It’s no longer illegal to work on your golf game at Evergreen Park’s golf range.
Golf is a actually legal there, now.
Village trustees on Monday amended an ordinance that prohibited playing golf on public property. There was a wrinkle in previous laws on the books.
“Technically, golfers would be breaking the law,” Mayor James Sexton said.
Not that anyone was taken off the range in cuffs for hitting some long drives, but the village's bosses wanted to clear up the language and make sure people knew that duffers are allowed to swing away without fear of running afoul of the law.
The golf range at the village’s 50-acre park, 91st Street and Rockwell Avenue, will enter its third season when snow and cold eventually give way to warmer temperatures.
“Everything is dependent on the weather,” said Dennis Duffy, the village’s director of recreation.
Duffy expects a late April opening, and the range will remain open until the end of September.
Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. early on and the range will open at noon during the summer months, Duffy said.
The range has 25 tees. A small bucket of balls costs $4 while a large bucket costs $8. The cost is about $1 cheaper than ranges in surrounding communities because the facility does not offer a grass surface from which to shoot.
Space restrictions prevented the range from having a putting green, but Duffy said he’s looking into offering lessons this season.
“I’m going to investigate that,” he said.
The range was built on the north end of the park, which was previously Evergreen Country Club.
The park also features a dog park, urban garden, field house and 18-hole disc golf course. In recent weeks, its sledding hill has been the most popular feature.