Designed by Randy Watkins in 1999, the course at the semiprivate Patrick Farms Golf Club covers 200 landscaped acres replete with thick clusters of trees. To reach their hole goals, golfers must slap spheroids down the middle of meticulously well-kept Tifway 419 bermuda grass fairways before smuggling them past fringe and onto Tifdwarf grass greens. The course is overseeded in the winter to extend the golf season to 12 months a year, providing gift recipients with the chance to shoot strokes on holiday break or in celebration of Millard Fillmore day. The par 72 course opens and closes with a long par 5, forcing players to call upon their long games from the get-go.
Stretching 6,500 yards from the back tees, Brookwood Byram Country Club's recently renovated 18-hole, par 72 course has enticed wedge wielders for more than 50 years. Test handicaps of all levels on Brookwood's links, which are ripe with obstacles including lightly pitched terrain, water hazards, and endless blades of grass. With today's deal, you and up to four friends can cruise the tree-lined fairways in an included cart, recovering balls after explosive bunker shots and overzealous drives.
Whisper Lake Country Club's verdant course encompasses 4,645 yards of kempt bermuda-grass fairways into a compact-but-challenging par 64 course. Golfers can prepare for rounds with swing-loosening stints at the driving range. There, wise players will focus on mid-length shots and keep drivers securely covered so they don't recognize rounds of golf are being played without them. Various short, drivable par 4s line the course, eschewing the longball in favor of pinpoint long irons or fairway woods, encouraging duffers to direct orbs to hospitable landing areas and set up favorable angles to approach fast, tifdwarf greens. Four sets of tees make the course surmountable for golfers of all abilities, and its compressed yardage—the 18-hole course only features two, relatively short par 5s compared to nine par 3s—allows duffers to complete rounds in about three hours or less, freeing up valuable time to tend to workday obligations or mow basement shag carpets into in-home putting greens. Cart rental is included in all options.
Since 1923, the par 72 course housed in the confines of the Country Club of Canton has been challenging golfers of all ages and levels of ability with 6,322 yards of rolling fairways, tricky angles, and a hilly landscape. Made with an assortment of smooth Bermuda grass and greens, the playground for checkered pants is peppered with hazardous vacuoles of water, ball-refracting trees, and suspiciously self-aware umbrellas. Post- or pre-golf excursion appetites can be satiated at the country club's restaurant grille with the stomach-sating Sunday lunch buffet (cost not included in today's Groupon).
In View Golf renders rainchecks obsolete by virtually teleporting patrons to more than 30 famed golf courses—including Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill—via 12'x9' high-def projection screens. As golfers take to the cyberlinks, video analysis software, previously available only to touring PGA and LPGA pros, records every swing, capturing such statistics as shot distance, club-head speed, and the golf ball's potential earning value. During a 45-minute private lesson, In View's professional instructors analyze the videos to make individualized adjustments to patrons' natural golf swings. Or forgo in-person tips on chips and grips, and instead opt for a round of 18 holes in the golf simulator with a fellow iron-wielder, using the instant video feedback to see and measure the results of tweaks to techniques and tempers.
[[m:####The Eagle Ridge Golf Course
The Eagle Ridge Golf Course’s 18-hole layout takes golfers loping across 6,526 yards of rolling terrain that beckons to birdie-hunters with a player-friendly, par 72 layout. Throughout the round, players attempt to land skyscraping drives or paper airplanes forged from their opponent’s scorecard in the middle of kempt fairways that arch over cresting hilltops on a path to relatively small, elevated greens. Though the undulated landscape affords golfers picturesque views across the layout, it also bears the threat of unfavorable lies, forcing golfers to showcase their ability to soundly strike balls positioned below their feet, around their knees, or balanced on a fellow player's nose. An onsite driving range helps players warm up before the round, and Eagle Ridge caters to clubbers of all ages and abilities with four tee options.
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