For a rare weekday afternoon round, I met up with Susie to play a quick 9-hole round at The Links at Carillon Golf Course. The Links at Carillon is located in Plainfield, Illinois, approximately 30 miles southwest of Chicago. Opened in 1990, the Links at Carillon consists of three 9-hole courses: the Red course (3,391 yards, par 36), the White course (3,438 yards, par 36), and the Blue course (3,153 yards, par 35). The Blue course is the newest of the three courses, opening in 1996. I played the Red and White courses back in 2011, so to finished off this course, Susie and I played the Blue course. As I mentioned for the previous round at this course, the three 9-hole courses wrap around the Carillon community, which is a really large community. In many cases, you’ll travel a long distance from the green of one hole to the tee box of the next hole. For this reason, I still do not recommend walking, unless you don’t mind taking a long walk between the holes.
As mentioned before, the Blue course measures in at 3,153 yards from the back tees. You’ll find five sets of tees on each of the three courses, but for the Blue course, the tees range from 3,153 yards to 2,434 yards. The Blue course is a par 35 course with three par-3 and two par-5 holes. All of the fairways are relatively wide open and straight; only the water hazards make the holes look less straight. Even though the name of the course is “The Links at Carillon”, the course doesn’t feel like a traditional “links-style” course, as you would see at other places. Many of the holes have medium-sized trees along the sides of the fairways, and the sand traps are not so much “pot bunkers” but rather more closely resemble standard bunkers. Water hazards touch only three of the holes, and if you play your shots right, you won’t need to carry your shots over any water. Bunkers touch nearly all holes, and looked to be well maintained. The greens are average size, and contain some challenging breaks.
I don’t really have much to say about my round, though I actually felt like I played a pretty good round. Still using my driver, my tee shots were either straight or pushed slightly right. My iron and wedge shots were generally good, though I’m still have difficulty with accuracy, and I’m still occasionally chunking my shots. My putting was a bit random, but overall I was pretty happy with it.
I shot a 45 for the round (10 over par), which was one of the better 9-hole rounds of the season. This consisted of two pars, four bogeys, and three double bogeys. I 1-putted four times and 3-putted twice, made three sand shots, and had two penalty shots. I don’t quite know what I was doing differently this round compared to my last couple of rounds. Maybe playing with Susie just brings the best out of me.
The Links at Carillon – Blue Course – Scores & Stats
Blue course length: 2,929 yards (blue tee boxes)
Blue course par: 36
My score: 45 (10 over par)