Shortly after our round at River Bend Golf Club, Susie and I took a short drive to Western Acres Golf Course in Lombard, Illinois. The course, which opened in 1965, is located approximately 25 miles west of downtown Chicago, and is the only golf course that is part of the Lombard Park District.

The course features two par-3 and one par-5 holes for a total par of 35 at a length of 3,051 yards from the back tees.  There are only two sets of tees: the back white tees and the forward red tees, which drop the course length to 2,852 yards. The fairways are very flat and straight, with the exception of the 9th hole (a 253 yard par-4), that doglegs slightly right. Large trees line most of the fairways, but they are spaced out enough so grass can grow beneath them, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to recover from any errant shots into the trees. The par-3 and par-4 holes are fairly long for beginners, with both of the par-3 holes longer than 185 yards and the par-4 holes averaging more than 360 yards. Water hazards touch six of the holes, but you’ll only need to carry over the water on the 3rd hole (a 219 yard par-3). The water hazard on some of the holes is supplied by a branch of the DuPage River. On those holes, the fairway feels much more narrow, and any tee shots that go left have a good chance to find their way into the water. Bunkers are seldom found throughout the course, and are only next to the greens when present. The greens are large with consistent slopes, and played pretty soft and slow for my round.

The only downsides of this courses were that the fairways were not in the best condition, and many of the landing areas for tees shots were under repair. Also, the cart paths were mostly gravel where they existed, and they didn’t always follow the flow of the course, so there were some areas were it was confusing where the next tee box was. Other than that, it’s a decent course with some good challenges.

My good round continued to this course. My tee shots were not always the best again, but I was able to recover with some nice iron shots. I was still getting great distance, accuracy, and loft with my mid and short irons (almost a surprising amount of distance). For example, I somehow hit a 140 yard approach shot a couple feet from the pin with my 9 iron, a shot that I normally would use an 8 iron or an easy 7 iron to make. If that trend continues, I’ll need to readjust which clubs I use for certain distances. My putting was a bit random, but a little better than the previous round, even though the greens were still slow.

I ended up shooting a 47 (12 over par), which consisted of one birdie, four bogeys, two double bogeys, and two triple bogeys.  I 1-putted four times (all in a row) and 3-putted three times. The only penalty shots came on the last three holes, one on each hole, thanks to some inaccurate drives.

So that ends the day. If the rounds were on one 18 hole course instead of two 9’s, I would have shot a 96, which is better than I’ve been playing the last couple of months, so I’m pretty happy about that.

Western Acres Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 3,051 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 35
Course rating/slope: 69.2/111 (white tee boxes)
My score: 47 (12 over par)

Western Acres Golf Course
2400 W Butterfield Rd
Lombard, IL 60148