Another weekend of golf takes me to Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont, Illinois, located approximately 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. Founded in 1924, Gleneagles was originally a private club known as Twin Eagles. In 1951, the McNulty family purchased the course and made it open to the public. Gleneagles is home to two 18-hole championship courses: the 6,045 yard Red/Lakes course and the 6,252 yard White/Woodlands course. Both courses were designed by Charles Maddox, who has also designed many public and private courses in the Illinois and Indiana area, including all three courses at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park, Illinois. For this round, Suzie, Markus, and I played the Red/Lakes course.
The Red/Lakes course features five par-3 and three par-5 holes for a total par of 70 at a length of 6,045 yards from the back tees. There are three sets of tees: the back Black tees, the 5,734 yard Red tees, and the 5,050 yard forward Gold tees. The fairways are much like a traditional course, formed from rolling hills and surrounded by large trees. Nearly all of the fairways are open and straight, with the exception of the 5th hole (a 311 yard par-4) that doglegs left. Water touches six of the holes, two of which you’ll need to carry your shot over. The 9th hole (a 339 yard par-4) is notable with its large lake in front of the back two tee boxes. A tee shot of over 175 yards will safely find the fairway, while anything less will surely find the water. Bunkers are found on all holes, though they are mostly next to the greens. The greens are of average size, and offer some challenging breaks depending on the placement of the pins.
I can’t say I played my best round here. My drives were pretty poor, and I found myself pushing and slicing right many times. Throughout the round, I hit many shots with my irons, and although I wasn’t accurate with the shots, I was getting decent distance. My short game with my wedges were decent. I’m starting to use my high loft wedge a little more, and I’m starting to like it. I really need to get a new set of wedges thought. My putting was decent, and it probably saved me from getting a really bad score.
I ended up shooting a 104 (34 over par, 49 on the front nine, 55 on the back nine). This consisted of one par, three bogeys, eleven double bogeys, and all other worse. I had three 1-putts and three 3-putts, along with two sand shots and one penalty shot. I wish my score could have been better, taking into account the length of this course. I think I need to start working with the driver a little more, or try switching to my fairway wood, which has been working better for me.
Gleneagles Country Club – Red/Lakes Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,045 yards (black tee boxes)
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 69.0 / 120 (black tee boxes)
My score: 104 (34 over par)