After a nearly three week break, I’m back on the course. For this round, Markus and I headed north to Chevy Chase Country Club and Traditions at Chevy Chase Golf Course. The course is located in Wheeling, Illinois, located approximately 25 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, and is the only golf course that is part of the Wheeling Park District. The course, which was built in 1927, was designed by Thomas Bendelow, who is most known for designing all three courses at Medinah Country Club (the host of the 2012 Ryder Cup). In 2002, the course was renovated by Lohmann Golf Designs, and the renovation won the award for Golf Digest’s 2004 Daily-fee “Renovation of the Year”.

The course features the standard four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 6,610 yards from the back tees (labeled as the “Midnight” tees). Moving up to the next tees (labeled as the “Burnt Red” tees), the length drops to 6,078 yards. Nearly all the fairways are straight, surrounded by large trees and rolling hills. Only the 2nd hole (a 494 yard par-5)  and the 18th hole (a 546 yard par-5) are a slight dogleg left, with the 2nd hole having water along the whole left side of the fairway. Water touches 16 of the holes, but you’ll only need to carry over water on six of those holes either on your tee shot or on your way to the green. On the other holes, play your shots straight, and water shouldn’t be an issue. Bunkers are found both near the greens and the fairways on all but one hole (the 14th hole, a 346 yard par-4), and are generally pretty small and well maintained. The average-sized greens are somewhat undulating, with some challenging pin placements and interesting breaks.

I tried something different this round: I didn’t always pull out my driver on a par-4 hole. In fact, I only pulled out my driver six times throughout the round (four of which were on the par-5 holes), and instead teed off with my 3 fairway wood. Though I’m not as comfortable with my fairway wood, I was making better tee shots with it. With my driver, I mostly pushed it right, and with my fairways wood, about half of my tee shots were straight (the other half pushed right). I felt like I was still able to get decent distance out of my tee shots with the fairway wood. I thought my iron shots were pretty good, making solid contact and decent loft, so I’m starting to get more comfortable and confident with my irons. I need to work a bit more on my short game, both with my wedges and my putting, because those are what mostly kept my score high. I had a lot of opportunities to make a birdie or a par, but ended up putting poorly and missing that opportunity.

I shot a 106 for the round (34 over par, 56 on the front nine, 50 on the back nine). This consisted of one par, six bogeys, five double bogeys, and all others worse. The one par came on the 15th hole (a 494 yard par-5), which getting par on a par-5 is not something I normally do. I 1-putted twice and 3-putted five times. Of those five 3-putts, two of those times I started putting for birdie. So there were some missed opportunities.

So my takeaways from this round: tee off with fairway wood more, practice short game wedges, and practice putting.

Traditions at Chevy Chase Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,078 yards (“Burnt Red” tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 69.5/122 (“Burnt Red” tee boxes)
My score: 106 (34 over par)

Traditions at Chevy Chase Golf Course
1000 N Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling, IL 60090