For the long Labor Day weekend, Markus, Rickard, and I headed to Naperville, Illinois for a round at Springbrook Golf Course. The course is located approximately 32 miles west of downtown Chicago, and is part of the Naperville Park District, which also operates Naperbrook Golf Course, a course I played earlier this year. Springbrook opened in 1974 and was designed by Roger Packard, who also designed many courses thoughout Chicagoland, including Naperbrook Golf CoursePrairie Bluff Golf Club, and all 27 holes of Cantigny Golf Course.

The course consists of four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 6,902 yards from the back tees. Moving forward to the next set of tees will drop the length to 6,467 yards, while moving forward once again drops the length to 5,859 yards. The fairways are formed from rolling hills surrounded by large trees. Many of the fairways have a slight dogleg, including the 10th hole (a 378 yard par-4) and the 18th hole (a 408 yard par-4) which both have a water hazard at the turn of the dogleg, creating somewhat of a target golf fairway. Water hazards touch 13 holes, six of which you’ll need to carry over, though they are mostly small creeks and streams. The largest water hazard you’ll need to carry will come on the 4th hole (a 194 yard par-3). Speaking of the par-3 holes, three of the four are longer than 190 yards from the back tees. The bunkers, which are generally pretty large, are found on all holes, either near the fairway in challenging locations, protecting the greens, or both. The undulating greens are also fairly large, and played slow and soft for my round.

I think Springbrook is a challenging course. The fairways are somewhat narrow, and feel more narrow with the location of the trees along the fairways. The par-4 holes are fairly long, averaging around 400 yards from the back tees, the location of the bunkers require you to be very accurate with both your tee shots and your approach shots, and the greens have deceiving and challenging breaks.

I started this round poorly on the front nine, but then improved a bit for the back nine. My drives were a bit random, and I didn’t feel as comfortable with my tees shots throughout the whole round. Although switching to the longer tee has, I believe, helped keep my drives a bit straighter, I wasn’t consistent with my swing, which caused the randomness in my tee shots. That inconsistent swing plagued me throughout my round. I wasn’t hitting my fairway wood or long irons very well. I ended up topping my fairway wood shots a couple times, and I think I was overpowering my iron shots. My mid and short irons were not as good as my previous round, but they did get better later in the round. I think my wedge shots helped me the most to keep my score low. My distance control with the wedges was good, but accuracy could have been better. My putting was average, though I missed a lot of par putts.

I shot a 99 for the round (27 over par, 54 on the front nine, 45 on the back nine), which consisted of two pars, nine bogeys, three double bogeys, and four triple bogeys (which were all on the front nine). I 1-putted twice and 3-putted once, and had a chip-in bogey on the 14th hole (a 442 yard par-4). I only had two penalty shots and one sand shot. I’ll also mention that I only majorly sliced my drive twice, both on the back nine and both because I didn’t do a full pre-shot routine. I mention this because I’m going to be playing a private course soon, and slicing the ball is one thing I’m most worried about doing during the round. Luckily though, I haven’t sliced my drives that much this season. I think if I just stay relaxed and consistent with my pre-shot routine and my swing, I should be fine for my round.

Springbrook Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,467 yards (blue tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 71.1/129 (blue tee boxes)
My score: 99 (27 over par)

Springbrook Golf Course
2220 West 83rd Street
Naperville, IL 60564