A couple months ago, Markus and I traveled to the north suburbs to Countryside Golf Club and played their Prairie course.  This weekend, we traveled back up north and played their other course, the Traditional course. Located in Mundelein, Illinois, approximately 34 miles north of downtown Chicago, Countryside is part of the Lake County Forest Preserves, which also oversees ThunderHawk Golf Club and Brae Loch Golf Club (both of which are outside of the project circle). Countryside Golf Club opened in 1931 and consists of two different courses: the Traditional course and the Prairie course. As their names imply, the Traditional course is very much like a standard course with tree-lined fairways, while the Prairie course is designed in the “prairie-style”. As mentioned above, for this round we played the Traditional course.

The course features four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 6,397 yards from the back tees. The fairways are formed from rolling hills and are generally pretty wide open. Even though they call this a traditional course, there are not a lot of trees compared to other traditional courses. Most of the trees are spread out, allowing you to make an easy recovery shot if your ball finds itself in the trees. The front nine features three of the four par-5 holes, including the 600 yard 5th hole that doglegs right, followed by the 498 yard 6th that doglegs left. Water touches five of the holes, all which are found on the front nine, and you’ll only need to carry over the water on two of your tee shots. Bunkers are found on ten of the holes, both near the fairways and near the greens. The greens are fairly large with consistent slopes, and played a little fast during my round.

I felt like I played a good round. My drives were pretty decent throughout the whole round, and any drives that were not straight were pushed to the right; no major slices. I think using the longer tee has helped keep my drives more consistent and in play. My shots with the fairway wood and hybrid were a bit more random, and I had some trouble with the accuracy of those shots. I think I just need to practice a bit more on real grass with those clubs. My iron shots were still good compared to last week, though I had a bit more trouble with the par-3 tee shots. One thing I noticed, which might help in the future, is that I was keeping my head down longer after I hit the ball, and not immediately watching the flight of the ball. I think this helps me keep a more consistent swing plane, and prevents me from lifting my head and hitting the ball thin. My putting was a bit random but generally decent.

I shot a 98 for the round (26 over par, 52 on the front nine, 46 on the back nine). This consisted of one birdie (on the 319 yard par-4 8th), two pars (both on the back nine), six bogeys, seven double bogeys, and all others worse. I 1-putted four times and 3-putted twice, and had two sand shots and three penalties. I’ve notice over the last couple of rounds that I’m more consistently shooting bogeys and double bogeys, with an occasional triple bogey or worse.  I think if I can prevent these blow-up holes, along with eliminating penalty shots, I might be able to set my sights on breaking 90.

Countryside Golf Club – Traditional Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,103 yards (brass tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 69.1/116 (white tee boxes)
My score: 98 (26 over par)

Countryside Golf Club
20800 West Hawley Road
Mundelein, IL 60060