I was shocked to learn kids in Chicago have vast resources when it comes to learning and playing golf.
The First Tee of Greater Chicago, which helps kids learn life lessons through golf.
Tour Bound Golf Academy also provides lessons for kids at Play 18, an indoor golf range at 17 N. Wabash St. in the Loop. It’ll cost you, though. A one-hour private is $130. Rental clubs are available, as is valet parking.
Chicagoland Golf Academy offers 60-minute group lessons for ages 8-17 for six weeks for $149 at Diversey Range.
If you already know how to play, you might want to take advantage of the free golf resources Chicago has to offer. The Chicago Park District has six free golf courses for use from the far south side to North Lake Shore Drive. Families can choose from a variety of options, all managed by Billy Casper Golf.
Mini golf is a fun way to get your youngster used to playing with clubs. Diversey Range, in the heart of Lincoln Park, has mini golf, a driving range and free club rentals for kids. So does Douglas Park in North Lawndale, which boasts a five-hole learning course and mini golf with free clubs to use.
The best part about golfing in Chicago? If the weather’s bad (and we all know just how bad it can be), there are many indoor options. Fairways, 1141 W. Armitage, is open at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays for lessons and practice. Also, the Sydney Marovitz Golf Course, 3600 N. Recreation Drive, has an indoor HD Golf simulator. But it’s BYOC–that’s bring your own clubs.