Slicing a golf shot is frustrating, often prompting players to throw their clubs and have children so they have someone to blame. Practice knocking the ball straight down the fairway with today's Groupon for 18 holes of golf with a cart at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Choose between the following options:
- For $24, you can play anytime Monday–Thursday (up to a $49 value).
- For $37, you can play anytime Friday–Sunday (up to a $75 value).
The par 71 Lonnie Poole Golf Course, which was included on Golfweek's 2010 lists of Best New Courses and Best Campus Courses, naturally weaves through 200 acres of wooded landscapes. Conceived by Arnold Palmer Design Group, the course was designed to make the most of the area's natural elevation changes and leave the surrounding space as a place for the streams, wetlands, and ball-hungry reptiles to play, making the course more sustainable than older golfing models. Holes challenge golfers to employ a variety of strategies in order to navigate through a sea of diversely shaped bunkers, which include rhombuses and all the heads of U.S. presidents. Bermuda grass carpets the sprawling fairways, mingling with wild and rye grass in the rough for well-textured play.
In addition to attracting public players, Lonnie Poole Golf Course nurtures the swinging prowess of the North Carolina State University men's and women's golf teams and hosts scores of PGA-sanctioned events. The course is nationally lauded for its eco-savvy design, has become a place to be photographed by local sports cameraspeople, and was used during the filming of all the moon scenes in Apollo 13.
Lonnie Poole Golf Course
Named among Golfweek magazine's Best New Courses and Best Campus Courses in 2010, Lonnie Poole Golf Course tests players of all skill levels with 18 challenging holes spread over 250 acres of Raleigh woodlands. Designed by the Arnold Palmer Design Group—including two North Carolina State grads as architects—the landscape features several shifts in elevation as the greens meander around large buffer areas. In its abundant turf grass and stormwater runoffs, the course also facilitates research from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences while taking extra care to preserve the streams and wild golf balls native to the Neuse River watershed.
As both the NC State men's and women's golf teams can attest, Lonnie Poole challengers golfers from the very first tee, which taunts drivers with bunkers on both sides and a sharp fall-off past the green. From there, the fifth hole ups the ante with a dogleg to the right and tall trees, whereas the 12th hole sends shots hurtling down a downhill fairway that narrows as the green nears and primes its anti-air missiles.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 7,358 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 74.8 from the back tees
Course slope of 145 from the back tees
Five sets of tees per hole