Since great aunts cannot resist pinching dimpled cheeks, the overwhelming number of dimples on a golf ball should confuse their grabby hands—defeating them once and for all. Drive dimpled dandies back into their holes with today's deal: for $50, you get an 18-hole round of golf for two, plus cart rental, at The Links at Carillon (up to a $100 value), located in Plainfield, about 35 miles southwest of Chicago.
Listed as one of the best golf resorts on Route 66 by Golf Digest, The Links at Carillon consists of three nine-hole courses of bent-grass fairways and large, well-kept greens. Call up a fellow club wielder and traverse the terrain for 18 holes of golf, crusading from swing to swing aboard a golf cart. Guests can tackle the par 36 red course as a warm-up for the white course and its notorious 9th hole, "The Gauntlet," which requires golfers to defeat expanses of water and slay inner doubting demons. With five different sets of tees, The Links at Carillon accommodates any skill level, whether you’re a borderline PGA professional or unable to distinguish a putter from a flagpole.
Tired golf clobberers can grab a post-round drink or meal at The Links Grille, featuring an extensive bar and tasty entrees. With a driving range, a separate chipping/putting green, and a full pro shop, you'll have ample opportunity to practice your power putt or pick up a golf glove to replace the oven mitt you lost.
Cannot use for 36 holes. Not valid for league outings or holidays. Limit one per twosome or foursome.
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The Links at Carillon was ranked in the 66 Best Public Golf Courses on Route 66 by GolfDigest. It was also featured on Golf Illinois, Chicago Golf Course Review, and three GolfLinkers give it a 3.5-star average.
- Players get rewarded for great golf and penalized for bad decision-making and shot playing. – Brendan O'Brien, Golf Illinois
- On course golfers will find beautifully manicured fairways, tees and bunkers plus well conditioned medium size greens - on a fairly open layout with scattered trees and vegetation. – Chicago Golf Course Review
The Links at Carillon
In 2005, Golf Digest named The Links at Carillon among the best courses on Route 66—the highway artery that connects Chicago to L.A. and has famously served as inspiration for uncountable odes to middle-American life. Perhaps it's fitting, then, that the facility's three nine-hole sides are named the Red course, the White course, and the Blue course. Each enfolds golfers in a test that demands such all-American traits as creativity (on diversely shaped bent-grass fairways), concentration (on undulant greens), and stick-to-itiveness (necessary to locate one's golf ball among the thousands of Easter eggs littering each lake bed).
Then again, it might just be happenstance. After all, each course adheres firmly to the links style of golf course design, a mode of landscape architecture that owes more to the Scottish lowlands than to Oklahoma's Dust Bowls. Hallmarks of such courses include few trees, deep bunkers, and lots of water—features with which golfers become intimately familiar as they string any combination of sides together for full 18-hole rounds.