Archive for December 2012

Glenmary Country Club [Field Trip]

Posted by cjsharp1 on December 15, 2012 in Field Trips 0 Comments

A round of golf in December doesn’t come too often in this part of the country, especially if you want to play without needing to wear a thick coat. This round, though, wasn’t in the Chicagoland area, but instead in Louisville, Kentucky at Glenmary Country Club (funny enough though, the temperatures turned out to be better in Chicago that particular weekend). Glenmary is located approximately 15 miles southwest of downtown Louisville. The course was designed by John Addington, and opened in 1990.

The course features three par-3 and three par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 6,540 yards from the back tees. There are four sets of tees: the back Black tees, the White tees that drops to the length to 6,050 yards, the Gold tees that drops the length to 5,493 yards, and the forward Red tees that drops the length to 5,093 yards. The course weaves its way throughout the Glenmary neighborhood, which is a fairly hilly community with a lot of large trees. The fairways are generally straight, formed from rolling hills and surrounded by large trees. Water touches ten of the holes, mostly on the front nine.  You’ll need to carry over water many times, either on your tee shot or on your way to the green, though mostly just are just small creeks. The largest water hazard you’ll find is small pond in front of the tee box the 10th hole, where a straight tee shot over 150 yards will safely find the fairway. Bunkers are found on all holes, either near the fairways, near the greens, or both, and they generally seemed in good condition, given the circumstances of a late Fall round. The greens are of average size and difficulty (though it’s hard to accurately comment on greens this time of the year).

I really liked this course. The layout and difficulty of the holes kept the whole round fun and interesting, and the environment around the course is beautiful. I do wish I got to play this in the summer. The only thing that really bothered me with this course is the condition of the cart paths, which were very rough in some areas.

My round went fairly smoothly and I was pretty happy how it turned out. My drives were really good throughout the round, with only a couple of slight pushes or pulls. I think I was expecting to play worse than I did, so actually making straight and accurate shots was nice. My iron shots were about average, as was my short game with my wedges. My putting was random throughout, but it was difficult to stay consistent considering the green condition and weather (some light rain started halfway through the round).

I finished the round with a 95 (23 over par, 48 on the front nine,  47 on the back nine). This consisted of three pars, eight bogeys, six double bogeys, and a triple bogey. I had six 1-putts and four 3-putts, along with four sand shots and three penalties.

This round marks the end of my 2012 golf season, which actually turned out to be a decent season for the project and my golf game. I feel like I ended the season on a good note, and I’m hoping I can start the 2013 season right were I left off.

Glenmary Country Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,050 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 70.0/128 (white tee boxes)
My score: 95 (23 over par)

Glenmary Country Club
10200 Glenmary Farm Dr.
Louisville, KY 40291

Deer Creek Golf Club

Posted by cjsharp1 on December 11, 2012 in Courses 0 Comments

It’s not very often you can play a round of golf in Chicago near the end of November, at least, not without needing to wear a heavy jacket. Taking advantage of the cool weather, I headed to the southern suburbs of Chicago to Deer Creek Golf Club. Deer Creek is located in University Park, Illinois, approximately 35 miles south of downtown Chicago, which is really close to the southern edge of the project circle. The course opened in 1975, and was designed by E. Lawrence Packard, who designed or remodeled many courses throughout the United States in the 1960’s and 1970’s, along with a couple courses in Egypt and Guatemala.

The course features the standard four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 6,905 yards from the back ‘black’ tees. There are five sets of tees in total, including the ‘blue’ tees at 6,391 yards, the ‘white’ tees at 6,001 yards, the ‘gold’ tees at 5,302 yards, and the ‘green’ tees at 5,112 yards. The fairways are generally straight, open, and flat, surrounded by medium sized trees that give the course the standard traditional layout look that you see at many courses throughout Chicago. You’ll encounter two dogleg holes the round: the 7th hole (a 541 yard par-5) that doglegs left, and the 18th hole (a 402 yard par-4) that doglegs right, both of which dogleg around water hazards. Water hazards touch six holes in total, and you’ll only need to carry over water on two holes (if you play your shots right), both of which are par-3’s. Bunkers are found throughout the course, both near the fairways and near the greens. The greens are of average size and difficulty, and also seemed to be of average speed.

For this round, I was joined by Drew, my cousin-in-law that just turned 18. His golf game reminds me a lot of my golf game when I first started out: a beginner in every aspect of the game, who really wants to improve and learn the how to golf. I’m hoping he’ll be joining me for more rounds next season.

I actually didn’t play too badly, considering I haven’t played or practiced in nearly a month and I almost put my clubs in storage. My drives started out pretty well, suffered around the turn, then improved at the end of the back nine. I had the most issues on my tees shots with my mid and long irons. I just could get comfortable with the swing. On the fairways, my irons were a bit better, but I lacked on distance. My short game was pretty good, but I know I could improve more with accuracy. My putting was somewhat random but generally decent.

I ended up shooting a 101 (29 over par, 50 on the front nine, 51 on the back nine). This consisted of one par, eight bogeys, and all others worse. I 1-putted twice and 3-putted four times, and I had five sand shots and three penalty shots. This round is about how I play on average, so not too bad considering the couple of weeks off. And who knows… with weather like this, maybe I’ll get in another round before the end of the year.

