Sports played with spheres are easier to master than rectangular sports, such as Rubik's cubing and throwing bricks into windows. Fit a round ball in a conveniently round hole with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a summer golf membership good for play on the Cub Course (a $233.59 value) and 12 small buckets of range balls (a $4.50 value/bucket) at Bear Creek Golf Complex in Chandler (a $287.59 total value).
Bear Creek Golf Complex's rambling inland-links-style courses and expansive practice areas dash their desert environs with verdant fairways and lush greens. Golfers armed with a summer membership can play unlimited rounds on the executive-style Cub Course through September 15 or until the Earth's unstable axis throws Arizona into a surprise winter. The par 59 course is designed for sporty play, and golfers typically take fewer than three hours to traverse the 3,552 yards from tee box one to hole 18. While a forgiving proving ground for beginners and families, the course challenges golfers of all abilities with 5 par 4 holes and 13 par 3 holes speckling confounding swales, mischievous collection areas, and heckling sand traps.
Summer memberships let stick-swivelers tee off with a dozen small buckets of range balls on the grass driving range. An accompanying putting green, chipping area, and PGA-staffed learning center round out the practice area—named one of the nation's best by Golf Range Magazine. Golfers should note that the summer membership does not include some benefits of the annual membership such as fare and merchandise discounts, a free large bucket of range balls each day, or carts festooned with spoilers.
Bear Creek Golf Complex
The Bear Creek Golf Complex contains two courses with very different challenges. Stretching across 3,552 yards, the par 59 Cub Course tests experienced players with swales and collection areas but is also a good way to ease beginners into the game. On the par 71 Bear Course, meanwhile, golfers pit their skills against rolling fairways and strategic bunkering.
500 East Riggs Road
Chandler, Arizona 85249