Traditionally the pastime of rabbits, pirates, and children trying to find a more direct trade route to China, digging holes in the ground gained much wider acceptance with the advent of golf. Aim for carefully cut chasms with today's Groupon for golf at the Joliet Park District. Choose between the following options:
For $81, you get one three-round punch card and one cart at Inwood Golf Course, Wedgewood Golf Course, and Woodruff Golf Course (up to a $159 value).
For $89, you get 18 holes of golf for four with two carts at Woodruff Golf Course (up to a $212 value).
Children 17 and younger play for free with a paid adult after 5 p.m.
Joliet Park District’s three verdant 18-hole golf courses sprawl across varied terrain, tempting golfers intent on assailing pins. The foursome deal saddles two golf carts with players eager to traverse the scenic and hilly grounds of Woodruff Golf Course, first built in 1926 by a stray lawn mower. After the 18th hole, golfers can tally up scores in the cedar clubhouse while putting up feet on the outdoor patio or inside the lounge complete with warming fireplace. With the second option, individual golfers receive a punch card from the initial course they visit, which is good for a round of golf at each of the three courses, allowing players to swing dance across Wedgewood’s vast greens and dip toes in Inwood's collection of water hazards.
Before rounds, Woodruff offers two practice greens to test out green speeds and dust off putters. Drivers and irons can warm up on Wedgewood's and Inwood's lighted driving ranges or bully smaller clubs on both courses' pitching, chipping, and putting practice areas.
Joliet Park District's courses have occasional special rates throughout the week; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
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.