This weekend, I decided to do something different and play two 9-hole courses, in an effort to knock more courses off the list. I started the day at South Shore Golf Course in Chicago, Illinois, located approximately 9 miles south of downtown Chicago. The course is part of the Chicago Park District, which runs six golf courses throughout Chicagoland. Of the six golf courses, there are five 9-hole courses, including South Shore, and one 18-hole course, Jackson Park Golf Course (which I played in 2009).
The course features three par-3 holes and no par-5 holes for a total par of 33 at a length of 2,720 yards from the back tees. There are only two sets of tees: the back Blue tees and the forward Red tees which drops the length to 2,614 yards. The fairways are very flat, generally straight, and sometimes narrow, all surrounded by large trees. Although the course layout on the score card shows water touching the 5th hole (a 149 yard par-3), you’ll find no water on this course (unless you count Lake Michigan, which doesn’t really come into play). I’m guessing the water dried up on the 5th hole. Bunkers are sparsely found throughout the course, and are your average park district quality (meaning don’t expect perfection). The same goes for the greens, which are of average size and low quality.
My round at this course was about the same as the course’s quality: poor. My drives didn’t work, and by the middle of the round, I was done with pulling the driver out of the bag. I instead relied on my hybrid, which has been improving over the last couple of rounds. It gave me some relief, but my game generally stayed bad. I don’t really have much more to say about this round. My score will speak for itself.
I ended up shooting a 54 (21 over par), which consisted of two bogeys, two double bogeys, and five triple bogeys. I 1-putted once and 3-putted once, and had three sand shots and one penalty shot. Needless to say, I was happy to end the round and try to start fresh for the second round of the day.
South Shore Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 2,720 yards (blue tee boxes)
Course par: 33
Course rating/slope: 32.9 / 112 (blue tee boxes)
My score: 54 (21 over par)