Golf balls, like shoulders and the tastiest of taco dips, are only satisfied when properly chipped. Work out pent-up pendulum gesticulations with today's Groupon: for $81, you get three rounds of golf (up to $37 value each) and cart rental (up to $16 value each) at Joliet Park District courses. This Groupon is valid for one round of golf at each of JPD’s three golf courses: Woodruff, Wedgewood, and Inwood.
With the earliest course opening in 1926, Joliet Park District has spent the past near-century carefully tweaking the terrains to maximize challenging holes and playability. Woodruff's 85-year history has left the course mellow and fastidiously manicured with a picturesque rolling landscape. Inwood presents a more challenging jaunt, demanding a certain precision with strategic course management, accurate iron play, and whispered encouragement to putted balls on the fast greens. Built in 1970, Wedgewood is a par 72 course that presents water hazards on nearly half of the holes, and wind is almost always a factor that heckles golfers midswing.
Each course offers an array of amenities for legitimate links lovers, each selling and servicing irons from their pro shop and easing eagle-envying tensions from their respective concession stands. The new cedar clubhouse at Woodruff boasts a comfortable lounge and roaring hearth, and Inwood is equipped to test tee-ups with a lighted driving range, large practice putting green, and practice area for chipping, pitching, and building bunker sandcastles.
Joliet Park District
The Joliet Park District sprawls across more than 1,000 acres, engaging visitors with everything from sports to nature. Guests can wander through the foliaged paths of the Pilcher Park Nature Center and the organic community garden, or treat their senses to the floral colors and aromas that fill the bird-haven greenhouse. The 10,000-seat Joliet Memorial Stadium hosts high-school and college sporting events, while a dozen athletic fields fill with recreational players hitting baseballs, catching softballs, and spiking soccer balls when the referee isn't looking. During the summer, inner tubes transport patrons down Joliet Splash Station's high-speed water slides and 865-foot lazy river, and the glittery strands of Fourth of July fireworks color the skies above the stadium.