Inwood Golf Course Overview
Historic Inwood Golf Course sits in wider Inwood Park, which contains not just the course, but picnic areas, tennis courts, a playground, bocce courts, wooded areas, and more. The Joliet Park District owns the course here, which was built in 1931. When you play here, you are continuing a legacy of public golf that has permeated in this community for nearly a century. Inwood is one of three courses owned by the Joliet Park District and is the most difficult of the group. To the west of the park is Joliet Regional Airport, so you’ll get the added intrigue of low flying planes throughout your round.
The Park District says Inwood is a “course tailored to the accurate player,” which means the fairways are narrow. This is true, but there’s a healthy amount of real estate between most holes, so imprecise ordnance is not always severely punished. The number of mature trees lining most fairways is reasonable; there’s not the claustrophobic feeling like at some tracks. Additionally, the Park District says the course “demands good course management, [and] precise iron play,” which is true due to the four scattered ponds and the creek that runs through the southern portion of the property. Overall, the track is largely flat throughout its 6,344 yards. Par is 71, and the course rating is 71.5 with a slope of 129.
The practice facilities here are top notch. The driving range is lit at night and has both grass tees and mats. There’s three practice greens to tune up your short game. One is strictly for putting, while two others are for dialing in those wedges. There’s a bunker too. The pro shop is on the smaller side and doesn’t have much merch. The restaurant takes up most of the space in the clubhouse and offers standard bar fare. There’s slot machines in the corner too.