For the second 9-hole course of the day, I met up with Suzie at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Villa Park, Illinois, located approximately 18 miles west of downtown Chicago. The course, which was established in 1975 and opened in 1976, is owned and operated by the Village of Villa Park and the Elmhurst Park District.

Sugar Creek features three par-3 holes and no par-5 holes for a total par of 32 at a length of 2,344 yards from the back tees. There are three sets of tees on the course: the back Blue tees, the 2,150 yard White tees, and the 1,888 yard forward Red tees. The fairways are all straight and mostly flat and open, while being surrounded by small- and medium-sized trees. Water touches five of the holes, three of which you’ll need to carry over. Bunkers are found on every hole, either near the fairway, the green, or both, though there’s not a lot of them. The greens are fairly large and offered some challenging putts.

I really liked this course. It has a good layout and it seemed well maintained. Also, the course was upfront about areas under repair. Recent flooding left many of the bunkers damaged, and the course took the effort to inform golfers of the repair work being done, which is not something you hear or see too often from golf courses.

Coming off my previous poor round, I managed to play a much better round this time. I decided not to pull out the driver the whole round, and instead rely on my fairway wood. It was a good decision, because I was much more consistent with my tee shots. My iron shots were decent, but I still lacked accuracy. My short game was about average, mostly because I was trying to hit more with my high loft wedge, which I haven’t quite gotten the feel for the power/distance combination. My putting was about average also. Near the end of the round, I remembered a swing thought from last year that focused on flattening out my swing. Once I started doing that, my accuracy with my irons seemed to get better. This is something I need to keep in mind.

I shot a 42 for the round (10 over par), which was a significant improvement over my morning round. This consisted of three pars (all on the last three holes), two bogeys, and four double bogeys. I 1-putted twice and 3-putted twice, and had only one sand shot and no penalty shots.

So I have a couple new takeaways from the round that I might start trying out in future rounds: leave the driver in the bag, and flatten out your swing.

Sugar Creek Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 2,150 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 32
Course rating/slope: 60.8/104 (white tee boxes)
My score: 42 (10 over par)

Sugar Creek Golf Course
500 East Van Buren
Villa Park, IL 60181