I begun another weekend of golf with a round at Deerpath Golf Course. Deerpath Golf Course is located in Lake Forest, Illinois, which is 30 miles north of Chicago. The course is the only golf course owned and operated by the City of Lake Forest, and has been open since 1926, making it one of the oldest golf courses in the area.
I really liked this course. Considering it’s a city course, it’s maintained very well. The par-70 course is 6,211 yards in length from the back tees, and is comprised of four par-3 and two par-5 holes. Water touches seven holes, mostly on the front nine, and sand traps are integrated into every hole, although some holes might just have one sand trap near the green. The rolling fairways are not too wide, but not too narrow, and are surrounded by medium- to large-sized, thick trees (what do you expect for a course that has been around since 1926). If you end up hitting a shot into a tree, expect it not to go through. The trees seemed to bat every ball down. The hole are fairly straight, with the exception of the 11th hole, a par-4, 344 yard, 90 degree dogleg.
I played this round with a gentleman I met on the tee box of the 1st hole. His name was David, and he was a member at the course. In fact, I think a large majority of the people playing the course were members, or if not, just regulars. It seemed like David knew a lot of people on the course, occasionally saying ‘Hi’ to a nearby golfer. David was a great guy to play a round with. He knew the course very well, and he was very laid back, not minding so much that I was still trying to learn how to play the game. We ended up walking the full 18, thanks to the rain from the night before. Deerpath is another course that does not have fully-paved cart paths. That makes two weeks in a row that I had to walk a full 18… and I don’t mind it one bit.
I felt like I had a pretty bad round. My drives were inconsistent and mostly sliced right, my irons were not accurate, although the distance was good, and my putting was random. The greens didn’t feel too fast or too slow, although I’m guessing they were probably a little slow due to the rain, and they had some challenging breaks in them. I 1-putted four times and 3-putted three times. But even though I felt I had a bad round, my score didn’t really show it. I actually had a bad front nine, shooting a 57, and a good back nine, shooting a 47, for a round total of 104.
I definitely felt like I played better on the back nine. I somehow shot par on the 11th hole (the 90 degree dogleg). My drive when straight into the trees on the right side, toward the other side of the dogleg, but somehow rolled through and onto the fairway. My second shot went a bit long and rolled onto the fringe on the back of the green. At this point, I’m putting for birdie from about 15 feet to the hole. My putt was very accurate, but rolled two inches from the hole! Ahh! Another par-4 birdie missed by inches! I’ll take par any day, though. I actually shot a par the 18th also. Like I said, the back nine was better than the front nine. On the front nine, the best I could do is two bogeys. On the back nine, I shot par on two holes and bogey on four holes.
Deerpath Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,100 (white tee boxes)
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 69.7 / 127 (white tee boxes)
My score: 104 (34 over par)