Starting off the long Memorial Day weekend, I took a short trip up to Edgebrook Golf Course, located approximately 10 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Edgebrook is part of the Forest Preserve Golf courses, which operates ten golf courses throughout Chicagoland (including Joe Louis, Chick Evans, Billy Caldwell, Indian Boundary, River Oaks, and Meadowlark, six other courses I have played so far). Of the ten courses, Edgebrook is the shortest of the eight 18-hole courses. Like all other Forest Preserve Golf courses, Edgebrook is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
The course features six par-3 holes, with no par-5 holes, for a total par of 66 at a length of 4,567 yards from the tee boxes. There are technically two tee boxes for each hole: the back mat tee box and the forward grass tee box. The fairways are wide open, fairly flat, and mostly straight. Only the 3rd hole (a 352 yard par-4) has a 90 degree dogleg right. The longest par-3 hole is the 2nd, at a length of 229 yards, and the longest par-4 hole is the 13th, at a length of 371 yards. Water hazards touch three of the holes, all of which you’ll need to carry over a small creek or a small pond. The par-3 5th is the shortest hole, at a length of 84 yards, and your tee shot much carry a small creek up to the green, which sits nearly 50 feet higher than the tee box. There are no bunkers throughout the course, though in some areas it looked like there could have been a bunker at some time. The greens are a decent size with consistent slopes, and played very slow, probably because the grass on the greens was a little high.
For this round, I played alone and started in the late afternoon, so I could take advantage of the twilight rates. I think that anyone who’s going to play this course should do the same. I don’t think the cost of the standard rate is worth the quality of this course. It’s bad enough to have mat tee boxes, but then the grass tee boxes were in horrible shape. The fairways were what you would expect from a Forest Preserve course, with many areas in need of repair. And if they would cut the grass on the greens, the greens would actually be halfway decent. I think this might be the worst-maintained course that the Forest Preserve oversees.
Though, if you’re learning to play golf, this course could be perfect for you, but save your money and play a weekday twilight (you could save even more money and just walk the course also). If there isn’t much traffic, you shouldn’t have any issue completing your round in less than two or three hours, which should put you back in the clubhouse before the sun goes down.
By looking at my score, it seems I played well, but I feel I could have done a little better. On the front nine, many of my tee shots were with my 3 hybrid or an iron. I didn’t pull out my driver the 8th hole (a 289 yard par-4). I had some troubles throughout the round with my tee shots, but they were generally straight or pushed right. My irons were decent, and were mostly good when I would actually follow through with my swing. I didn’t hit with my long irons throughout the round. My wedges could have seen some improvement, as could my putting, but I’ll just blame the slow greens for that. I 1-putted twice and 3-putted five times.
I ended up shooting an 80 for the round (14 over par, 40 on the front nine, 40 on the back nine). This consisted of seven pars, eight bogeys, and three double bogeys. Seven pars in one round technically meets a goal for the year, but I don’t feel comfortable crossing that goal off the list with this course.
Edgebrook Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 4,567 yards
Course par: 66
Course rating/slope: 61.2 / 88
My score: 80 (14 over par)