Fountain Hills Golf Club Overview
Construction of Fountain Hills began in the fall of 1992 and cost a total of $2.5 million. The Alsip Park District 9-hole property opened in summer 1995 on the former site of a landfill. Back then, the non-resident rate for golf was $13 on the weekends. Fast forward to 2023, and the rate is $21. Credit to Alsip for keeping golf affordable.
The course is a regulation 9-hole affair with two par-5’s and two par-3’s yielding a par of 36. The property is bordered by trees along the outer edges, and has some interior trees lining most fairways. But there’s not a forest on every hole like some courses; there’s usually room to breathe. The venue spans 3,233 yards from the back tees, and by the way the scorecard has 5 sets of tee boxes. The green and red tees have the same exact yardages, so maybe that’s a printing error? The course rating is 35.6, with a slope of 129. Stony Creek runs diagonally about a block southwest of the course, but doesn’t enter the club’s real estate. Instead, 3 ponds dot the landscape and want to spoil your round. The course has fun rolling hills that make things interesting. Hole #3 is the longest and toughest hole, a 540 yard par-5 with water on the right. The fairway is about 25 yards at its widest point with OB on the left.
It’s a nice touch when a 9-hole course has a driving range, and Fountain Hills delivers. The range here is lit at night, has both mats and grass tees, and at ~330 yards deep is one of the longer ones in Chicagoland. There’s two practice greens at the club; a large one next to the first tee, and a smaller one with a bunker by the range. The clubhouse houses the BackNine restaurant, the pro shop, and some slot machines. The eatery has standard bar food you’d expect. The pro shop is tiny with a modest amount of merch.