Guided by a team of customer-service professionals with a passionate drive for the game, Golf Headquarters provides stroke-shaving tips, tricks, and equipment in an amply stocked emporium. Whether guests are experienced par-smiths or neophyte tee-wielders, custom-fitted clubs help improve short and long links-sessions, while boosting player comfort. Once trained to your touch, test clubs' fine-tuning at Golf Headquarters' indoor driving area and putting green. Play-enhancing results can include lowered handicaps, increased accuracy, and fewer pretzel-bent irons tossed into course water hazards.
Sling a quiver of nine-iron bows and dimpled, spherical arrows over your shoulder and hit the 18-hole New Castle Country Club Course for a game of golf (a $100 value). Designed by famed course designer A. W. Tillinghast and built in 1923, the 6,600-yard course, easily traversed by your included golf cart ($25), offers ample opportunity for both exhilarating eagles and disappointing duffs. Walter-Hagens-in-training will refuel with a boxed lunch of ham or turkey croissants with snacks and drink ($10), and rue that shank on the 14th hole at the locker room, driving range, or bag service area ($15 value for use of all three). If you care to sip on some alcoholic refreshment, those alongside other menu items are available for separate purchase. Put on your favorite tam o'shanter and hit the links at New Castle Country Club for a round of the thinking man's polo.
For 50 years, linksmen have surveyed the ins and outs of the nine-hole, par-36 design of Hidden Oaks Golf Course. After getting in the groove on the practice grounds and new driving range, stick wielders venture through the course's 100 acres of wooded vistas, filling the cups of par 3, 4, and 5 holes.
Golfers forage for pars and birdies among well maintained fairways and pesky rough as they make their way through a round at Valley Golf Club. The club's nine-hole layout leads players past a smattering of trees that divide fairways and a few small ponds, but not a single bunker for scrawling thank-you notes to course superintendents. The course's short length makes it accessible to all levels of golfer, whether seasoned veterans working on short game fundamentals or beginners still learning the basics.
Established in 1905, The Country Club of Meadville is a not-for-profit organization with more than 100 years of experience catering to links lovers' golfing needs. As part of the club's 2011 membership drive, today's deal lets buyers enjoy the perks of membership for a day, including 18 holes of golf, cart rental, and dispensation to wear plaid and argyle in the same outfit. The par 72 course runs 6,800 yards from the back tees, and the club uses the USGA Ghin handicap system, allowing exciting play between players of all skill levels. Golfers also get access to the clubhouse and restaurant, opening the door to defeat-assuaging drinks in the cozy lounge or victory-celebrating feasts in the family dining room (food and drink are not covered by this Groupon). A certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the course ensconces golfers in a pristine environment unspoiled by overdevelopment or cackling animatronic gophers.
Formerly a private course for more than 50 years, Oakview Golf Club now welcomes the public to take on its lengthy, 6,098-yard layout. The course nestled in Butler County features immaculate bentgrass fairways that veer through tree lines of a dense forest. The golf course demands that golfers not only demonstrate distance and control but also the ability to look both ways when crossing the street in search of a wayward tee shot or a pet headcover that has run away. The club's strong membership base keeps greens buzzing with local loyalists well into the season.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,098 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 124 from the back tees