A couple weeks ago, I joined many, many members of the Chicago Co-Ed Golf Meetup Group for a round at George W. Dunne National Golf Course in Oak Forest, Illinois, located approximately 25 miles south of downtown Chicago. George Dunne is part of the Forest Preserve Golf courses, which operates ten golf courses throughout Chicagoland (including Edgebrook, Joe Louis, Chick Evans, Billy Caldwell, Indian Boundary, River Oaks, and Meadowlark, seven other courses I have played so far). Of the ten courses, George Dunne is the longest, and most popular, of the eight 18-hole courses. Like all other Forest Preserve Golf courses, George Dunne is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
The course features the standard four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 7,262 yards from the back tees. There are four sets of tees: the back Gold tees, the 6,677 yard Blue tees, the 6,148 yard White tees, and the 5,452 yard forward Red tees. The rolling fairways offer quite a challenge for all levels of golfers. The fairways are mostly straight, surrounded by large, thick trees. Four of the holes dogleg around a water hazard, three of which require the tee shots to be accurate with both distance and angle to avoid the water. When playing from the back tees, all of the par-3 holes are over 170 yards. Water touches ten of the holes, six of which you’ll need to carry your shot over depending on the tee boxes you play and your level of risk when approaching the green. Bunkers are found on every hole, either near the greens, near the fairways, or both. The greens are large and challenging, with interesting breaks and consistent slopes.
This is actually a really challenging course, and my scorecard accurately reflects that. Much like previous rounds, I generally stuck with teeing off with my fairway wood instead of the driver, and also like previous rounds, I tended to push many of my tee shots right. It’s becoming so common now that I feel like I should just go back to my driver and try to figure out how to fix my slice. Away from the tee box, fairway shots with my fairway wood and hybrid are generally pretty good. It’s crazy to think how good those shots have gotten over the past year. Shots with my irons need some work, and I especially need to figure out why I’m chunking my shots after a couple decent practice swings. I’m probably thinking too much about my shot. I know I can get good distance with my irons, so I don’t have a reason to overpower my shot. Wedge play was about average, and I’m starting to get better with figuring out distances with my lob wedge. My putting was overall good, better on the back nine than the front nine.
I ended up shooting a 103 for the round (31 over par, 53 on the front nine, 50 on the back nine) this consisted of three pars, five bogeys, three double bogeys, and all others worse. I 1-putted three times and 3-putted three times, along with three sand shots and five penalty shots. With the way I was playing, I would have thought my score would have been worse, so I’m fine walking away with a score like this.
George W. Dunne National Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,148 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 70.3 / 130 (white tee boxes)
My score: 103 (31 over par)