5 best miniature golf places in Chicago for families


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.


Par-King Miniature Golf

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.


The Putting Edge

The Putting Edge (4105 N. Harlem Ave., Norridge) offers 18 holes of a glow-in-the-dark musical world that encompasses ocean depths to rain forests; medieval times to Aztec jungles. Be sure to look at "What's Glowin' On" on its website listing current specials and events. They have an online game that's fun to play and gives a preview of what to expect.


Rocky's Fun House

Golf your way through the circus at Rocky's Fun House Miniature Golf in Waukegan, just three miles from Six Flags Great America. Rocky's (2411 Grand Ave.) boasts a 16-foot moving Ferris wheel, Big Top, trapeze artists, elephants and a wacky mirror room. This indoor 18-hole, glow-in-the-dark course is part of an arcade complex. Golf every Wednesday for just $3 or earn a free game by making a hole-in-one.


Novelty Golf

Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood (3650 W. Devon Ave.) offers two 18-hole courses with diverse and fanciful statuaries-everything from a fairy castle to Snoopy's doghouse; Lady Liberty to Frankenstein; a giant rooster to a seal balancing a ball on its snout. Novelty Golf caters to families and children of all ages and sizes and offers a second game discount. There are batting cages, a game room, a picnic area, and concessions at the Bunny Hutch. Cash only.


Space Golf

Get ready for an out-of-this-world experience at Space Golf in Orland Park (15611 S. 94th Ave.). Alien Planets, giant robots, flying saucers and space creatures wait to test your skill at this 18-hole course. Music, lasers and other high-tech special effects lend drama to the experience; optional 3-D glasses and alien laser blasters (for kids 8 and up to "zap" aliens) add to the fun.

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