Golf, like reported waist size, has evolved over the ages into a superior, miniature version of itself. Appreciate the petite with today's Groupon: for $11, you get two adult (ages 13+) rounds of mini golf (a $15.90 total value) and five batting-cage tokens (a $6.25 total value), good for 12 pitches each, at Wilderness Falls in Bolingbrook (a $22.15 total value).
Wilderness Falls boasts two immersive, 18-hole miniature golf courses dominated by a 40-foot mountain and glistening waterfalls, as well as nine batting cages for high-impact excitement. On the Bear mini golf course, players traverse a 36-foot waterfall, navigate a rattletrap bridge, and brave Bigfoot's cave, where the bear-hugging humanoid lurks in shadow. The Eagle course sees master mini golfers conquering a 40-foot mountain like bipedal billy goats, taking in sweeping views and spotting wild animals such as bears and the native mini gopher. Continue the spheroid-swat session in a selection of six baseball batting cages flinging pitches between 40 mph and 75 mph. In addition, three softball cages challenge sluggers with slow-pitch, fast-pitch, and the aimless-amateur-screenplay pitch.
At any moment, visitors to Wilderness Falls might run into the resident moose. He isn’t grazing: Maddux the Moose, the family fun center’s fuzzy mascot, spends his time playing its two 18-hole, outdoor mini-golf courses and accepting high-fives and hugs from enthusiastic guests. Maddux isn’t the only fixture that may make guests feel as though they’ve wandered into the woods¬; the two mini-golf courses are pretty rugged themselves. The Bear Course, which hosts the annual Chicago Mini-Golf Championship, leads putters past a 35-foot waterfall, into a dark cave, and across creaking wooden walkways, just like the race all of Harrison Ford’s clones run to determine which one will get to play Indiana Jones. Alternatively, the Eagle Course leads players around winding rivers and on a climb to the top of a 40-foot mountain of rock.
Of course, it’s not all roughing it. In the middle of the greens sits the tented arena that holds Wilderness Falls’ batting cages, including six baseball cages and three softball cages. An arcade lights up the indoor space with the glowing screens of video games, and party rooms hold birthday and team celebrations.