For the second 9-hole round of the day, I headed to Green Meadows Golf Club in Westmont, Illinois, located approximately 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. Green Meadows, which opened in 1990, is owned by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, which also owns Oak Meadows Golf Club (an 18-hole course) in Addison and Maple Meadows Golf Club (an 18-hole and 9-hole course) in Wood Dale. I played Oak Meadows in April of 2011, and the 18-hole course at Maple Meadows in October of 2009.
The course features six par-3 and no par-5 holes for a total par of 30 at a length of 1,888 yards from the back tees. There are two sets of tees: the back White tees and the forward Red tees (at a length of 1,500 yards). The fairways are all flat, open, and straight, surrounded by small- and medium-sized trees. Water touches three of the holes, and you’ll only need to carry water if you play from the back tees of the 5th hole (a 169 yard par-3). Small bunkers are found on nearly every hole, though only next to the greens. The greens are of average size and difficulty, and played a little fast for my round.
I played better this round compared to my earlier round. I was still pushing my tee shots, which were mostly with my irons, but my approach shots were generally good and helped me recover from any poor tee shots. My wedge shots were pretty good, and they set me up for fairly easy putts. My putting was a lot better. I 1-putted three times and 3-putted once. I generally felt like I played a lot smoother, relaxed game this round.
I shot a 36 for the round (6 over par), which was probably the best 9-hole round I’ve ever played. This consisted of three pars and six bogeys. I one had one sand shot, and I didn’t have any penalty shots.
If you put both rounds together, I would have shot a 16 over par on a par 60 course, which is right about at bogey golf (I usually play worse than bogey golf). So, not too bad, if I must say. I just need to play this way more often, and on standard par-72 courses.
Green Meadows Golf Club – Scores & Stats
Course length: 1,888 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 30
Course rating/slope: unknown
My score: 36 (6 over par)