Like painting a portrait or fixing a computer, completing a round of golf is always more impressive when it’s done in the pouring rain. Enjoy equally impressive fair-weathered fores with today's Groupon: for $32, you get 18 holes of golf, plus cart rental, at Townsend Ridge Country Club.
Golfers at Townsend Ridge Country Club wind their way through a par 70 championship course sprawled across 140 acres of beautiful wooded countryside. The course layout tests golfers with holes ranging from a 474-yard par 5 to a deceptively tricky par 3 that fills the 139-yard gap from tee to flag with water hazards, bunkers, and the treacherous advice of feral woodland caddies. Three sets of tees at each hole make the course challenging and enjoyable for players all experience levels, who can drive and chip along verdure fairways ensconced with white pines and hemlocks that replace the din from roads with polite twiggy applause. At the 14th hole, golfers begin to swing their way back toward the clubhouse while taking in panoramic views of lush, billowing hills. A cart, included with today's deal, helps players zip from hole to hole without the hassle of outfitting their car's tires with golfing spikes.
Townsend Ridge Country Club
White pines, hemlocks, and white birches flourish on the 140 acres of New England countryside that golf-course architect Ted Manning—a Robert Trent Jones protégé—and US Women’s Open champ Mary Mills sculpted into a championship golf course for Townsend Ridge Country Club. Golfers can leave breadcrumb trails to find their way back as they swing through the forested links, hitting over the stream that splits the 3rd hole’s ryegrass fairway before heading uphill on a 474-yard, par-5 12th hole. The course’s signature par-4 14th hole demands a cautious approach, as balls that land past the pin find themselves rolling down a steep slope. At last, with the clubhouse in sight, golfers finish up at the 18th by launching their balls over a pond to land on a double green shared with hole 9.
Although it’s a daily-fee course, Townsend Ridge creates the feel of a private club with a driving range hemmed by 35 hitting stations and a pro shop that hosts two swing simulators. These let players keep in shape during wintery months by tackling digital recreations of the links at Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. For more structured practice sessions, golfers can join lessons and get professional answers as to what’s the best grip for hitting out of the sand and what kind of bird lays golf balls.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par-70 course
- Length of 6,188 yards
- Course rating of 70.2
- Slope rating of 125
- Three tee options