Like keeping raccoons off of your lawn, golf requires a steady hand, a wealth of patience, and a well-swung nine-iron. Embrace the sporting life with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a Fairway Savings Card at Arrowhead Golf Club (a $100 value). The savings card's benefits include:
- One free round of golf with half-rental (per person) of a riding cart (redeemable once)
- Half-price riding-cart rental with purchase of a nine- or 18-hole green fee (redeemable four times)
- One free holiday green fee with purchase of another (redeemable three times, on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day after noon)
- One free large bucket of range balls with the purchase of another (redeemable four times)
- One free weekend green fee with purchase of another between noon and 2:00 p.m. (redeemable three times)
- One free lunch or dinner with purchase of another of equal or greater value (redeemable three times)
- One free guacamole-and-salsa appetizer
The scenic greens of Arrowhead Golf Club, sporting three nine-hole courses that can be combined to play as three distinct par 72, 18-hole courses, boast the meticulously manicured feel of an exclusive club. Grab a friend and tap buckets of practice balls at the putting and chipping greens, or warm up the swing metronome at the driving range. Pairs board a riding cart to traverse the pastoral playground, whose well-kept bentgrass greens, fairways, and tees sit surrounded by the lush scenery of the Danada Forest Preserve. Throughout the scenic golf garden, players master shots around numerous glassy water hazards and admire new course enhancements.
Tongues twist and shout to the Arrowhead Restaurant and Bar's seasonally shifting dinner and lunch menus. Executive chef Alan Pirhofer prepares classic herb roasted chicken served with caramelized brussels sprouts ($15), a hand-crafted Big Burtha burger boasting caramelized onions, bacon, cheddar, arugula, and tomato on a pretzel bun ($16), and playful small plates including tempura shrimp lollipops with mango sauce ($9) to satisfy the most sophisticated of monocled golfers.
Wheaton Park District
In Wheaton, a day at the park is never the same twice—unless, of course, you want it to be. The Wheaton Park District maintains 53 facilities that encompass everything from pools to hiking trails that weave through the area's lush outdoors. With just a glance at a few of its destinations and attractions, it becomes apparent that the district is serious about its commitment to "enrich the quality of community life."
The Prairie Path Minigolf Course and The Rail, for instance, take up residence at Clocktower Commons. Here, 18 mini-golf holes wind past a central water feature while a 12,000-square-foot skate park lets inline skaters and skateboarders practice tricks that are simply too rad for their parents' driveways. Wheaton Park District also includes The DuPage County Historical Museum and the Cosley Zoo, where a trip into the barn introduces visitors to goats, wooly llamas, and other local wildlife.