Located in the sleep hollow of Homer Glen sits one of the first golf courses in Illinois. Constructed in 1926 this piece of property was one of the first courses to be built in the country.
The course name, Old Oak is fitting. Mature trees and tight fairways are on every hole. Mainly oak trees and hickory's, but also few weeping willows just waiting to swallow your ball on an errant tee shot. This duffer viewed the course through the trees on many holes.
I've been wanting to play this course all year. For some reason or another I was just never able to get out and play it. My brother-in-law called me last minute, so we hit the links. We played from the blues which measured 6,239. There are some long par 4s and 5s. Especially with a stiff breeze in your face.
The course is hard enough as I said with all the trees. Throw in 25 - 30 MPH wind gusts and it presents a whole new challenge. On top of that you have Long Run Creek that snakes it's way around the course. Your balls are definitely going to get wet if you aren't careful.
With it being so late in the season I have to give the grounds crew credit. The fairways were immaculate and plush. They were aerating the greens on the front nine, but the back nine were in great shape. Fast and rolling true. I don't think I had a straight putt all day with the way the greens sloped and dipped. And I mean severe slopes and contours.
Come next spring/summer I plan on getting out here again and really enjoy all this course has to offer. I'm sure in regular conditions this course would rate among my top ten in the area. Greens fees are $53 riding Mon - Thus, and $68 riding Fri, Sat, Sun and Holidays.
Their motorized carts are all GPS equipped wich makes life easier for playing a course you've never played. I'm not so sure how walkers would fair on this course with all the up and down. The course is quite hilly and long so walking could be a challenge.
They have the usual amenities for chipping, putting and a driving range. So get to the course early to warm up.