The aggression of thwacking a golf ball can be tempered only by skipping stones across the course's water traps and reading steamy novels on its sandy oases. Relax over orb domination with today's Groupon: for $20, you get 18 holes of golf on a weekday at Aldeen Golf Club (up to a $40 value).
Ranked the best municipal golf course in Illinois by Golf Digest and listed as one of Golf Magazine's 50 Best Courses Under $50 in 2007, Aldeen Golf Club earns its accolades with a challenging and beautiful public course designed for golfers of all skill levels. At more than 7,100 yards from the longest tees, 18 championship holes test accuracy with siren-like water hazards that beckon stray balls on 12 holes, sentencing shipwrecked dimple-spheres to an eternity of watching their airborne comrades soar overhead. Majestic trees line rolling fairways dotted with 62 sand traps, three of which are "beach bunkers" dreamed up by Illinois designer Dick Nugent. The deceptive Keith Creek snakes through the eighth hole, soothing players with a calming trickle as they cross a replica of Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews on their way to the signature hole's intimidating island green. Golf-cart rental is available for an additional fee of $30, as well as walking carts for $6.
Before slicing into your game, warm up stiff swings in the full-service practice center, complete with a pro shop and lessons available from PGA members (lessons not included in the value of this Groupon).
Aldeen Golf Club's rates fluctuate based on the day, time, and residency of golfers; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
1900 Reid Farm Rd.
Rockford, Illinois 61107