Like wrong turns and yodeling passengers, practicing a golf swing can make drives significantly longer. Take a shortcut to sporting success with today's Groupon: for $75, you get five day passes and a 60-minute golf-simulator session at Golf Nation in Palatine (up to a $190 value).
Golf Nation dotes on duffers with 25,000 square feet of game-enhancing and fitness-building facilities. Sixty minutes in a Full Swing golf simulator allows golfers of all skill levels to take a turn circumnavigating the verdant and wolverine-free fairways of courses such as Torrey Pines and Pebble Beach. The high-tech system lets users customize everything from the weather to green speeds to suit their preferences, ensuring no round is sullied by an unseasonable virtual blizzard or club-melting acid rain.
The center’s real-life indoor practice areas include a true-roll putting green, sand traps, and chipping areas, and a heated outdoor range provides patrons with unlimited balls with which to break in a new iron or juggling routine. A par 3 outdoor golf hole and periodic clinics further hone skills, and a fully stocked fitness center imparts club-less cross-training.
Some consider golf a slow sport, perhaps even antiquated. But Golf Nation brings the traditional pastime into the modern age with the most contemporary technology and tools, including true-roll indoor putting and chipping greens. Golfers can also read up on the latest golf-training materials, perfect their game at true-roll indoor putting greens and multiple chipping short game areas; an indoor bunker area made of real sand ideal for green and fairway side shots; or they can venture outside for driving-range practice from heated bays.
With 25,000 square feet of space, Golf Nation also houses a fitness club stocked with quality cardio equipment and extra space for group yoga and spin classes. A café and lounge claims the remainder of the space, brimming with the aromas of healthy food and sound of convivial chatter.