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The lush bentgrass fairways and greens of Blackstone Golf Club meander through some of the most distinctive natural landscape of any course in the Chicagoland area. And although it can stretch out to a total of 6,727 yards, Blackstone features 4 sets of tees to suit golfers of all skill levels and plays to a very manageable 4,893 yards at its shortest.
Oak Grove will challenge your abilities and mental game to the utmost, whether you are a scratch golfer or beginning player. Five tee placements on each hole ensure excitement for every skill level. Strategically placed bunkers, mature trees and wetlands enhance the challenge. Ranked one of the Chicago District Golf Association's top-25 toughest public courses from the championship tees, Oak Grove plays from 7,000-plus yards to just over 5,200.
We are a 35 acre family owned orchard with approximately 5,000 apple trees. You have a choice of either picking your own apples, or purchasing the apples that we pick daily. Also available to pick: raspberries, (both summer and fall), blueberries and blackberries. We make our own cider (100% pure apple juice), donuts, apple pies, and delicious taffy apples. Our store offers many fall decorations, linens, candles, and other unique items for your home. You will find a variety of jams, jellies, salsas, squash, pumpkins, gourds, and much much more.
A fascinating opportunity to see a wide variety of migrating birds banded and released. Special events in spring and fall, including the annual BirdFest in early May. Located in the Colored Sands Forest Preserve in the northwestern corner of Winnebago County. Colored Sands, site of original and restored prairies, is one of the most beautiful natural areas in northern Illinois.
This 14.6 mile paved recreational trail runs south of Illinois Route 173 and winds past the Northern Boone County towns of Caledonia, Capron, Belvidere and Poplar Grove.
We offer public and custom programs for children, adults, and families on our beautiful, organic farm to help build the local food system. Whether its a day camp or a cheese making workshop, participants gain hands-on experience preparing farm-fresh food, from field to table, while learning about organic agriculture and the whole farm system in the process. The Learning Center also offers farmer training and support to beginning farmers and facilitates youth-led urban agriculture projects in Chicago and Rockford.
This 18-hole golf course is open to the public, and includes a practice facility and full-service clubhouse. We feature a practice range with grass tees, a private instruction tee, accurate distance markers, a large putting green as well as a separate chipping and putting practice green, two practice bunkers, and four target greens measured at the same distances as our four par-3 holes – a unique feature not seen anywhere else on the Rockford golf scene.
A tradition for over 25 years. Thousands of hand-pruned, organically grown firs, spruces, and pines in 9 varieties. Free horse-drawn wagon rides & Santa on weekends. Pets welcome
Rivers Edge Campground has modern facilities in a rustic, historical area. Amenities include a Pecatonica River boat ramp, fishing on Pecatonica, Sugar and Rock Rivers, a private pond, pavilion, basketball and golf courses nearby.
The Forest Preserve has one outdoor skating rink and warming shelter - open weekends.
Welcome to Marengo Ridge Golf Club. Built in 1985, this 18-hole golf course offers a clubhouse, driving range, golf lessons, pro shop and a putting green.
The finest family recreational camping experience in Northern Illinois. Sandy beaches, slides, rafts, paddle boats, fishing, kiddie beach, sand volleyball, basketball, game room, bonfires, bands, dancing, music, horseshoes and 13- acre spring-fed lake.
Biking, running, and walking path. Starts at Byron Forest Preserve and crosses the Rock River to Sunshine Park then north of town.
A popular 18-hole course on Rockford's south side, Sandy Hollow is a tree-lined fairway course with strategically placed fairway bunkers. One of the more challenging holes on the 6,228-yard course is No. 11, which requires a tee shot over a pond.
Built in 1930's, with limited sand traps, one pond. Rating: 18 holes par 71; a beautiful course near shops and restaurants in Rockton and site of the earliest European settlement in northern Illinois. Purchase passes and reserve tee times on-line.
Eight acres of beautiful landscaping and flower gardens include the Life of Christ Memorial Garden, featuring life-sized sculptures tracing the life of Christ from birth to ascension.
This beautiful 18-hole golf course is enjoyable for all levels of golfers, located just minutes from Rockford in Belvidere. Opening for its first golfers in the Spring of 1995 and offering one of the Midwest's most desirable courses to play, with 168 acres of meticulously maintained fairways and greens and a completely tree lined property. A creek runs through Swanhills and comes into play on several holes along with 3 ponds that will challenge the accuracy of the golfer.
Forty acres of woods and meadows for riders eight years old and up; trail rides--excellent for first-time or occasional riders--offered on weekends. Also in Lockwood Park: pony ring, wagon rides, hayrides, petting farm and riding lessons. Special season opening activities in the spring and Halloween hayrides in the fall. Call for hours, rates and group outing opportunities.
Built as a private course in 1966, this 18-hole course was purchased by the Forest Preserve District in 1978. Fairway bunkers and sand traps test a golfer's skill and accuracy. In addition, water hazards are featured on 10 holes. Area golfers are now enjoying this challenging course. Par 72. Clubhouse and restaurant. Purchase passes and reserve tee times on-line.
This 2.5-acre park is dedicated to promoting peace and celebrating diversity. The plaza is located at the head of Rockford's 20-mile Perryville Path network of bicycle and recreational trails.
Explore endless recreational opportunities, including some of the finest, most affordable golf courses in the nation, ice skating, hiking/biking paths and much more.
Location for many events including craft shows, auto shows, animal shows, softball & volleyball games, and the Boone County Fair (held in August). Also see one-room school house relocated from northern Boone County.