Finishing out the weekend after my golf lesson with Greg Baresel, I headed north to Glencoe, Illinois to play a round at Glencoe Golf Club, located approximately 20 miles north of downtown Chicago. The course was established in 1921 by a group of Glencoe residents, and opened in 1922 with only nine holes (which is currently the front nine). In 1927, the Village of Glencoe purchased additional land next to the course, and the expansion of the back nine was completed in 1930. In 1931, the course put all 18 holes into play. The course is still currently operated by the Village of Glencoe, which is the only golf course operated by the Village.

The course features three par-3 and three par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 6,539 yards from the back tees. When we played the round, there were five sets of tees: the back blue tees, the white tees, the silver tees (which looked very similar to the white tees), the red tees, and the greens tee (which were far forward, probably junior tees). The fairways are mostly open and flat, surrounded my medium and large trees. Nearly all of the fairways are straight, with the exception of the 13th hole (a 412 yard par-4) that doglegs right, and the 17th hole (a 508 yard par-5) that doglegs left. Water hazards touch six of the holes, none of which you’ll need to carry over if you play your shots correctly. You may need to carry over a small pond on the 6th hole (a 359 yard par-4) if your tee shot goes right. Bunkers are found on all but one hole, mostly near the greens. The greens of average size and difficulty. For my round, the speed of the greens were random, but mostly fast. This is one of those courses that I would like to see again near the end of the summer. The course was nice in most areas, but some areas were under repair. I’d imagine that near the end of summer, the course would be beautiful.

For this round, I played with two other of my Windy City Golf League flight members (David and Nick), as well as my friend Mike. I actually played David in the Spring 2011 league during my round at the East Course of White Pines Golf Course. In that round, David beat us all by shooting a 102, and I shot a 112. This ended being a much closer round than that one.

My drives were pretty bad… borderline awful. I felt like my takeaway was correct based off what I learned in my lesson, but I couldn’t seem to make solid contact with the ball. I was either pulling it left, pushing it right, or just completely mishitting the ball. Throughout the round, only four of my tee shots were good (three of those with my driver). Luckily though, my 3 hybrid seemed to work well for me. This was the most I’ve ever played with my hybrid in a round, and it saved me many times. It’s definitely a club I’m going to be using more often. While iron shots were pretty good (much like my previous round at Meadowlark), I seemed to struggle a bit with my wedges, which is not normal for me. My putting was bad… the randomness of the greens didn’t help. I didn’t have any 1-putts, I 3-putted three times, and I somehow 4-putted once (on a hole that I started putting for par).

I ended up shooting a 110 (38 over par, 59 on the front nine, 51 on the back nine). This consisted of six bogeys, six double bogeys, and all others worse. On the front nine, I was plagued by penalties, hence the high score. My back nine was much better.

Throughout the round, I felt the scores between me, David, and Nick were going to be close. After the front nine, I had a 59 to David’s 58 and Nick’s 57. David had some great drives throughout the round, but faltered with his irons. Nick’s shots where good all-around, but ended up in penalty trouble near the end of the round. David ended up scoring a 111 and Nick ended up scoring a 113, which gave me two wins for the league. Even though Mike wasn’t playing in the league, he was making great shots throughout the round and finished with a 105.

So I just need to work on my drives a bit more, and get them back to where I can control them. After that, I should be back to shooting in the 90’s.

Glencoe Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,233 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 70.3/127 (white tee boxes)
My score: 110 (38 over par)

Glencoe Golf Club
621 Westly Road
Glencoe, IL 60022