On Labor Day, my friend Brad and I travelled to Northfield to play one of our favorites, Willingers Golf Club. Unfortunately, it wasn’t one of our better visits.
It started out on the wrong foot in the pro shop. We were informed upon checking in that tee times were running behind because of course maintenance (not sure exactly what that meant). Then they told us the full walking rate was $51 – I guess I haven’t played there at regular rates in a long time. I love the course, but $51 to walk is getting to be a bit much.
There was no starter on the first tee to keep the already delayed start in order, so that took longer than it should have. We were paired up with a friendly father-daughter twosome that were a little overmatched by the difficult Gill Miller design and ended up dropping out at the turn. This course can be hard for me, too, as I struggled to break 100. I did par one of my nemesis holes, though, the par three third hole.
The economy continues to delay the addition of houses to Willingers, but the shooters at the gun club next door were out in full force.
Despite all these issues, Willingers remains one of my favorites and I’m sure we’ll be back again soon.Originally published by DK on September 19, 2009 at 1:37 am