Last weekend, I headed out to the northwest suburbs for a round at Fox Run Golf Links in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, approximately 26 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Fox Run, which opened in 1984, is the only golf facility that is part of the Elk Grove Park District.

The course features four par-3 and two par-5 holes for a total par of 70 at a length of 6,287 yards from the back tees. Even though the name implies this is a “links-style” course, it’s more of a traditional golf course. The fairways are somewhat narrow, surrounded by medium-sized trees and rolling hills. In some cases, the fairways require you to take more of a “target golf” approach, meaning your tee shot on a par-4 or par-5 might not be with a driver. Accurate shots and distance control are necessary. Water hazards touch 11 of the holes. I feel that the water in the drawing of the course layout is a little misleading. Sure, there is a lot of water, and you’ll need to carry your shot over the water many times (eight times by my count), but the amount of water and the distance you’ll need to carry is definitely not as bad was what they show. I went into this round thinking I would have a lot of issues with the water, but that wasn’t the case. Bunkers are found on all but two holes, either near the fairways, the greens, or both. I found the 13th hole (a 384 yard par-4) to be interesting. All the way down the fairway on the left side, you have trees and out of bounds, and on the right side, you have a water hazard and a long bunker, and the fairway was very narrow. Like I said, accuracy is necessary. The greens are fairly large with consistent slopes and challenging breaks. The speed of the greens was random throughout my round.

For this round, I met up with two other flight members of the Windy City Golf League, John and Uziar, neither of which I have played before. I thought John played around my level, and he had some pretty straight drives, though not as much distance. Uziar, a leftie, played really well… almost too well.

I, on the other hand, didn’t play as well as I wished. Much like my previous rounds, I struggled on the front nine and played better on the back nine. My drives were random, but mostly pushed right. I did happen to have a couple slices, but I generally recovered from them by using my hybrid or long iron. I didn’t really hit well my hybrid well until the back nine. My iron shots were pretty random too, and I wasn’t getting the accuracy or distance I was hoping. I tried to focus on getting my stance and posture correct when hitting with my irons. I took some of Markus’s advice from the last round, and I think overall it helped me keep a more consistent swing plane from shot to shot. My putting could have also been better, though the speed of the greens really messed with my shots. I ended up 1-putting twice and 3-putting five times.

I ended up shooting a 107 for the round (37 over par, 55 on the front nine, 52 on the back nine). This consisted of two pars, three bogeys, five double bogeys, and way too many triple bogeys. John ended up beating me by 1 stoke, shooting a 106. Uziar played really well and shot a 94.

Fox Run Golf Links – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,935 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 68.4/115 (white tee boxes)
My score: 107 (37 over par)

Fox Run Golf Links
333 Plum Grove Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007