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Rain closes Marquette Park Driving Range

Algae creates swirls in the Marquette Park pond.
Algae creates swirls in the Marquette Park pond.

On July 12, 2014, the Marquette Park Driving Range was closed. This was due to heavy rainfall during the morning hours. (The Marquette Park Driving Range is at 6700 S. Kedzie Avenue in Chicago, Ill.)

A big puddle surrounds the gate at Marquette Park's driving range.
© 2014 Vernon Brookins

This driving range, which is east of Marquette Park Golf Course across Kedzie Avenue, showed a big pool of water at its entrance gate. From outside the gate, it appeared that a practice pitching green and practice sand bunker had large amounts of water. Some driving mats also showed pooled water.

The Marquette Park pond, which is to the rear of this driving range, had a high, water level. (This pond extends under Kedzie Avenue to become a backdrop for the golf course’s, ninth hole.) In fact, this pond’s water flooded a sidewalk that usually allowed pedestrians to cross under Kedzie Avenue.

Marquette Park Driving Range has at least 10 stations that contain mats. When practicing their drives, golfers will be facing south. The prices for purchasing buckets of golf balls are $9.00-$7.00. (Golfers can save money if they have the Player’s Advantage Card.)

This range is usually open Monday-Friday and weekends. (The CPD website does not indicate when the range closes, so you can assume about 9 p.m.)It is closed during City of Chicago holidays and national holidays.

Chicago Park District’s, other driving range is the Diversey Driving Range on Chicago’s north side. (The Diversey Driving Range’s location is 141 W. Diversey Parkway in Chicago. It is very close to North Lake Shore Drive. From the upper tier, golfers can see Lake Michigan.) This range has more driving stalls (at least 40, 20 on each tier) than the number of stalls at the Marquette Range. A nearby, miniature golf course is also available. When using the driving range, this facility will supply many range balls. When using the miniature golf course, golfers will only get one golf ball, and they can bring their own putters or rent one. It is unknown whether the heavy rainfall on July 12, 2014 also closed this range.

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