5 spots on the North Shore to get your golf on

 

When I was a kid, my grandfather forever tried to get me to golf. I obliged him maybe two or three times before realizing that no, he didn’t want me to golf, he wanted me to be a golfer. And that just wasn’t in the cards.

 

But for him, the sport was one of his great life joys. He spent many afternoons out on the course in his white baseball cap and striped polo shirts. The satisfying “thwack!” of the club hitting the ball is a sound I associate with him even now.

 

As a tribute—and, well, because summer is coming to a screeching halt—I’ve rounded up five fun spots on the North Shore to get your golf on.

 

Northbrook Park District Girls’ Golf Social

 

If, unlike me, your daughters are into golf, sign them up to learn the basics of the game from members of Glenbrook North High School’s girls’ golf team. Fee includes a snack.

 

When: 4-6 p.m. Aug. 25

 

Where: Anetsberger Golf Course, 1750 Techny Road, Northbrook

 

Cost: Varies; call 847-291-2971 for details.

 

Glenview Park District Parent/Child Tournament

 

Team up with your little one age 5 or older and take on other parent-kiddo duos in this friendly competition that includes fun prizes.

 

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 26

 

Where: Glenview Prairie Club, 2800 W. Lake Ave., Glenview

 

Cost: $65 per twosome

 

Park District of Highland Park Family Golf Night

 

Cruise the course in a noncompetitive spirit for kids of all ages to enjoy. Bonus: with beautiful greenery and a glistening pond, the Highland Park Country Club is quite stunning.

 

When: 5-8 p.m., Aug. 27

 

Where: Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave. West, Highland Park

 

Cost: Free

 

Par-King Skill Golf

 

Billing itself as the “world’s most unusual golf course,” Par-King takes on that wonderland vibe of an old-timey amusement park or circus of yesteryear. Word to the wise: Kids have to be at least 48 inches tall to be admitted, and admission is cash only.

 

When: Currently open 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily; weekends only starting Sept. 1

 

Where: 21711 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire

 

Cost: Admission is $8 to $9 per person.

 

The People’s Choice Family Fun Center

 

What do you get when you combine indoor mini golf with glow-in-the-dark fun? Rocky’s Fun House, an 18-hole, four-themed course that’s friendly through all four seasons.

 

When: Noon-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays

 

Where: 21711 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire

 

Cost: Admission is $7.50 per person. Kids younger than 2 are free.

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