A golf course's par rating is like a limbo pole—difficult to get under, but easier with a fruity drink and the rhythmic urgings of steel drums. Shoot for a new low score with today's Groupon: for $49, you get 18 holes of golf, cart rental, a bucket of range balls and a $15 voucher to the Grill Room (up to a $128 value) at Bowling Green Golf Club in Oak Ridge.
Bowling Green Golf Club offers golfers more than 6,800 yards of manicured fairways and groomed greens. This 18-hole, par-72 course maintains the natural contours of the land, with crisscrossing creeks and natural wetlands that complement their mountain surroundings and relieve city-dwellers' roommates from the dangers of indoor golfing. A bucket-worth (typically 20 balls) of limbering shots on the driving range warms up golfers' dimple-swatting muscles before shipping out in a provided cart. Bowling Green's strategic pace-of-play plan ensures quick yet unhurried rounds that average just more than four hours in length.
After the game, gather like conquering barbarians in the upscale-yet-casual Grill Room and recount tales of short-game skill, long-ball bravado, and medium-distance mulligan-sneaking. A $15 dining voucher can nab appetizers like beer-battered black-and-tan onion rings ($6.99) as well as sandwiches like the philly chicken cheese steak ($8.99). Those seeking relaxation will find no better spot than the Grill Room deck, a serene pine-forest setting with ample views of the course.
Bowling Green Golf Club
Designed by course architect Geoffrey Cornish—who has designed more than 230 courses—Bowling Green Golf Club blankets the tree-lined terrain of a former dairy farm with a challenging, 6,863-yard golf course. Immersed in a network of rolling hills topped with tall red pines and oaks, the par-72 design provides a scenic escape more enjoyable than burrowing one’s head into a potted plant. Dense tree lines play a prominent role throughout the entire course, and the back nine also runs along native ponds and wetlands that loom near fairways and greens. To help golfers excel in the wooded layout without the use of a chainsaw, Bowling Green Golf Club offers golf lessons and clinics for players of all abilities.
At The Grill Room, guests can enjoy a casual atmosphere of drinks and inventive twists on traditional grill dishes. While digging into grilled filet mignon or Mediterranean chicken with penne pasta and sun-dried tomatoes, patrons can pause to take in views of the rolling hills and give nicknames to each pine needle in the forest.
Course at a Glance:
- Designed by Geoffrey Cornish
- 18-hole, par-72 course
- Length of 6,863 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 73.2 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 134 from the farthest tees
- Six tee options