 12th hole (a 345 yard par-4) is a dogleg right that has a small creek cutting through the fairway halfway to the green where the hole turns. On your tee shot, you could either play it safe and aim short left, or you could risk landing in a fairway bunker or the water hazard by aiming right. The course offer many opportunities like this to be strategic with your shots. Bunkers are located on nearly every hole, either near the fairways, near the greens, or both. The bunkers are generally large and kept in good condition. The undulating greens offer very challenging breaks and played pretty fast during my round.
For this round, Markus and I were joined by Eddy, who was playing his first round for the season.
I didn’t have the best round, as the issues from the back nine of my previous round were still present. My drives were very random and rarely straight, and I still felt uncomfortable during my swing. I only managed to hit the fairway five times throughout the round, and was consistently pushing right or pulling left (luckily, I didn’t slice any of my drives). My irons were still giving me issues, and I couldn’t seem to make any solid shots. My accuracy and distance with my irons were very random throughout the round. Though, much like my previous round, my short game helped me keep my scores low, and I felt pretty comfortable with my wedges. I had a lot of issues with my putting, and the speed and challenge of the greens did not help. I didn’t have any 1-putts, but only 3-putted three times.
I ended up shooting a 101 (30 over par, 52 on the front nine, 49 on the back nine). I was really hoping to keep my score under 100, but I had way too many double bogeys. My score consisted of two pars, four bogeys, ten double bogeys, and two triple bogeys. Markus shot an 84, and I didn’t catch Eddy’s score, though I know he played better than me (I know this because I lost $15 to him).
That ends the second round for the weekend. At this point, I’m hoping my drives and irons shots will improve. At least I know what I need to focus more on during my next round.
Hilldale Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,931 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 71
Course rating/slope: 69.4/130 (white tee boxes)
My score: 101 (30 over par)