Golf in Back of the Yards

One or Two 60-Minute Private Lessons or One Spring Tune Up Package from Gil Davis Golf (Up to 70% Off)

Gil Davis Golf

Marquette Park

$115 $39

Fundamentals form the centerpiece of a teaching philosophy espoused by Gil Davis, an alumni of ESPN Golf Schools

One or Two One-Hour Golf Lessons or Three 45-Minute Group Lessons at Chicago Style Golf (Up to 77% Off)

Chicago Style Golf

West Town

$126 $29

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Boutique golf shop offers private and group golf lessons that improve a golfer's swing

One, Two, or Three 60-Minute Indoor Golf Lessons at Gabe Rios Golf (Up to 69% Off)

Gabe Rios Golf

Chicago

$125 $45

Relaxed and enjoyable golf lessons unfold inside hitting bay with Foresight launch monitor, V1 Golf video analysis, and two televisions

$29 for One Golf Class or Two Tennis Classes at Play Golf and Tennis ($69 Value)

Play Golf and Tennis

Multiple Locations

$69 $29

At city parks and facilities, instructors teach students the fundamentals of golf or tennis

1-Month Practice Membership for 1 or 2 or Junior Practice Membership at Chicago Players Club (Up to 55% Value)

Chicago Players Club

Justice

$100 $50

Lighted, 26-acre complex features driving range and golf academy with grass, mats, heated covered tees, and two short game areas

$40 for a Two-Hour Swing and Driver Clinic at Ben Mutz Golf ($240 Value)

Ben Mutz Golf

George W. Dunne National Golf Course

$240 $40

Golf professional calls on more than 25 years of teaching experience to analyze clients' swings and help them improve their skills

$189 for a 2014 Golf Package with 10 Rounds on Rolling Hills Course at Silver Lake Country Club ($870 Value)

Silver Lake Country Club

Orland Park

$870 $189

VIP package includes 10 rounds at a 9-hole executive course, 5 group lessons, 10 buckets of range balls, and a hybrid golf club

2 or 10 Large Buckets of Driving-Range Balls at Odyssey Sweet Spot (Up to 51% Off)

Odyssey Sweet Spot

Tinley Park

$26 $14

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Golfers trace practice shots into open-air from comfort of 12 grass tees and 12 heated stalls at range connected to lively sports bar

Nine-Hole Round of Golf with Optional Cart Rental for Two or Four at Willow Hill Golf Course (Up to 55% Off)

Willow Hill Golf Course

Glenview

$44 $20

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Golfers navigate Scottish links-style course that sprawls over 87 acres with Chicago skyline as backdrop

One or Two Private Indoor Golf Lessons from Kyle Rich Golf Academy at Bogies Indoor Golf Club (Up to 57% Off)

Kyle Rich Golf Academy at Bogies Indoor Golf Club

Downers Grove

$90 $39

PGA-certified instructors impart golf wisdom during private lessons using video swing analysis and the latest in golf-instruction technology

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at Salt Creek Golf Club in Wood Dale (Up to 51% Off)

Salt Creek Golf Club

Salt creek Golf Club

$90 $45

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Par 63 executive course encourages golfers to aim drives down tree-lined fairways and avoid water hazards that come in play on five holes

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Mission Hills Country Club (Up to 69% Off)

Mission Hills Country Club

Northfield

$158 $55

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Clusters of thick forest and intersecting waterways line the fairways of this mature course open since 1926

One or Three Golf Fitness Sessions with Nike Golf-Performance Specialist at Chain Reflex Fitness (Up to 78% Off)

Chain Reflex Fitness

Northbrook

$150 $49

Nike-trained golf specialist shows golfers how to swing and otherwise move so they can avoid injuries and always come in under par

$285 for Three 30-Minute Private Golf Lessons at Michael Camastro Golf Academy (Up to $285 Value)

Michael Camastro Golf Academy

Multiple Locations

$285 $70

PGA teaching pro and his staff of aces groom untidy swings in private lessons with video swing analysis

Mini Golf for Two or Four at Wheaton Park District's Prairie Path Mini Golf Course (50% Off)

Wheaton Park District's Prairie Path Mini Golf Course

Wheaton

$12 $6

Prairie-themed, ADA-accessible course with a central water feature where guests can practice their putting skills across 18 holes

18-Hole Round of Golf for One, Two, or Four Including Cart and Range Balls (Up to 59% Off)

Blackhawk Trace Golf Club

Indian Lakes Resort

$99 $44

27-hole complex has played host to mini-tour events and qualifiers; course challenges golfers with an island green and a 615-yard par-5

Round of Golf for Two or Four, Plus Lunch or Dinner at Nest Bar & Grill at Bolingbrook Golf Club (Up to 50% Off)

