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The course traverses the entire basement of Ahlgrim's.
The course traverses the entire basement of Ahlgrim's.

Miniature Golf in a Funeral Home

Field review by the editors.

Palatine, Illinois

The most hair-raising miniature golf we've ever played is in the basement of a funeral home in suburban Chicago. The nine hole course, "Ahlgrim Acres," includes obstacles such as coffins and headstones, with a one stroke penalty for bypassing the coffin on Hole #2. Screams and spooky music play continually.

A funeral director gives tips on conquering the tougher holes.
A funeral director gives tips on conquering the tougher holes.

The course under Ahlgrim Family Funeral Services has been operating informally since it was created in the late 1960s. Ahlgrim employees spoke about the futility of challenging the master of the course, Mr. Ahlgrim. "He's got the edge on everyone," confided a young funeral director. "He knows right where to hit the haunted house...that's the toughest one."

Miniature golf is offered by Ahlgrims as a standard part of their funeral package -- and many take it. The course is used by civic groups and fraternal organizations. Local shriners hold occasional meetings and initiations, though anyone can play as long as a funeral, or viewing isn't in progress (so always call ahead to check). It's not all grim at Ahlgrims!

Miniature Golf in a Funeral Home

Ahlgrim Family Funeral Services

201 N. Northwest Hwy, Palatine, IL
Ahlgrim Family Funeral Services. North side of town, along the east side of US Hwy 14/N. Hicks Rd, at Lincoln St.
Daily 9 am - 9 pm. Call in advance. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
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