You wait all winter for the snow to melt and the greens to green. You take out your clubs, shine them up and practice your putt. But how many times do you really make it out to the golf course come spring? If you’re like many golfers, you enjoy playing, but green fees can be pricey. Not so in Rockford. With five municipal golf courses, all at reasonable rates, your clubs can come out of the closet and get the workout they were meant to have.
Not only are Rockford’s courses reasonably priced, they are well regarded, too, particularly Aldeen Golf Club, rated 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest and ranked in the top 50 golf courses under $50 by Golf Magazine.
Aldeen Golf Club was founded by Norris and Margaret Aldeen who wanted to extend the experience of a private golf club to everyone, Norris having been taught to play golf by his mother on a public course. Golfing on the course or walking into the clubhouse, you would think you are, indeed, at a private country club. Designed by golf course architects Dick Nugent and Associates, Aldeen has been host to several amateur championship tournaments, including the 2013 Illinois State Men’s Amateur Championship.
Although Rockford’s other three 18-hole golf courses, Elliot, Ingersoll and Sandy Hollow, aren’t as upscale as Aldeen Golf Club, they are all still rated 2-1/2 to 3 stars by Golf Digest, and in 2013 the most you’ll pay for a round at these courses is $24. Sinnissippi Golf Course, Rockford’s nine-hole course, is even more budget friendly, at $9 a round. If you are a beginner, or have a child or grandchild learning to golf, four-hole learning links are available too, as well as driving ranges. No matter your budget allowance, in Rockford your golf clubs can see action all season long without breaking the bank.
Aldeen Golf Club is located at 1902 Reid Farm Road in Rockford. You’ll find information on all five of Rockford’s Municipal golf courses, including the nine-hold Sinnissippi, on the Rockford Golfs web site.
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