Shortly after our round at Chick Evans Golf Course, Markus and I took a short trip over to Billy Caldwell Golf Course for a quick nine with the Chicago Co-Ed Golf Meetup Group. Since I played this course almost two years ago, I’m not going to go into great detail on the course. I can say is that after playing at Chick Evans, you could tell that this course is better maintained. The water level was a little low in the small pond that touches the 5th hole (a 317 yard par-4) and the 7th hole (a 376 yard par-4), which made the course look a little less appealing (and also revealed a lot of golf balls). For this round, Markus and I joined six other golfers from the meetup group, and were paired up with Avrom and Scott, both of whom played around my level.

I feel I played a decent round, though it could have gone better. My drives were either straight or pushed right. I think I drove the ball better because I was a little more relaxed, which is something I need to remember for my league matches. I had the most issues with my irons. I felt like I was making decent impact, but I just could keep my shots straight. Markus hinted on a change I could make, which involves stepping a little further away from the ball and bending my wrist down more (so my arm and club is a little more flatter). I think this is a good idea, because it should help me keep a more consistent swing plane. This is something I’ll work on at the range in the coming weeks. My wedges and putting was random, probably because I wasn’t really focusing. I was really just playing this round to socialize and have fun.

I ended up shooting a 52 (17 over par), and 3-putted twice, with no 1-putts. My score consisted mostly of bogeys and double bogeys. That’s two strokes worse than my first round at the course, but during that round, I made two pars. So this round, I played better on some holes and worse on others. Isn’t that how the game goes?

Billy Caldwell Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 2,941 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 35
Course rating/slope: 68.0/112 (white tee boxes)
My score: 52 (17 over par)

Billy Caldwell Golf Course
6150 N. Caldwell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646