While it's easier for golfers to book an 18-hole round during the winter months, they usually get stuck waiting days for the snowmen ahead of them to finally tee off. Practice your swing in any weather with today's Groupon: for $30, you get one adult 30-minute private golf lesson with a PGA professional, plus a large bucket of balls, at The Players Club of Chicago in Justice (a $62 value). The Players Club's in-season and off-season golf sanctuary lets sportspeople tune up their swings inside the comfy confines of a heated canopy. During a 30-minute private lesson, one of the club's PGA professionals—including owner Mike Mandakas, who boasts nine years of experience as a golf professional at elite private country clubs, and Mike Harrigan, who has played in eight Western Open tournaments—helps hone your short game or sharpen your off-the-tee drive until it less often hits passing presidential convoys. Golfers who've already refined their follow-through can show off their sharpshooting skills with an additional large bucket of 90 to 100 balls.
Chicago Players Club
The 26-acre facility just 20 minutes from downtown encompasses a sprawling driving range with 60 total hitting stations including 30 mats, 17 covered and heated hitting bays, a 3,500 square foot putting green, two short game areas, and seven target greens. Adjacent to the range, golfers can hone their game around the green at the short game range, which will soon include a bunker to build sandcastle memorials to all of the golf balls lost in battle to course hazards. The entire complex is open year-round and lighted for after-hours practice.
Though golfers can find ample opportunities to improve their skills at the facility through solo practice, the Chicago Players Club can make practice sessions even more effective with advice from a staff of veteran PGA Teaching Professionals. The staff includes decorated PGA pros Mike Mandakas, the owner who has been a golf professional at the elite Olympia Fields, Desert Mountain, and Medinah Country Clubs, Mike Harrigan, who played in eight Western Open PGA Tournaments and was the Illinois PGA Pro and Teacher of the Year in 1995, Jim "Doc" Suttie, the number one ranked teaching professional in Illinois, and Brian Vaisnoras, who has worked a variety of Professional instructor positions on the east coast. The staff offers lessons for players of all ages and abilities, as well as club-fitting services to ensure golfers and their equipment are emotionally compatible.
8500 W 79th St.
Justice, Illinois 60458