Before the season ends, I thought it would be fun to hit Silver Lake Country Club again, specifically for the South course… the same course I shot my worst round ever (137, 67 over par). Silver Lake Country Club is located in Orland Park, Illinois, approximately 30 miles southwest of Chicago. The club consists of three courses: two 18-hole championship courses (the North and the South) and one 9-hole executive course (Rolling Hills). The North course is the longer of the two 18-hole courses, measuring at 6,826 yards from the back tees for a par of 72. The South course measures in at 6,337 yards from the back tees for a par of 70.
As I mentioned in the other post, the South course is the “sportier” of the two courses. The fairways are shorter and narrower, with more water hazards and bunkers. The fairways are formed from rolling hills that are surrounded by medium- to large-sized trees. The course consists of four par-5 and six par-3 holes. Five of the holes are doglegs (well, the 16th hole, a 546 yard par-5, could be considered an optional dogleg because using the blue tee boxes will give you a straighter look down the fairway). Water hazards touch ten of the holes, three of which you must carry over a decent sized pond, including the 9th hole, a 236 yard par-3 (yes, par-3!). Sand traps are found on nearly all holes, but mostly near the fairways. The greens seemed a lot more challenging than I remembered it last, and will sure to also challenge even the best golfers.
I started this round on my own, then a twosome behind me eventually caught up to me on the 6th hole. Their names were Garrett and Don, an uncle/nephew twosome, who’ve seemed to play many rounds of golf together. They were nice guys who also played around my level.
I had a much better round this time. Although my drives were lacking accuracy throughout the whole round, they had some decent distance. I sliced my drives right many, many times, but luckily, my iron shots were working for me, so my 2nd shot would normally get me back into play. My tee shots on the par-3 holes on the front nine were pretty bad. I think I wasn’t keeping my head steady, which made me top the ball a lot. My tee shots improved on the back nine. As I said before, I felt like my iron shots were working well for me. I had good accuracy and distance on nearly all my iron shots. For putting, I really tried focusing on 2-putting or better. On the front nine, I 1-putted twice and 2-putted the other seven times, but on the back nine, I 3-putted five times and 1-putted only one time. I think the greens on the back nine were a little more difficult than the front nine.
I ended up shooting a 104 (34 over par), which was a far improvement over my last round on this course. Although I didn’t shoot any pars, I did make bogey eight times and double bogey five times. The other times, triple bogey or worse, was due to a bad tee shot or a 3-putt.
So… I got my redemption at the Silver Lake South Course, shooting 33 strokes better than last time. I still didn’t break 100, and it’s looking like I might not meet that goal this year, unless the weather stays nice into November. I guess that will be just one more thing to look forward to next season.
Silver Lake Country Club – Scores & Stats
South course length: 5,948 yards (white tee boxes)
South course par: 70
South course rating/slope: 68.3 / 116 (white tee boxes)
My score: 104 (34 over par)