Before golf was invented, grassy pastures were viewed as the exclusive territory of roaming sheep, herds of cattle, and overzealous Civil War reenactors. Celebrate turf's competitive utility with today's Groupon: for $26, you get one 18-hole round of golf, cart rental, and a bucket of range balls (up to a $53 value) at Bardstown Country Club’s Maywood Course in Bardstown.
The Maywood golf course, designed by famed golf architect David Pfaff, challenges players with 18 picturesque holes and frequently hosts PGA section events and state amateur championships. Each hole sports five different sets of tees, allowing golfers of all levels to get a suitable jump on the Riviera bermuda-grass fairways or, on the downwind, downhill tee-off on the seventh hole, an all-or-nothing drive of 250–424 yards to the manicured bentgrass green. Maywood’s golf carts zero in on the flagsticks with Prolink GPS, calculating the exact distance to the hole while keeping players from running up massive taxi bills when traversing the 7200-plus yards of play. Before or after a round, the driving range helps club-wielders hone the mechanics of the golf swing as well as providing a satisfying venue for pelting the horizon with a hail of dimpled spheres.
The course’s design takes advantage of its naturally relaxing surroundings, with plenty of open sky above, dense trees and immaculately clipped greens around, and slumbering graboids below.
Maywood's rates fluctuate throughout the day and week; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
Bardstown Country Club
At the Bardstown Country Club grounds, clubbers of all stripes drive, pitch, and putt their way across the Kentucky countryside. The course at Bardstown, featuring bent-grass greens and Riviera Bermuda grass fairways, poses a challenge to any golfer, with five sets of tees measuring over 7,200 yards from the championship tees to 4,700 yards from forward tees. Afterward, guests can stop by The Grill at Maywood for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or relax in the lounge section with a sports bar aura and televisions broadcasting the big games.
The Maywood Course—the club’s signature fairway chain—begins with a traditional, parkland layout before transforming into a Scottish links-inspired design on the back nine, replete with thickets of heather, subtle contours, and flagsticks bemoaning English imperialism. The ingenuity of course designer David Pfaff is on full display at the 16th hole, a 210-yard par 3 where tee shots plummet 70 feet before coming to rest on a green flanked by a pond and a stately stone wall.
130 Maywood Ave.
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004