Golf bags serve as on-course survival kits, packed with multipurpose clubs, protective gloves, and enough golf balls to craft a serviceable—if dimply—omelet. Be prepared for anything with today’s Groupon to Aldeen Golf Club. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get an 18-hole round of golf for two (up to a $90 value).
- For $59, you get an 18-hole round of golf for two and a cart rental (up to a $120 value).
Designed by course architect Dick Nugent, the acclaimed Aldeen Golf Course ushers club-toting clientele into a 7,131-yard grassy valhalla stretching across bucolic fairways and exceptionally maintained greens. Five sets of tees temper the difficulty of this lengthy and relatively challenging course, which requires astute club selection to adjust for subtle elevation changes, sound course management to cope with 62 treacherous sand bunkers, and one philologist to converse with the hillpeople living amid the well-mounded rough. Encroaching water hazards rear their hydraulic heads on a dozen holes including the signature par 3 eighth, where duffers clamber over a replica of the storied Swilcan Bridge of St. Andrews lore to access an island green that would make even the boldest of John Daly impressionists nostalgic for the predictability of putt-putt windmills. Loop the verdant links the old-fashioned, foot-intensive way with today’s first option, or enlist a trustworthy cart to tote a bag and golf mate with today’s second option.
1900 Reid Farm Rd.
Rockford, Illinois 61107