Destination - Spooky Golf
In the last post, I fast-forwarded a bit to the winter holiday season, but Halloween is fast approaching and it seems only appropriate to highlight some ghoulish fun to be had on the miniature golf links.
Consistently making appearances on Illinois' "Top Ten" unusual/quirky/weird lists is Alghrim Acres, a nine-hole death-themed miniature golf course. Okay, there is nothing too unusual about a course that draws from the macabre as its creative inspiration, except that you will find this course located in the basement of a funeral home in suburban Palatine, IL.
Out of respect for mourners, you may play golf when they do not have a funeral scheduled. So you will need to call ahead to make an appointment. The course is free and you will also find other no-cost amusements such as pinball and video games. You can read more about the course here.
Another spooky golf destination in Illinois is found in Burbank, IL at the Haunted Trails Amusement Park where you may enjoy a little bit o' Halloween fun throughout the summer months. But let's face it, the best time to go is now when one can smell the fresh pumpkin flesh and falling leaves in the air.
Confronting ghosts and ghouls at Haunted Trails
I played this course a few years ago, and my most potent memory was the blood red streams of water. It is not my favorite course, I don't remember the holes being that interesting of a challenge, but it is certainly worth a trip this time year, especially at night.
I will add more courses appropriate for Halloween hijinx as I find them. Until then, enjoy the last couple of weeks of outdoor golf (for those of us in the cold climes).
Spooky Golf Events:
The Adventure Falls Miniature Golf Course, in Richmond's Lake Reba Recreational Complex, will host "Glow in the Dark Halloween Golf" from 9-11 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. (859) 626-0030.
Images: Roadside America, Agilitynut.com
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