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)