Like sharpening a dull saw, sharpening golf skills usually leads to a lot less time hacking haphazardly at things in the woods. Streamline your swing with today's Groupon: for $39, you get 18 holes of golf for two people with a cart rental (up to an $84 value), plus 20% off an entree at Afton Alps in Hastings.
Afton Alps’ sprawling verdant terrain challenges the club-swinging capabilities of golfers of all abilities amid picturesque views of the St. Croix River. During an 18-hole round, pairs of two navigate paved pathways around the course’s 18 beautifully pitched greens whose empty cups await pours of precisely tapped dimpled orbs. Putters can overcome their pregame jitters by taking turns on the practice greens or by reflectively soul-searching in the seventh-hole fairway pond. Apply your 20% entree discount to a variety of leafy or meaty dishes at Afton's full service bar and grill, including the flame-broiled California Alps burger ($5), or the caesar salad dressed up with grilled Ahi tuna ($7).
Skiers and snowboarders gently rise over the St. Croix River Valley in one of 18 chairlifts that grant them access to Afton Alps’ 300 acres of skiing terrain. With 48 trails—80% of which are manageable for beginner and intermediate alpinists—and an average annual snowfall of 48 inches, guests can carve their way down Afton Alps’ 350-foot vertical drop in a variety of ways, from slowly snaking down a 3,000-foot run to tucking into a cannonball at the peak and landing with a white splash at the base. Three rental shops provide guests with high-quality gear, and a snowtubing park offers a more leisurely way to enjoy the tender romance between snow and gravity.
In the spring, the melting snow gives way to the fairways and greens of Afton Alps’ 18-hole golf course, where golfers hunt pars over a combination of flat and hilly terrain. Guests can take in scenic views of the St. Croix River and its attendant wildlife aboard a peppy golf cart or while cruising down trails on a mountain bike or runaway wheelbarrow.
6600 Peller Ave. S
Hastings, Minnesota 55033