Deer Creek Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,001 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 69.0/120 (white tee boxes)
My score: 101 (29 over par)

Deer Creek Golf Club
25055 S. Western Ave.
University Park, IL 60484

Village Green Golf Course

Posted by cjsharp1 on December 11, 2012 in Courses 0 Comments

With the end of the golf season approaching, I’m finally getting a chance to complete courses that were on my original agenda for the year. One such course was Village Green Golf Course in Mundelein, Illinois, located approximately 35 miles north of downtown Chicago. The course opened in 1955 and is one of two courses designed by Ray Didier (the other being Bon Vivant Country Club in Bourbonnais, which closed in the late 2000’s). This course is not related to Village Greens of Woodridge Golf Course in Woodridge, Illinois.

The course consists of four par-3 and two par-5 holes for a total par of 70 at a length of 6,018 yards from the back tees. The other set of tees, the forward red tees, drops the course length down to 5,693. The course is very much like a standard traditional course you’ll find the in the Chicago area. The fairways are generally flat, straight, and open, surrounded by trees that are spaced out enough to be able to recover easily from a poor drive (in most cases). You’ll find just one dogleg left on the 6th hole (a 377 yard par-4). Water touches six holes, three of which you’ll need to carry over, including the 16th hole (a 504 yard par-5) where you’ll need to carry over about 100 yards of water on your second or third shot. Bunkers are found on nearly all hole, and usually just near the greens. The greens were generally open and flat, and played about an average speed for my round.

I don’t really have much to say about my round. I felt like I played a decent round, though I know things could have went better. My drives were not always the straightest, but they at least kept me in play. I mostly pushed my drives right, and I only sliced the ball once. When I did hit straight, I was getting some really good distance. My iron shots and wedge shot were decent, though my distance and accuracy wasn’t the best. My putting was pretty random, mostly due to the recently-aerated bumpy greens.

I shot a 99 for the round (29 over par, 50 on the front nine, 49 on the back nine), which consisted of nine bogeys, five double bogeys and the rest triple bogeys. I 1-putted three times and 3-putted four times, along with three sand shots and one penalty (there wasn’t many areas on the course that typically causes penalties). The most frustrating part of this round was the many times that I was trying to find my ball in the fallen leaves, which is a common issue this time of the year.

Village Green Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,018 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 72.7/118 (white tee boxes)
My score: 99 (29 over par)

Village Green Golf Course
2501 N. Midlothian Road
Mundelein, IL 60060

Woodbine Golf Course

Posted by cjsharp1 on December 1, 2012 in Courses 2 Comments

Last month, Suzie and I headed over to Homer Glen, Illinois for a round at Woodbine Golf Course, located approximately 30 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. Woodbine opened in 1988 and was designed by Gordon Cunningham, who has also designed many courses around Illinois and Iowa (Woodbine is his only Chicagoland course).

The course consists of five par-3 and two par-5 holes for a total par of 70 at a length of 6,020 yards from the back tees. There’s only two sets of tees: the back white tees and the forward red tees, which shortens the course down to 5,098 yards. The fairways are open and flat, surrounded by small and medium-sized trees. The fairways are pretty close to each other, so any sliced or hooked drives have a good chance of making it to a neighboring fairway. Water touches six of the holes, two of which you’ll need to carry over on your tee shots, both on par-3 holes, though its not a lot of water to carry. Bunkers are found near the greens on all but two holes, while fairway bunkers are found only on only two of the dogleg holes: the 6th hole (a 501 yard par-5) and the 9th hole (a 400 yard par-4). The greens are generally large and flat, and didn’t seem too difficult. The fairways and greens were pretty firm for my round, which definitely helped to add a couple extra yards onto my shots.

Considering the way I was hitting the ball, I feel like I should have gotten a much higher score. My drives were not consistent at all, and I think I hit every type of drive possible except for a snap hook. Though when I did hit the ball straight, it felt really good, and I got some great yardage thanks to the firm fairways. For my sliced drives, they mostly ended up in the next fairway, so I was able to recover nicely and get back in play. My fairway wood, hybrid, and iron shots were generally good, and I seemed to hit well off the firm grounds. My wedge shots were also pretty good, setting me up for some fairly easy putts. My putting was decent, but I still made some mistakes, which cost me a couple of parred holes

I shot a 92 for the round (22 over par, 45 on the front nine, 47 on the back nine), which is the best I’ve ever scored. This consisted of four pars, eight bogeys, four double bogeys, and two triple bogeys. I 1-putted seven times and 3-putted five times, along with one sand shot and two penalty shots.

I think a lot of things came together that attributed to this low round. First, I’m starting to get comfortable with my drives again, which is something that usually happens near the end of the golf season. It seems like I struggle with my drives throughout the summer, then when the fall hits, things get better just in time for the cold weather to show up. Also, the layout of the course, along with the firm grounds, really helped me get longer drives and easy recovery shots. I think I tend to play the best on firm or wet fairways. I don’t know whether or not this is a good thing, but it works for me, and as long as it helps keep my score down, I’m happy with it.

Woodbine Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,020 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 68.2/115 (white tee boxes)
My score: 92 (22 over par)

Woodbine Golf Course
14240 W. 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491

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