Flagg Creek Golf Course Overview
Jointly owned by the city of Countryside and the Pleasant Dale Park District, this municipal golf course is a short 9-hole affair measuring 2,492 yards. The course was originally called Maple Crest and built back in the 1920’s. In the 1950’s, the course was reduced to 12 holes, an unusual number for a golf course. And in 1993, Flagg Creek opened with the current 9 hole layout.
Flagg Creek’s 9 hole course has a par of 33, with one par-5 and three par-3’s. Four ponds on the course aim to impede your progress throughout the round, especially on the 4th, 5th, and 9th holes. There are bunkers on the course, but luckily only a modest amount. Due to its length, Flagg Creek is more about playing a casual, relaxed round than truly testing your skills. When I visited, there was heavy construction in the parking lot, and the scorecard was simply a piece of paper with amateurish printing on it. So perhaps it was in a state of transition, but there didn’t seem to be any construction on the course itself.
A nice aspect of Flagg Creek is the driving range. Most courses of this length don’t have the space for a full range. You can hit off mats or grass and it’s lit at night and open until 10pm. There’s also a large putting green to tune up your short game.
The clubhouse has a full service restaurant, which takes up most of the space in the building. The pro shop is a walk-up window in the dining area, and while they do have the bare essentials, unfortunately there’s not much merch in there to be had. But frankly, no one is coming to Flagg Creek to reload their golf wardrobe anyway. There’s a gaming area in the clubhouse too, if you want to try your luck on some slots.