For more than 40 years, Long Creek Golf Club has provided 18 holes of challenging course play for eager swingers of all ages and skill levels. Golfers wielding Groupons can go through the paces of the par 72, 6,400-yard course, which features tree-lined scenery wrapped around carefully manicured fairways and rolling greens that wait in constant fear of being conquered by friendly foes wielding large clubs. Unveil your bag of trick sticks to help brave the narrow 562-yard 13th hole, or hone your short game to a tee while steering clear of the beach on the quartet of par threes.
• For $38, you get 18-holes of golf for two with cart rental and access to the driving range and practice facilities (up to a $94 value). • For $80, you get 18-holes of golf for four with cart rental and access to the driving range and practice facilities (up to a $188 value).
Draped over the foothills of the Sauratown Mountain Range, Stonewall Golf Course sends golfers swinging over steep hills and sudden chasms on a 5,222-yard layout that epitomizes mountain country golf. Throughout the round, dramatic elevation changes complicate yardage readings, and fairway-side drop-offs frame narrow landing zones, encouraging players to leave their driver, 3-wood, and acrophobic head covers in the bag.
With multiple par 4s measuring 300 yards or less, players must cautiously approach each shot off the tee, as efforts to reach the green in one heroic drive could land their golf ball in Town Fork Creek or one of several ponds meandering through the course. The course draws its name from the par 3 eighth hole, where golfers start at an elevated tee box and descend 75 yards down a craggy face that, when viewed from the green, assumes the appearance of a seamless stone wall. Fueled by electricity and an ancient resentment for gravity, golf carts?which are mandatory on the course?help players climb the steep fairways in efficient fashion.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 70 course
* Length of 5,222 yards from the farthest tees
* Course rating of 64.7 from the farthest tees
* Slope rating of 116 from the farthest tees
* Three tee options
Armory Golf Center offers players everything they need to get better at golf except for an actual golf course. Target flags positioned at various distances dot the 20-acre driving range, giving players something to aim for as instead of their boss's car as they launch golf balls off 15 grass tees and 12 mat stations. They can take cuts in the daylight until the lights come on for twilight practice or receive some help from PGA and LPGA professionals when solo reps cease to yield results. On top of private lessons, the pros conduct summer camps, clinics, and academies for players of all ages. Many sessions incorporate a number of technologies to assist the instructor, including V1 Pro Swing Analysis and an ES14 Launch Monitor.
Built in 1969 and having hosted the 2001 National Golf Association Triad Classic, Pine Knolls Golf Club has a long and sparkling history. In 2006, two brothers-in-law from Ireland?Graham Ruttle, a retired professional motorcycle racer, and Pearse Mahon, a class-A PGA professional?purchased the course. Today, they carry on its tradition of challenging and enjoyable play. To conquer the 6,338-yard layout, golfers must decipher the course?s small and complex greens, which requires even more concentration than geocaching for holes on a course that spans an entire city. To calibrate their swings before tackling the course, golfers can warm up at the grass-tee driving range or enlist Mahon's advice in a private lesson.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 72 course
* Total length of 6,338 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 72.4 from the back tees
* Course slope of 123 from the back tees