Chick Evans Golf Course, Morton Grove: This fun, satisfying 5,691-yard, 18-hole par-71 course (pictured above) is located in the suburb of Morton Grove. A hidden gem on the Northside that offers a quality golf experience for all skill levels, you’ll enjoy a fun and relaxed round whether you are in the mood for nine or 18 holes.
IN THE EARLY PART OF THE 20TH CENTURY, Chicago city planners made a point of promoting and protecting green space in the city and surrounding suburbs. This green space started in the form of city parks and has expanded today into a much larger network that includes golf courses under the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
The mission of the Forest Preserve District remains the same as it was 100 years ago: “To acquire, restore and manage lands for the purpose of protecting and preserving public open space with its natural wonders, signiﬁcant prairies, forests, wetlands, rivers, streams, and other landscapes with all of its associated wildlife, in a natural state for the education, pleasure and recreation of the public now and in the future.”
Under this mission, the Forest Preserve District set aside 11 green spaces devoted to the game of golf, thus creating Forest Preserve Golf, with opportunities running the gamut from championship-level layouts to beginner-friendly courses to driving ranges and mini golf, all with a goal of ecological balance through sustainability and restoration.
Next time you are in Chicagoland, stop by one of the Forest Preserve facilities, and check out for a little while from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here are ﬁve of the most popular locations: