Golf courses are places of quiet and tranquility, which is why most clubs train their seasonal birds to limit chirping to well-timed "fore" warnings. Swing your way through a serene day with this Groupon.
$19 for 11 baskets of Driving-Range Balls ($40 Value)
Players are given personal electronic keys to redeem baskets at the 23-station driving range. Each basket contains about 35 golf balls.
Sugar Creek Golf Course
Wrapped around a three-acre pond that springs forth from the course’s namesake, the top 100 PGA Performer Sugar Creek Golf Course challenges players with an array of natural and manmade hazards. Owned and operated by the Elmhurst Park District and the Village of Villa Park, the nine-hole course’s average round lasts just over two hours, as players must navigate tree-lined fairways and zip putts across large Penncross bentgrass greens. The course was renovated in 2003 to include new sand traps, tee boxes, and green placements, and the eighth hole was quietly converted into a par 4 from its original state as a 17-stroke putt-putt labyrinth.
The facility features a 23-station driving range and a clubhouse replete with both a pro shop and a full-service bar and grill. A tandem of golf pros are on hand to give private or group lessons that utilize V1 digital golf video-analysis software, which lets students review their swings to help recognize flaws and build muscle memory that mimics Arnold Palmer's chiseled thighs.
Sugar Creek Golf Course at a Glance:
- Par 32, nine-hole course
- Three sets of tees
- Length of 2,344 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 62.0 from the back tees
- Slope rating of 106 from the back tees
Elmhurst Park District's Courts Plus gathers exercisers of all ages to its facility that boasts 60 fitness classes per week, an indoor climbing wall, and experienced personal trainers. From aquatics to martial arts, Courts Plus's troupe of trainers help their members and guests hone lean physiques, and a large gym boasts 70 pieces of cardio equipment, 38 strength-training machines, and impressively accurate mirrors. Youth programs abound as well, including summer camps, junior tennis lessons, and a strength-training program customized for ages 6–15.