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Meadowlarks are difficult to spot at Meadowlark Golf Course

This bird with the yellow back could be a meadowlark instead of a yellow warbler.
This bird with the yellow back could be a meadowlark instead of a yellow warbler.
© 1984 Vernon Brookins

Meadowlark Golf Course is a nine holes, Forest Preserve Golf course at 11599 31st Street in Hinsdale, Ill. I assume that because this golf course has meadowlark in its name, that these birds are somewhere on the premises. For golfers it may be difficult to spot these avians.

It requires patience and sometimes silence to spot any birds on any Chicago-land golf course. Golfers need to keep moving so that they do not incur slow play penalties or aggravate groups that are following them. Golfers are not silent; the slaps of metal woods against golf balls are loud. Golf’s procedures are disadvantages for playing golfers who are also birdwatchers.

Meadowlark Golf Course has three teeing grounds on every hole: Blue, White and Red. Total yardage from the Blue teeing grounds is 3,404 yards. From the White teeing grounds, the total yardage is 3,253. Two thousand eight hundred seventy-two is the total yardage from the Red teeing grounds. Here are the ratings/slopes from each teeing ground: Blue-35.8/114, White-35.1/111 and Red-36.0/114.

This course consists of two, par five holes; five, par four holes and two, par three holes. Total par for all holes is 36. The longest hole is the sixth—563 yards from the Blue teeing ground. The shortest hole is the fourth—198 yards from the Blue teeing ground.

Meadowlark’s, northern boundary is 31st Street. Its eastern boundary is Wolf Road. (Golfers are unlikely to spot any wolves.) The Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294) is its western boundary, and 35th Street is its southern boundary.

Golfers who intend to travel to this golf using private vehicles, and coming from the north or south, should use I-294 and exit at Ogden Avenue (US Highway 34). After exiting going east, they should take Ogden Avenue east to Wolf Road. At Wolf Road, they should go north to 31st Street. At 31st Street, they should turn left, going west, .25 mile to the entrance, which is on the southern side of 31st Street. From the east, golfers should take Ogden Avenue. From western suburbs in DuPage County, golfers should take 31st Street (Oak Brook Road/State Highway 34) to the entrance.

Golfers who intend to travel via public transportation can use the CTA, Pace and Metra. From the east, golfers should take CTA’s Pink Line to the west end at 54th/Cermak. From there, they should take Pace bus #322 to Wolf Road and Cermak Road in Westbrook. From there, it is a 1.25 mile walk south on Wolf and west on 31st Street to the entrance. From western suburbs, Pace’s #322 bus will pick up golfers at the Yorktown Center. From the north and the south, the westernmost route is Pace’s #330 to Cermak Road, and then #322. Metra’s BNSF route to Aurora stops at the Western Springs Station, which is approximately one mile southwest of the golf course.

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