Madison Meadows in Lombard, IL (western Chicago suburb) is a nice course for a city park. I played really crappy on Monday night (I was also running a fever and fighting a cold), shooting a 66 (+12 if you count everything as a par 3, which was certainly higher than course par). Tonight I played it again and shot a much more respectable 58. Last night I had 2 double bogies, 4 bogies, and zero birdies. Tonight I had 2 birdies and 6 bogies. It is a pretty long course, too, so I was satisfied with my second effort.
I would recommend playing this course if you are in the area, but walk the course once before you play or you might get lost. It also suffers from poor to non-existent signage. Oh, and on Monday night I could not find hole number 13. I looked and looked but it was dusky and I couldn’t find it. Now I know why. A local yokel informed me today that the basket was stolen 2 weeks ago. How do you like that? I have a rule for just such a situation: if the basket isn’t there, I automatically get a par.
I was especially pleased with my putting tonight, and my long range driving. I’ve got my confidence back, except for in my mid-range drives and approaches. I don’t have a disc that I can confidently throw with accuracy in the 180-220′ range right now. But I had a couple of 300′+ drives that were very pretty, and I birdied hole number 7 which was one of the longest holes on the course.
All in all, the second time through was much more enjoyable, despite the fact that about 200 Pop Warner football players were in my way on holes 4 through 6. Again, that whole city park drawback.