Mike Munro 2017-09-11 01:35:42
Who says you have to stop playing golf once the cold weather settles in? Here are plenty of options for keeping your game in top form SOON ENOUGH, THE weather will force us to retreat from the abundance of golf courses dotting Chicagoland. But don’t worry— an entire industry has evolved around this downtime. We’ve done the legwork to identify several indoor and heated locations that are open during the winter months. GOLF DOMES BUFFALO GROVE SPORTS CENTER, BUFFALO GROVE This facility features a double-deck teeing area, putting green and chipping green with two sand traps. There is also a full-service pro shop, and soft drinks and sandwiches are available in the snack shop. bgparks.org LINKS & TEES, ADDISON Links & Tees has 45 tees and five realistic target greens, a large contoured putting and chipping green, six suspended targets and a new fitting system . The dual-level hitting deck is roomy and accommodates large groups. The dome is fully insulated. Beer, wine, soft drinks and a limited food menu are available. addisonparks.org MCQ’S SPORTS DOME, BOLINGBROOK Here you’ll find a double deck, two contoured putting greens, a short-game area and a sand trap. The next-door sports bar is expansive, with a large selection of drink and food items. McQ’s also brings in the extensive fitting system from Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville in the wintertime. mcqsdome.com SPG GREEN GARDEN, FRANKFORT This is the newest, and one of the largest golf domes, in the Chicago area. There is a chipping and putting green and a second deck with a total of 42 hitting tees. greengardencc.com WHITE PINES, BENSENVILLE White Pines is one of the largest golf domes in the country, featuring five sizeable target greens, six suspended hitting targets, a contoured putting green, 40 tees (including 10 on a second level) and two state-of-the-art virtual golf simulators. whitepinesgolfdome.com LIMITED USE GOLF DOME HIGHLAND PARK FIELDHOUSE, HIGHLAND PARK This facility is open for golf Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. It is used for other sports the rest of the time. hpfieldhouse.com OUTDOOR DRIVING RANGES COG HILL, LEMONT During the cold-weather days, Cog Hill puts overhead heaters inside its covered driving range. The driving range, pro shop, restaurant and bar areas are open in the daytime. Recently added is a fitting and club repair center and club specialist. coghillgolf.com DIVERSEY DRIVING RANGE, CHICAGO This range is located downtown near the lake. It is a double-deck facility that is covered and heated during the winter months. Soft drinks and food items are available. diversey.cpd.com GOLF CENTER DES PLAINES, DES PLAINES You’ll find a three-tier driving range with 80 lighted hitting stations and an automated tee system. All of the 80 tees are heated. This mecca also has a restaurant and bar area with a pro shop. dpparks.org/parks GREEN VALLEY, HANOVER PARK Now in its 47th year of operation, Green Valley has 20 heated covered hitting tees available during the winter months. There is also a pro shop, and beer, wine, soft drinks and food items are available at the facility. The Chicago Bills pro shop next door will allow golfers to demo clubs at the range. greenvalleygolfrange.com LIBERTYVILLE SPORTS COMPLEX, LIBERTYVILLE You can take advantage of 40 heated and weather-protected hitting stations on two levels. libertyville.org SKOKIE SPORTS PARK, SKOKIE Skokie Sports Park is a two-deck practice facility. Eleven of its 40 tees have enclosed and heated stations. In the coldest winter months, the range will close at approximately 4 p.m. skokieparks.org ST. ANDREWS, WEST CHICAGO This is 36-hole golf course and practice facility that has 10 heated covered tee stations. The outdoor range is open until approximately 6 p.m. during the winter months. The driving range has a full-line pro shop, and the nearby clubhouse is open during the daytime hours (if not longer) when the weather is bad. standrewsgc.com TOP GOLF, WOOD DALE AND NAPERVILLE Here’s a golf entertainment center that features a point-scoring system using golf balls with computerized chips. Golf shots are hit at dartboard-like targets that tally your score. There are several bar and restaurant areas on the premises. topgolf.com ZIGFIELD TROY DRIVING RANGE, WOODRIDGE Zigfield Troy is one of the oldest winter facilities anywhere. Six of the hitting stations are covered, and there are portable heaters for comfort. zigfieldtroygolf.com VIRTUAL GOLF SIMULATORS ATHLETICO PHYSICAL THERAPY, OAK BROOK The simulator is open to the public in addition to Athletico’s patients. Weekly specials are available. athletico.com BOGIES INDOOR GOLF CLUB, OSWEGO Bogies has several golf simulators at each of its two facilities. In addition, it has two teaching rooms. And if you’re thirsty, there’s a wide variety of beer and wine to go along with a limited food menu. golfbigc.com FAIRWAYS, CHICAGO Fairways has closed its Lincoln Park operation but is planning to open a new location in Chicago. fairwayschicago.com HALFWAY HOUSE INDOOR GOLF, ELMHURST This facility opened just a few years ago and is attached to the HB Jones restaurant, so food and drink items can be brought directly to you at your hitting station. There are four Full Swing virtual golf simulators, a pro shop and complimentary golf clubs. Lessons and clinics are also available. halfwayhousegolf.com INDOOR GOLF LINKS OF AMERICA, ORLAND PARK With 14 indoor golf simulators, Indoor Golf Links may be the largest facility of its kind in the country. You’ll also find a full bar and a snack shop that serves up sandwiches. indoorgolflinks.net PLAY 18, CHICAGO Located downtown, this is an ideal place to go after a hard day of work. Play 18 has several simulators and driving bays, as well as a locker room, full bar and lounge. play18chicago.com PLAYIN’ THRU GOLF, PLAINFIELD This golf staple just celebrated 25 years in business. In addition to simulators, it offers instruction, club fitting and swing analysis. playinthru.com SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB This new facility features three state-of-the- art virtual golf simulators. And for those looking to grab a bite to eat after playing, Chandler’s Chophouse is located next door. schaumburggolf.com TEE 2 GREEN, HUNTLEY Tee 2 Green has six indoor golf simulators, a putting green, a sand trap and a chipping green. Food and drink are available. t2gindoorgolf.com SPRINGBROOK GOLF COURSE, NAPERVILLE Simulators are available daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through reservations. golfnaperville.org STONY CREEK GOLF COURSE, OAK LAWN Stony Creek has two golf simulators, as well as a large bar and grill. Golf pros are on hand for lessons. Their outdoor range is semi sheltered and is open when winter weather conditions are not too severe. oiparks.com PGA TOUR SUPERSTORES, DOWNERS GROVE AND SCHAUMBURG Inside each store is a state-of-the-art performance center featuring virtual golf simulators that provide slow-motion playback to analyze your swing. pgatoursuperstore.com
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