A couple weeks ago, I joined Adam and two of his friends at Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect, Illinois, located approximately 25 northwest of Chicago. The course was established in 1932 by a local family, then was purchased in 1999 by the Prospect Heights Park District.

I last played this course nearly two years ago, and I still remember a little bit about the round. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about the course, but I will give a slight update. The course layout and yardage hasn’t changed since I last played, but it felt like there was a lot more water hazards, many of which you have to carry over, though I know they haven’t changed those either. One of the holes I remembered from the last round was the 17th, a 226 yard par-3 (174 yards from the white tees), where your tee shot has to be very precise; hit too short and you’ll be in the water… hit too long and you’ll be in the trees.

I felt like I played a good round, though I did make some mistakes that could have been avoided. My drives were somewhat random, mostly pushing into the trees, but I was getting some good loft and distance. The trees gave me troubles throughout the round, almost to the point where I should have just pitched out onto the fairway to get back in play. I know many times that’s the better shot to take, but most of the time I just want to try to make good forward progress with risky shots, instead of recover shots that don’t get me anywhere. My iron shots were pretty good, as were my approach and chip shots with my wedges, and my putting was somewhat random. I 1-putted three times and 3-putted four times.

I ended up shooting a 105 (35 over par, 57 on the front nine, 48 on the back nine). This consisted of three pars, four bogeys, four double bogeys, and all others worse. I did have a bad front nine, which ended with three sand shots on the 9th hole (a 519 yard par-5). I only had three penalty shots, which I think was surprising considering the amount of water on the course. So 12 strokes better than my previous round; I think that’s a decent improvement.

Old Orchard Country Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,795 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 68.8/130 (white tee boxes)
My score: 105 (35 over par)

Old Orchard Country Club
700 West Rand Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056