A short drive from my home is The Links at Carillon located in Plainfield, IL. My wife and I played with another couple that are friends of ours on Labor Day. It was a fun day and even more fun to play this sporty little course.
The Links has a unique layout. The course is comprised of three individual nine holes. These nine holes are the Red course the White course and the Blue course. You're able to play any combination of the three courses you would like to play. Decisions, decisions. But a decision that is fun to have to make. For the front nine we tee'd it up on the Red course, and the back nine ended with the White course this day.
Bob and I played from the white tees. The distance from the white's measured 6010 yards with the combination of the course we played with a slope of 120. A fairly easy track to play. The excitement comes in when water comes into play on 10 holes of the 18 played. You'd better have a couple of extra sleeves of balls with you just in case your first shot doesn't stay dry.
If you're a novice to this course, pay close attention to the G.P.S.'ed carts that accompany you in your navigation around the course. There are hidden creeks dissecting lush greens fairways (thanks to the rain that fell recently) that you won't see off some tees.
Many of the greens we hit to were in nice shape with contours and undulations that would challenge the best putting stroke. Take care in your stroke as the greens had more than average speed. The greens themselves were not in the best shape as the ball did not roll true due to spike marks. Maybe groundskeeping needed to roll the greens? We tee'ed off fairly early and the ball hopped around like a poodle on a leash.
The holes are spaced out quite nicely which helped speed up the pace of play considerable. Besides, I like a spread-out design rather than have all the holes on top of one another. The course is just like the name says, links style, so you won't encounter a lot of trees. What you will be punished with, is if you're off the fairway because it is thick long rough. The course meanders through residential property so I hope the homeowners have their liability insurance payed up for that stray golfball that will inevitably visit their window.
Arrive early for your tee time and use the practice facilities. They have a range to loosen up. Chipping green and putting green. Also a well stocked pro shop and restaurant. Speaking of food, make sure at the turn you try the footlong hotdog or brat. Well worth the $3.50.
For the $40 greens fees we forked over, I'll be back to play this challenging track in the future.