So I’m behind on my blog posts, but I am at least still golfing. A couple months ago, Susie and I, along with a couple of her friends, played a round at The Village Links of Glen Ellyn. The course, which is located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, is approximately 26 miles west of downtown Chicago. You’ll find two courses here: an 18-hole course and a 9-hole course. For this round, we played the 18-hole course.
The course was opened in 1967 as a 18-hole course. In 1975, another 9 holes (called the “Link-Up Nine”) were added on, and had a completely different entrance. In 1977, the “Link-Up Nine” and the back nine of the 18-hole course combined to make the 18-hole you see today, while the original front nine became the 9-hole course. In 2003, the 18-hole course was renovated, which resulted in a renumbering of holes, and an increase in length to 7,208 yards.
The course actually has a lot more history than that, though. In 1980, the course hosted the qualifying rounds for the Western Open, and continued to host for nearly every year up to 2006, when the Western Open turned into the BMW Championship that we are all familiar with today.
The 18-hole course features the standard four par-3 and four par-5 holes for a total par of 72 at a length of 7,208 yards from the back tees. There are five sets of tees: the back Black tees, the 6,770 yard Blue tees, the 6,382 yard White tees, the 6,004 Gold tees, and the 5,439 yard forward Red tees. This is not a true “links-style” course, but rather it’s a standard traditional course. The fairways have a great design that nearly require “target golf” on your shots; you’ll need to be precise with your accuracy and distance in order to avoid a water hazard or a bunker. Overall, though, the fairways are generally open, flat, and straight. Water hazards touch 14 of the holes, including the 18th hole (a 422 yard par-4) where the fairway wraps around a small pond, requiring you to make a decision where to place your tee shot. If you play your shots correctly, you’ll only need to carry water over two or three hazards, depending on which tee box you are playing. Bunkers are found on every hole, either near the landing area of the fairways, around the green, or both. The greens are fairly large with some challenging breaks, and played a little slow during my round.
I felt like I played a decent round, but I know I could have scored better. My tee shots were a bit random, but still mostly pushing right. Similar to my previous rounds, I teed off mostly with my fairway wood or my hybrid. Since I was struggling to keep my tee shots consistent on the back nine, I did pull out the driver for two holes, and had a couple decent tee shots. My iron shots were generally good, and I wasn’t chunking the ball nearly as often. I tried the same routine of not making any practice swings, and it seemed to help. Adversely, I was chunking my shots with my wedges, which got really annoying throughout the round. My putting was also pretty bad. I think if my wedge shots and my putting was better, I would have easily shot in the low 90’s.
I ended up shooting a 102 (30 over par, 49 on the front nine, 53 on the back nine), which consisted of one par, eight bogeys, five double bogeys, and all others worse. I 1-putted once and 3-putted four times, along with three sand shots and two penalty shots. I really need to work on making my tee shots more accurate, using the driver more, and chunking less with my irons.
The Village Links of Glen Ellyn – 18-hole Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,382 yards (white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 71.2 / 130 (white tee boxes)
My score: 102 (30 over par)