Golf simulators provide all the enjoyment of on-course play without antagonizing Mother Earth with deep divots and offensive comments about her curvaceous topography. Swing through without objectifying your environment with today's Groupon: for $29, you get unlimited driving-range balls and a one-hour golf-simulator session at Golf Nation in Palatine (a $60 total value).
Golfers flock to Golf Nation year-round to fine-tune all facets of their game at the 25,000-square-foot studio's comprehensive indoor and outdoor practice facilities. Begin a day of dedicated swing-honing and tender iron-hugging with a stint at Golf Nation's outdoor driving range, where an unlimited supply of range balls try desperately to stave off motion sickness as they are driven at astronomical speeds toward distant target greens from heated hitting stalls. The facility also fosters short-game skills with various smooth-turf tapestries designed for chipping, putting, and sand-trap practice.
Once duly loosened, players can take to Golf Nation's Full Swing golf simulators, where immense screens vividly simulate the lush layouts of more than 50 championship golf courses. While playing with their own clubs, players can select the weather conditions to enjoy a sun-soaked round over the cerulean simulated waters of Pebble Beach, a typically blustery day amid the thick heathers of St. Andrews, or an experimental session during the cheese-curd hailstorms at Pinehurst. The simulators also feature interactive practice settings, and their shot-tracking technology is so precise that it responds differently to high-end balls than lower-end balls or hardboiled eggs.
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.
399 N Quentin Rd.
Palatine, Illinois 60067