Bolingbrook Golf Club

Bolingbrook

$248 $129

Play 18 holes on the 7,104 yd. course with a true-island green before enjoying lunch or dinner and drinks at onsite Nest Bar & Grill

30- or 60-Minute Private Golf Lesson at Sugar Grove Golf Center (Up to 53% Off)

Sugar Grove Golf Center

Sugar Grove

$40 $20

Professional instructor Ed Hildebrand teaches private lessons conducted at a lighted driving range

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart and Range Balls at Deer Valley Golf Club (Up to 43% Off)

Deer Valley Golf Club

Deer Grove

$78 $45

Sculpted into the rolling landscape, 6,415-yard course features bluegrass fairways and four sets of bent grass tees

Select Local Merchants

Former instructor at the East Bank Club and mentee of the renowned Hank Haney, Gil Davis has straightened the swings of Chicago golfers for more than a decade. Gil?s playing philosophy? that establishing a solid foundation of fundamentals can prevent many bad habits and frustrations?focuses on the basics. His instruction centers on developing proper grip, posture, and alignment from the get-go while tying in the strategic skill of course management. This planning mindset?often saved until later in the student?s advancement?keeps players focused on the larger picture in order to solve course conundrums, such as sand traps and the riddles of hole-guarding trolls. Instruction takes place at the practice facilities of Marquette Park, where grass tee boxes and 9,000 square feet of putting and chipping greens re-create common course conditions for focused practice.

6700 S Kedzie Ave.
Chicago,
IL
US

From the seascapes of Pebble Beach Golf Links to the narrow fairways of Pinehurst No. 2, golfers can play some of the world's most famous courses in City Tee Time's golf simulator. The courses come to life on the 12-foot screen that golfers pelt with real golf balls launched by real clubs (City Tee time rents out clubs for no additional charge). During rounds, golfers can adjust shots and game-management strategies by referring to a system of 688 independent sensors that records the trajectory of each shot. Golfers can also adjust a number of variables before each round, such as electing to play in calm, breezy, or windy conditions and on hard, soft, or lava greens.

City Tee Time also boasts a short-game training area and digital practice modules, which let golfers scrutinize their swings and vestigial tails with video-replay technology. While practicing their stroke, guests can keep track of live sporting events on City Tee Time's HD TVs or stay abreast of work responsibilities with the facility's complimentary WiFi.

330 S. Wells, Suite 212
Chicago,
Illinois
US

TourBound Golf Academy fosters score-shaving improvement for golfers of all abilities with the latest PGA Tour simulators and professional instructors. The immense screens of simulators line the walls, vividly bringing to life the verdant landscapes of 50 of the world's most famous courses. To allow for realistic play, the highly detailed simulator experience takes into account factors such as wind currents, ball spin, and excessively sweaty palms to inform the outcome of each swing. Offering a more hands-on kind of swing sprucing, the academy offers sessions with the TourBound robot, which can correct common swing imbalances, such as having too steep a backswing or failing to transfer body weight through the swing. The long arms of the robot physically guide hands through the proper motions, giving players a feel for the proper technique while making sarcastic remarks about human mortality.

For those looking for less structured practice, the academy also offers hitting bays that foster rote swing mechanics. Between time spent peering into the murky depths of their golf swing, guests can relax amid plush leather seats and spacious locker room.

17 N Wabash Ave.
Chicago,
Illinois
US

Signature service: Golf Lessons

Established: 2004

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 1 person

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Brands Used: Taylor Made, Nike, Callaway

Pro Tip: The instructor is knowledgable about the golf game.

6401 South Richards Drive
Chicago,
IL
US

The team of avid golfers at Chicago Style Golf invites golfers of all stripes into its pro shop to check out the industry's newest equipment, take a lesson, or have a broken club repaired. The shop buys, sells, and trades used equipment. Customers can upgrade their driver or trade in their putter after that black cat crossed their putting line. If patrons cannot find the specific club or specs they need, the staff can custom fit and order what they are looking for. Customers also can search for the right putter on the shop's synthetic putting green and test out clubs in one of their three hitting bays, complete with a launch monitor that assists with in-house swing lessons.

2219 West Grand Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

Class A PGA member Gabe Rios understands that the more someone wants to succeed at golf, the harder it is to concentrate on making incremental but essential improvements. By fostering a relaxed atmosphere within his indoor golf studio, he helps his students work out their goals while keeping the game stress-free and fun. Players take their cuts inside a hitting bay fitted with a Foresight launch monitor, V1 Golf video analysis technology, and two televisions. This tech arsenal allows them to watch replays of their swing mechanics in real time and receive feedback on ball flight statistics. Meanwhile, Gabe—himself an avid golfer since the age of six with a degree in professional golf management—looks on from his director’s chair, doling out constructive criticism and inventing playing scenarios, such as a plugged ball or a putter face covered in honey.

925 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

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