Golf can be meditative and relaxing or a social experience, depending on who you ask. It’s a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the air as well as meet new people or talk things over with someone you’ve been meaning to catch up with, all while engaged in a physical activity. However, golfing is notoriously one of the most expensive pastimes, with club dues, equipment and course fees. Here are a few places near the city where you can keep up your game without breaking the bank.
Robert A. Black Golf Course
2045 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
The Robert Black course has been called Chicago’s ‘hidden gem’ and the few golfers that do play there would like to keep it to themselves. With low prices and a friendly staff, the small nine-hole course is appropriate for golf novices or for those enthusiasts who want to keep their practice up on the cheaper side or even those who just want to play on occasion. There are some challenging holes, however, so the course can be fun for a group outing or league play. Situated right in Rogers Park, you don’t even need to leave the city limits.
Indian Boundary Golf Course
8600 W. Forest Preserve Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
Indian Boundary is an 18-hole course with enough challenges to keep experienced golfers busy, but not impossible for a novice. In addition to being affordable, the course is scenic and teeming with wildlife in the wooded borders. Although it is one of the Forest Preserve’s most popular courses, it is rarely crowded on the weekdays, which is also when the best deals can be had. On the weekends, be prepared to wait a bit longer. Carts are also available to rent, click here for rates for both the course and amenities.
Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course
3600 N. Recreation Drive
Chicago, IL 60613
Go to the Sydney R. Marovitz course for a long game with great views. The course is nine holes but incredibly popular on weekends, so it may take three hours to play. The fairways, sandtraps and greens are well maintained for the amount of use the course gets and, as expected, the views are spectacular. Views of the skyline dominate as you play and views of Lake Michigan are paramount as you finish your game. Use your CPDG Player’s Advantage Card to save money when you play at any Chicago Park District course. Click here for more information and also for tee time reservations.
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Chick Evans Golf Course
6145 Golf Road
Morton Grove, IL 60053
If you’re a discount hunter, the Chick Evans course may be the one for you as it often offers coupons. It’s an easy drive from the city and the staff is friendly and helpful, aware of any course idiosyncrasies and willing to advise golfers. The course is 18 holes long with each hole presenting its own challenge, including the fact that the Chicago River cuts through the middle of the course. The course is a shorter one for 18 holes at 5,691 yards, but there is an option to play only nine holes if that is your preference.
Jackson Park Golf Course
6401 S. Richards Drive
Chicago, IL 60649
The Jackson Park Golf Course is ideal for planning a relaxing time with a group of friends. It is a wide-open and well-maintained course with reasonable prices right off of Lake Shore Drive. The 18-hole course can be slow playing on the weekends, but there is a beverage cart available on the course to alleviate any boredom. Golf cart rentals are available as well. The course has a few challenging bunkers but is still accessible to novice players. It is a good place to go in the city to work on your game or just to play hooky from work. Click here for rates.
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Meredith Lyons is an actor, competitive fighter and fitness instructor in Chicago who also owns an amazing cat named Jake. Meredith has been writing on Examiner as the Chicago Martial Arts Examiner since 2008. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.