A golf course is a scenic sanctuary where young blades of grass receive constant grooming and grizzled grains of sand can retire far away from merciless ocean waves. Dine in view of their respite with this Groupon to Gordon’s on the Green in San Marcos. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a four-course dinner with wine pairings for two (a $99 value).
- For $90, you get a four-course dinner with wine pairings for four (a $198 value).
Nestled in the coastal foothills of San Diego County, Gordon’s on the Green offers an Italian-inspired tasting menu from its scenic perch above the Lake San Marcos Resort & Country Club golf course. Meals get underway with soup and salad, then move on to appetizers, such as shrimp that’s seasoned with rosemary, skewered, and grilled until it’s hot enough to fry an egg on. Next comes the entree—the ravioli features al dente pasta enveloping veal and mushrooms, and the beef lasagna serves those who prefer their pasta layered. Wine pairings enliven three of the four courses, bringing out hidden flavor notes in each bite and eliciting shouts of enthusiasm from diners watching nearby golfers. For dessert, diners can choose from options such as chocolate-fantasy cake, which drenches palates in the cocoa bean’s dreamy taste, or new york cheesecake piled with fresh berries.
Lake San Marcos Country Club
Sculpted into the coastal foothills of San Diego County, Lake San Marcos Country Club’s North Course spans 6,426 yards of lush fairways and well-manicured greens. Throughout the course, mature trees await wayward orbs on the edges of fairways, and serpentine bodies of water crisscross fairways, punishing duffers for errant shots. Before taking to the links, golfers can prepare with a stint at the club’s full-length driving range, where all-grass hitting stations emulate on-course conditions as well as an opportunity to seek vengeance on Mother Earth for a lifetime of traumatizing grass stains. Casual eats at Gordon’s on the Green help restore energy after rounds that include the treacherous trek up the 12th hole—a 606-yard par 5 that runs almost entirely uphill. Those looking for a quick golf experience akin to reading the abridged version of Jack Nicklaus’s cookbook can take to the South Course, a par 58 executive layout.