Visitors to Skokie Sports Park have several options available. They can practice batting in batting cages (baseball, not hitting bats) or play golf. (Skokie Sports Park is at 3459 Oakton Street, Skokie, Ill., 874-674-1500.)
Golf options are two, miniature, 18 holes golf courses and one, driving range. The miniature golf courses are closer to Oakton Street than the driving range is. Oakton Street is this facility’s northern border. Central Park Avenue would be its western boundary if this street continued into the park. Kimball Avenue would be its eastern boundary if this street continued into the park. If Mulford Street continued into the park, it would be its southern border.
The golf driving range is state-of-the-art. It consists of two tiers and 40 stalls, 20 stalls on each tier. The stalls have padded stanchions on each side. Golf bag stands are at every stall. Golfers will hit from fiber mats that have rubber tees.
To use the driving range, golfers purchase a card from the sales booth. When at a stall, golfers swipe the cards into a dispensing box and select the number of balls to dispense in the first batch. At this time, they can also select low, medium or high tees.
This range uses an automatic teeing system that places range balls on rubber tees. The system delivers each ball to the tee hole where the balls position themselves atop tees. The tees then raise themselves above the mats’ levels so that golfers can hit the balls. Sometimes, balls fall off the tees during the upward motions, and before golfers can hit them. The system, assuming that golfers have hit the balls, will continue dispensing balls if the balls continue to fall of the tees. If golfers encounter this problem, they can go to another properly functioning stall, or manually ensure that each golf ball stays on the tee; this will require deft actions.
Facing south, golfers will see at least four, putting greens: 100 yards away, 150 yards away, 200 yards away and 260 yards away. (There may be another putting green at 50 yards.) These greens are not for putting, but only to judge how far golfers have hit their balls.
Skokie Sports Park is open 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday. On Friday, it is open 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Fees vary, depending on day and time of day.