Don’t let the winter snow and ice keep you from your favorite summer pastime – golf. There are plenty of indoor golf facilities throughout northern Illinois to keep you and your swing in shape, and maybe even improve with the aid of a golf simulator. The state-of-the-art technology in golf simulators can track a golfer’s swing and ball launch to simulate what the ball would have done had the hit been made in the real world instead of a virtual one.
Many of the golf facilities have outdoor ranges that will stay open into the early fall, weather permitting. Golfers should call ahead to confirm indoor operation hours. Here are a few to consider as autumn’s chill nips at your cleats.
White Pines Golf Dome
The White Pines Golf Dome measures 300 feet wide, by 300 feet long and is 100 feet high. It maintains a constant temperature of about 65 degrees, regardless of the freezing weather outside. Amenities include five target greens surrounded by bunkers, 45 foot long contoured putting green, six suspended hitting targets for accuracy practice, more than 40 hitting stations on two levels and GOLFZON virtual golf simulators. Private lessons and golf clinics are also available.
Location: White Pines Golf Dome, 500 W. Jefferson Ave., Bensenville
Season: Opens Nov. 1
Links & Tees Indoor Golf Dome
Addison Park District owns and operates this heated golf dome that offers different stations for golfers to work on stretching, chipping, shot trajectory and putting. The Range Servant Track Tee is a digital device using Doppler radar technology to track and display distance and speed of each ball, offering instant feedback to the golfer. Family-friendly.
Location: 880 W. Lake St., Addison
Phone: 630-ADD-PARK, option 4
Season: November – April
Score 18 Indoor Golf
Whether you are looking into online leagues and tournaments, corporate events, golf lessons or practice for yourself over the winter months, Score 18 Indoor Golf has a variety of offerings. The golf simulators offer 94 world famous courses, as well as advanced camera-tracking system for ball trajectory.
Location: 1466 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville
Season: Open year-round
Halfway House Indoor Golf
Four quality golf simulators offer high-tech graphics, fluid ball movement and perfectly replicated, well-known courses appropriate for all levels of golfers. Leagues, lessons and clinics are also available.
Location: 555 S. York St., Elmhurst
Season: October – end of April.
Legends Indoor Golf
Legends offers golfers performance golf simulators of famous courses, winter leagues, full-sized putting green and home of the top-rated Kyle Rich Golf Academy instructional center. Lessons are available for players over the age of 5 and at any skill level.
Location: 2091 63rd Street, Downers Grove
Season: Nov. 1 – April 15 (April 1 if early spring)
Topgolf Wood Dale
Topgolf offers 76 climate-controlled hitting bays, winter golf leagues, private and group lessons. Need a little help with your swing? Make an appointment with an instructor for either individual or group lessons. Family-friendly and appropriate for all skill levels.
Location: 699 W. Thorndale Ave., Wood Dale
Season: Open year round
Open year round, Playin’ Thru has 100 championship golf courses to choose from whenever you’re ready to practice your full swing, chipping or putting. Golf instruction is available on site to help fine-tune your swing and guide you to a higher playing level. Also on site are club fitting and swing analysis programs to tailor your swing to help increase distance and improve accuracy.
Location: 2433 Von Esch Rd., Plainfield
Season: Open year-round
McQs Golf Dome
Bolingbrook-area golfers can head over to McQs Golf Dome where they will find a 60,000 square foot indoor dome that is fully heated, 50 hitting stations, 900 square foot putting green short game area, PGA professional lessons, club repair and McQ’s Bar & Grill. Instructors are ready to help golfers with fundamentals, swing technique, driving strategy, distance control and their short game.
Location: 730 N. Bolingbrook Dr., Bolingbrook
Season: opens in November
Indoor Golf Links of America
Looking for an escape to a golf course your wish you could play? Indoor Golf Links of America offers more than 70 IGLA course simulations from Arizona’s Troon North to New Zealand’s Kauri Cliffs and Scotland’s Loch Lamond and many more. Simulators allow golfers to play courses, advance their skills by practicing driving, chipping and shot accuracy and bettering the game by tracking scores and stats.
Location: 16356 104th Ave.,
Season: Opens mid-October
Golf Academy at Terra Cotta
When its time to come off the outdoor golf course, take a look at the indoor offerings at this family-friendly golf academy. Golf simulators offer more than 80 golf courses from Devil’s Island to Mauna Kea Resort and more. State-of-the-art indoor practice bays are also available for indoor practice, with a launch monitor and cameras to provide golfers with feedback. Adult, high school and junior leagues are also available. Indoor golf leagues begin in January.
Location: 5200 Pleasant Hill Road, Prairie Grove
Season: Open year-round
Indoor golf season: Nov. 1-March 31