Golf is considered a gentleman's game due to its emphasis on proper etiquette, color-coordinated outfits, and the removal of all brass knuckles before competition. Suit up for sportsmanship with this Groupon.
$39 for a New-Golfer Package ($205 Total Value)
- One-hour introductory group clinic (a $60 value). Taught by a PGA-certified instructor; the clinic covers golf fundamentals in a class with a 10:1 student-teacher ratio. Clinics are offered Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m.; call the golf shop to schedule your session.
- Nine-hole round of golf, valid for times right after the introductory clinics (a $35 value)
- Five large buckets of driving-range balls (a $30 value)
- Rental clubs for use during during clinic and practice (an $80 value)
Painted Desert Golf Club
Most golf courses aim to showcase a signature hole—the one hole they think will linger in golfers' memory banks long after they've sunk their final putt. The pros at Painted Desert Golf Club can't choose just one; they've anointed five holes as their course's signatures, a tribute to the inventive course design by architect Jay Morrish. The quintet of memorable holes includes the 538-yard, par-five third hole, where golfers launch golf balls towards a three-tiered green surrounded by sandstone-hued peaks and their tusken raider inhabitants. Two additional "signatures" boast intimidating water hazards; a pond is stationed menacingly in front of the green at the par-three eighth, and a large body of water hugs the entire right side of the par four, 14th hole, complicating golfers' tee shot into a fairway that dog-legs sharply to the right. Hemmed by desert sands and the adobe roofs of surrounding homes that line the course, the 6,781-yard layout incorporates large mounds and difficult, hard to read greens across all 18 holes.
Golfers can prepare for rounds at Painted Desert's practice facility, putting green, and bunker practice area. The club complements its multifaceted golf complex with a golf shop and a clubhouse restaurant, where clubbers can fuel up before taking to the first tee or replenish after long bouts of breaking their bucking golf carts.