Honey Creek Golf Club's par 72 course features more than 6,000 yards of greenery and smooth TifEagle Bermuda greens, designed to challenge first-time clubbers and full-time swingers alike. The scrupulously maintained course's scenic fairways and challenging slopes require patience and an arsenal of shots to conquer. To help carry around a golf bag filled with iron, wood, and Ziploc bags full of lead dental fillings, Honey Creek Golf Club lends golfers a motorized cart from its stable of purebred golf carts. Aspiring Arnold Palmers can sate their thirst with a drink of their choice at the 17,000-square-foot clubhouse.
Cleaved through a gallery of towering pines and hardwoods, the fairways of Lake Spivey Golf Course tumble over 6,807 yards of rolling terrain to form a challenging, par 72 layout. Two lengthy par fives—measuring in at 540 and 560 yards from the tips—bookend the front nine and demand a Herculean drive or a zero-gravity golf ball to reach the green in two. A more difficult design awaits on the back nine, with water hazards and herds of golf carts coming into play on six holes and two long par fours rated the courses first- and third-most difficult holes.
Tree-lined fairways, well-guarded pins, and slick, bent-grass greens characterize the layout from start to finish, reflecting the designers' vision for a course that requires both shot-making ability and solid course management to maintain low scores. The course also features a unique 19th hole, letting players enjoy a pressure-free conclusion to their round.
To prepare for their battle with the course's sandtraps, water hazards, and meddlesome tree elves, golfers can practice at Lake Spivey's driving range or take a lesson from PGA-certified golf pro Jeffrey Biggers. Appetites piqued after a day at the links can find relief at The Spivey Grill, which serves a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and other traditional grill fare.
Course at a Glance:
Named Best Golf Course by CrossRoadsNews readers in the 2010 Best of East Metro Readers' Choice Awards, Sugar Creek Golf Course challenges seasoned and novice shooters to navigate more than 6,200 yards of manicured countryside. Hop into Sugar Creek's included golf cart with your best friend, dad, or best friend's dad to explore the publicly owned par 71 course, which dares dimple dabblers to dodge its low-slung bunkers and master the movement of well-kept greens. Guests can swat the included buckets of pocked spheres skyward one by one at the lighted driving range, tap them precisely at putting greens, or polish skills at the practice bunker. Once iron swingers have sufficiently conquered Sugar Creek's fairways and snorkeled its water hazards, they may end links journeys at the full-service clubhouse or in the retail realm of the Sugar Creek pro shop.
Golf with friends is the best kind of bonding. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining the well-groomed fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres mulligans. Today's Groupon gets you one round of golf on the championship course, plus a GPS golf cart, at Durham Lakes Golf & Country Club for just $30 (normally $51–$61 before tax; note that the course offers a discount for seniors). Buy a few Groupons and make it a foursome.