Golf obstacles parallel life challenges and reinforce conventional wisdom that the only way to escape rough patches is through excessive clubbing. Power through impediments with today's Groupon for private golf lessons from Brian Fallon to Bing Maloney Golf Course. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get two 30-minute private golf lessons (an $80 value).
- For $69, you get two 60-minute private lessons for up to two (a $160 value).
Golf guru Brian Fallon hones students’ golf skills in private lessons taught on real grass facilities. Pupils choose the focus of their lessons, tackling a practice sand bunker or learning when to reward obedient putters with an ice-cream treat on the expansive practice putting green. Mentor and student can relocate to the practice chipping green or send dimpled balls flying from the night-lit driving range with 40 hitting stalls. A duo of eager divot diggers can team up for a 60-minute lesson, ensuring that three-legged racing pairs never have to separate.
Bing Maloney Golf Course
In 1947, John B. “Bing” Maloney saw that the city of Sacramento had a golfing problem, and that he, as the superintendent of the city's recreation department, could fix it. The problem lay not with men shirking their familial responsibilities to squeeze in a round, nor with pastors cutting their sermons short in order to join their congregations on the range. Rather, the city's “principal problem,” as he called it, stemmed from the fact that the only existing course was a measly, overcrowded 9-hole layout—a disservice to the golfers of the community, who wanted a bona fide 18-hole loop. He took the matter up with city officials, presenting such a watertight case that they unanimously voted to not only build a new course, but name it after him. Thanks to Mr. Maloney's political strategizing and the design input of M.J. McDonaugh, former associate of the legendary course architect Alister MacKenzie, Bing Maloney Golf Course opened in 1952.
Today, the 125-acre site welcomes golfers with wide fairways lined with stately oak trees and the placid ambiance of mid-century golf-course design. Golfers encounter water just once, on the third tee box, where they must make a choice between flying the pond to reach the green 140 yards away or inventing a golf-ball-sized rocket pack. After a round, players can address newfound kinks in their game at the lighted practice area, which includes a putting green and a 40-station driving range with real grass tee boxes.
Championship Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 6,569 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 70.8 from the back tees
- Course slope of 121 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole