Last weekend, I joined many, many members of the Chicago Co-Ed Golf Meetup Group for a round at Buffalo Grove Golf Course. The course is located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, approximately 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The course was built around 1965 and was designed by Richard P. Nugent, who has designed many courses throughout Chicagoland. In 1977, the course was purchased by the Village of Buffalo Grove, who also owns and operates The Arboretum Golf Course.

The course features four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 6,693 yards from the back tees. The fairways are generally flat and straight, are surrounded by large trees. You’ll find slight doglegs on the 1st (a 410 yard par-4), the 9th (a 391 yard par-4), the 13th (a 365 yard par-4), and the 18th (a 431 yard par-4). The 15th hole is unusual because it has two greens and two pins, with a 40 yard difference between the two (we just played the closest green). Water touches seven of the holes, three of which you’ll need to carry over. This includes two of the par-3 holes: the 8th hole (a 165 yard par-3) and the 17th hole (a 150 yard par-3). Bunkers are found on every hole, either near the fairways, near the greens, or both, and looked to be well maintained. The greens are generally flat and are of average size and difficulty.

As I previously mentioned, this round was part of the Chicago Co-Ed Golf Meetup Group, and was one of the few 18-hole golf meetups they do each year. Within the two years of being a member of the group, this was the largest meetup I’ve attended. We ended up having exactly 32 people, so all eight group were full foursomes. I played this round with Susie, as well as two newer members, Karen and Mac.

I felt I played a decent round. I used my driver a bit more this round compared to the last couple of rounds, mostly because I started the round hitting pretty well with it. One change I made was to tee the ball up higher. Initially this was done by accident because I somehow had a longer tee in my bag (for those who care, I usually use the 2-3/4″ Launch Control tees, but started the round with a 3-1/4″ version of the tee). I think using the longer tee made up for the slight errors in my swing plane that normally make me top my tee shot. I don’t know if going to the larger tee is good for my game, but it definitely helped this round. I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable with my fairway wood and hybrid shots, and I noticed those are generally straighter than what they used to be. My iron shots were good, as well as my wedges. I feel I’m getting a bit more distance with my two wedges (I just have a pitching wedge and an approach wedge), so that will be nice when it comes to making shots where I need more loft. My putting was actually pretty good, and I felt generally confident with all my putts.

I shot a 105 for the round (33 over par, 52 on the front nine, 53 on the back nine). This consisted of 2 pars (including a par on a par-5, which doesn’t happen often), three bogeys, eight double bogeys, and all others worse. I 1-putted three times, and had no 3-putts. I also had eight sand shots and three penalty shots. I feel like things are slowly starting to come together. I need to practice a bit more with my driver and test to see if the longer tee is better for me, and I still need to work more on my short game. I have a feeling that with a couple of small tweaks, I should be in the 90’s more.

Buffalo Grove Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,345 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 70.7/124 (white tee boxes)
My score: 105 (33 over par)

Buffalo Grove Golf Course
48 Raupp Blvd.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089