Much like confronting a former bully at a high-school reunion, playing golf requires an efficient swing and at least three friends to cheer you on. Take a stand with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of driving-range balls at Green Valley Golf Range, located in Hanover Park.
Green Valley Golf Range hones the skills of casual putters and expert golfers alike with a versatile expanse of hitting stations and putting greens. Club swingers can perfect off-plane backswings by hacking at range balls, which come in serving sizes ranging from 45–50 ($5.50) to 200 ($16). All 80 of the driving range's hitting stations are lighted, and 20 are heated and open year-round. Tweak your short game at the chipping and sand-trap areas, or visit the putting green to practice bullying balls into holes with subtle yet menacing motions of the club.
Now in its 41st season, Green Valley Golf Range replaces its balls annually, rents clubs to the unarmed ($0.50), and serves complimentary hot coffee. Customers can use their Groupon within a single intense swinging session or return for multiple afternoons of sphere striking.
Green Valley Golf Range
Slice-prone swings and inconsistent putting strokes meet their demise at Green Valley Golf Range, where guests crush golf balls at an 80-station driving range and sends putts through a tricky mini-golf course. The range boasts towering lights and 20 covered, heated hitting stalls to furnish practice at night, during inclement weather, and through the eternal ice age of the future. The practice facility—which also encompasses a putting green, chipping area, and sand trap—replaces its golf balls every year, ensuring quality equipment for players' enjoyment. The practice facility also houses a virtual golf entertainment experience that allows golfers to play I-tee golf games in which they can compete on courses around the world.
A lighthouse, a pint-sized car, and other old-fashioned obstacles await players at the mini-golf course, a circuit best conquered with laser-like focus attained with the help of Green Valley's complimentary coffee. Clubbers can replenish energy stores zapped after a long day of practice or bench-pressing their driver with a soft-serve ice-cream cone, a slice of Rosati's pizza, or a hot dog, all of which are sold in the Green Valley Ice Cream Shoppe. Adult libations including beer and wine are also available while big-screen TVs broadcast the latest sporting events.