The Scots developed golf to irk common loch pests, such as merats, locharoaches, and Nessie—who to this day rarely surfaces for fear of being beaned by a well-aimed ball. Brush up your monster-vexing skills with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a golf outing at Bowling Green Golf Club in Oak Ridge (up to a $114 value). The outing includes the following:
- One 18-hole round of golf on Bowling Green's par 72 course (up to a $99 value)
- Golf-cart rental (included in greens fee)
- One bucket of driving-range balls (included in greens fee)
- One $15 dining voucher for The Grill Room
Bowling Green Golf Club’s five sets of tees test the swings of casual golfers and pros alike on a verdant course flanked by tall red pine trees and a back nine with natural ponds and wetlands. Players can begin their outing by bringing rusty drives back into line with a bucket of practice-range balls (usually around 20 balls). After warming up and thoroughly comparing sweater vests, golfers can hop into a golf cart and head for the first tee, where higher handicaps begin to appreciate the challenging-yet-playable difficulty of the course’s layout. At Bowling Green, tees and greens are situated closer together to speed up play, with most rounds finishing in around four hours, depending on player skill levels and the persistence of the putter paparazzi.
Postround meals needn't be wolfed down in a sand bunker thanks to The Grill Room's full menu of pub fare. Diners can sign on for match play with burgers and sandwiches such as the grilled-buffalo burger, which introduces ground bison to cheddar cheese and caramelized onions ($13.49), and the cheddar-stout rib eye, a grilled 8-ounce cut of rib eye and stout cheese placed on a fairway of toasted house bread ($16.49). Links lovers who can't bear to be indoors can take to The Grill Room's deck, where an unobstructed view of the course allows for keeping tabs on fellow players and ball-stealing ogres wearing argyle socks.
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
53 School House Rd.
Oak Ridge, New Jersey 07438