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)