Miniature golf is one part sport, one part visual art, and one part magic. Many of us have fond memories of our favorite childhood putt-putt course, and our own children continue to find delight in knocking a golf ball through quirky, imaginative obstacles. Area courses offer families physical activity and relaxed time together for no more than the price of a movie.
Here are a few of our favorites. Also check with your local park district; some maintain their own miniature golf courses and charge reasonable rates.You might also like:
Par-King Skill Golf's slogan is affirmed by Golf Digest: "Par-King might be the most creative miniature golf course in the country." Located in Lincolnshire, Par-King (21711 Milwaukee Ave.) was among the first to combine elements of an amusement park with a golf course. In business since the 1960s, Par-King offers two 18-hole courses with challenging, whimsical holes such as replicas of a vintage elevator and the Statue of Liberty, and a 12-foot looping wooden roller coaster. They are open weekends only beginning the second week of June. Because most of the holes involve moving mechanical elements, players must be at least 48 inches tall. Cash only.