Slice-prone swings and inconsistent putting strokes meet their demise at Green Valley Golf Range, where guests crush golf balls at an 80-station driving range and sends putts through a tricky mini-golf course. The range boasts towering lights and 20 covered, heated hitting stalls to furnish practice at night, during inclement weather, and through the eternal ice age of the future. The practice facility—which also encompasses a putting green, chipping area, and sand trap—replaces its golf balls every year, ensuring quality equipment for players' enjoyment. The practice facility also houses a virtual golf entertainment experience that allows golfers to play I-tee golf games in which they can compete on courses around the world.
A lighthouse, a pint-sized car, and other old-fashioned obstacles await players at the mini-golf course, a circuit best conquered with laser-like focus attained with the help of Green Valley's complimentary coffee. Clubbers can replenish energy stores zapped after a long day of practice or bench-pressing their driver with a soft-serve ice-cream cone, a slice of Rosati's pizza, or a hot dog, all of which are sold in the Green Valley Ice Cream Shoppe. Adult libations including beer and wine are also available while big-screen TVs broadcast the latest sporting events.
With iridescent miniature golf courses in malls throughout North America, Glowgolf adds elements of phosphorescent fun to shopping sessions. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent animals, and lush foliage reminiscent of the glowing trees on Neptune. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to get familiar with each hole's obstacles. Equipment is available on the spot, so players won't have to carry around personal clubs or seek out a bioluminescent caddie.
It's not every town that can lay claim to its own water park. Carol Stream's Coral Cove Water Park
makes summers splashier for residents and visitors from less-lucky towns with its huge expanse of aquamarine waters, interrupted only by slides and other fun attractions.
* For adventurers: two towering, twisty tube slides; a plunge pool with drop slide and diving board; a 15-ft. climbing wall
* For little ones: the shallow end of the massive walk-in pool; an interactive water playground complete with drop bucket and toddler-size slide; a dry playground
* For sunbathers and reptiles: Lounge chairs dot a deck and grassy hill.
* Food options: pizza, Italian food, salad, and ice cream at RoccoVino's poolside cafe
* Lifeguard safety rating: five stars, one for each sense they use to perceive potential dangers
The River View Miniature Golf Course unfurls its scenic views of the nearby Fox River for guests navigating the sea of naturally landscaped greens. An interactive babbling brook, waterfall, and sand traps all await golfers along the par 42 course, challenging putters with a multitude of geometric recalculations throughout their game. The siren songs of the course's windmill, lighthouse, and various bridges further complicate trajectories while sheltering the Lilliputian greenskeepers. Nine of the holes feature architectural sculpting that make them wheelchair accessible.
Looking to put a new spin on a classic family activity, the minds behind Glowgolf decided to give the game a phosphorescent update. Incandescent courses place friends and family amid a tropical-fantasy golf world of neon orange, green, and violet surroundings. Players putt luminous orbs through vibrant treasure chests and glimmering windmills while negotiating tricky obstacles near walls portraying black-light-lit aquatic scenes. With more than 20 locations spread over 10 states, Glowgolf's fluorescent labyrinths challenge human players and traveling gnomes.
Treat yourself to good food and drink at Golf Farm in Wauconda.
Little ones are free to make a mess at Golf Farm, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Golf Farm is a great summer destination.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Golf Farm's patrons can find places to park in the area.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.