Golf Center Des Plaines

2012 GRAA Top 50 Golf Range / Stand Alone Facilities

Golf Center Des Plaines

Brian Panek, Manager

353 N. River Road

Des Plaines, IL 60016


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Facility Amenities:

  • Grass Tees (9)
  • Bays with Mats (80)
  • Accurate Yardage Measurements on Tees to Targets
  • Short Game Practice Area
  • Lighting for Night Use
  • Grass Putting Green
  • Covered Areas

Additional Amenities:

  • Heated Bays (80)
  • Pro Shop (2,400 Sq. Ft.)
  • Food & Beverage

Type of Range Targets:

  • Flags
  • Bunkers
  • Water Hazards

Instruction provided.

Number of PGA Professional Instructors: 7

Clubfitting services provided.

Total number of visits to facility per year: 182,000

Number of range balls dispensed on range per year: 13,000,000

Number of range balls in inventory: 300,000

New balls are acquired: Two times per year

Best range promotion: On Sundays during the summer, we tended to be slower on our range. We started a summer special for all youth under 18 years old where all balls were just $.06 all day long (1/2 price). We wanted to focus on getting more youth out and marketing to families. This promotion was a great success and saw the amount of balls hit by juniors almost triple.

Special programs: Being a park district facility, we have a lot of involvement in the community. We host many fundraisers for civic organizations at a nominal cost, all high school golf team members get a 25 percent on all purchases throughout the year, free golf clinics and free use of clubs for all children.