Over the weekend, I ventured for a round at 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. I previously played the Red/Lakes course in May of this year, so for this round, Markus and I played the White/Woodlands course.
The course features four par-3 and two par-5 holes for a total par of 70 at a length of 6,252 yards from the back tees. There are three sets of tees: the back Black tees, the 5,990 yard White tees, and the 5,419 yard forward Gold tees. For ladies, five of the par-4 holes turn into par-5’s, bringing the total par up to 75. The rolling fairways are straight and open, surrounded by large trees (as the course name suggests). There are no dogleg holes. You also won’t find any water hazards on this course (head to the Red/Lakes course for that). Bunkers are found on every hole, mostly next to the greens, with an occasional trap next to the fairway. The bunkers seemed in decent condition, though they could use a little bit more raking. The greens are of average size and difficulty, and felt pretty soft for the round, which made the putts seem a little slow.
For once, I actually played a really, really good round. Keeping the driver in the bag again, I mostly made my tee shots with my hybrid, and out of ten tee shots with my hybrid, I only pushed twice. Other tee shots with my fairway wood and irons were decent, though not as consistent. My iron shots were pretty good, and I wasn’t chunking nearly at all. One thing that was a bit different with this round was I wasn’t taking practice swings very often. When I went to make my shot, I just approached the ball, relaxed a bit, at swung. More often than not, I would hit a clean shot. I was also pretty happy with my wedge shots. (I really do need to get a new set of wedges.) Putting was a bit more random, but was generally better on the back nine.
I ended up shooting a 92 for the round (22 over par, 49 on the front nine, 43 on the back nine). This round ties my previous best score at Woodbine Golf Course in October of 2012. My score consisted of four pars, seven bogeys, six double bogeys, and others worse. I 1-putted three times and 3-putted twice, and had two sand shots and no penalty shots (this really helped). Needless to say, I’m pretty happy about this round. I felt like my swings were smooth and consistent, and the consistency with my hybrid gave me a lot of confidence. I’m really torn now about what I should be hitting off the tee. While I do like the distance of a driver or fairway wood, I think I more like the accuracy of my hybrid. I know I should start using my driver a bit more, but maybe I’ll play a couple more rounds focusing more on the hybrid, so I can keep getting lower scores.
Gleneagles Country Club – White/Woodlands Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 5,990 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 70
Course rating/slope: 68.8 / 122 (white tee boxes)
My score: 92 (22 over par)