Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Novelty Golf Minigolf in Lincolnwood, Illinois

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It’s the summer of 2010 and you’re watching television and this commercial comes on your HD flat screen TV…

and you might wonder if you’ve skipped 20 or so years back in time.

Or, if you’re like me, you think “OMG I HAVE TO GO.”

Luckily last weekend a friend was visiting and with no prompting from myself he suggested we go to this golf course he heard about…my friends may just know me too well.

Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Novelty Golf opened in Lincolnwood, Illinois (just North of Chicago) in 1949, and really, it doesn’t look like much has changed since (except maybe the prices).

Seal at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Rooster at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Val and a rooster at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

There are two courses to choose from and each hole has a different surprise…from an Eiffel Tower to a giant chicken to Frankenstein to a dinosaur to a giant boot to a giant rooster!

Statue of Liberty at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Eiffel Tower Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Giant boot at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Val is scared of the dinosaur at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

The best part? You have to operate your own obstacles! Some of the windmill-like tricks you had to push a button to get working…and others had a foot pedal you had to pump yourself! It was amazing.

Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Mermaid at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Castle at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Frankenstein at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

 

Each course is 18 holes, but at the end you get to play a special bonus pinball-like “19th hole” to try to win a free game. Alas, I did not win…but that certainly will not keep me from going back.

19th hole at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
19th hole at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Afterwards we headed over to the on-premise Bunny Hutch for some snacks. While I didn’t try their new egg rolls, I did get some tasty mozzarella sticks and a milkshake (I gave up drinking soda a few weeks ago…so my milkshake drinking has gone way up).

Bunny Hutch at Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Cheese sticks and a milkshake at Bunny Hutch Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

If you’re in the Chicago area it’s a really great way to spend the day. While we only had time for one round, there is a discount to play both courses, and they also have games and batting cages.

Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Site: Novelty Golf
Location: 3650 West Devon Ave. Lincolnwood IL. 60712
Cost: See website for current prices.
Hours: Open 7 days a week, April through October, 10 am till midnight (Memorial Day thru Labor Day )
Date: June 12, 2010

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Novelty Golf minigolf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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