Like Cupid's archery, golf is a long-range, precision sport that inspires intense devotion and occasionally surprises cynical bachelor squirrels. Train your sights on today's Groupon: for $97, you get a round of golf with golf cart rental, one at each of five Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) courses (up to a $194 value). The courses are Avon Fields, California, Glenview, Neumann, and Reeves.
Golfers at the Cincinnati Recreation Commission's five lush courses spar on friendly fairways, confront high-par holes, and spy rare fauna in terrain certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries. Rolling hills ripple the Avon course's 18 holes, where swingers practice short-game maneuvers such as chipping, pitching, and golf-ball juggling. Capable clubs navigate old-growth trees and tune out distracting views of the Ohio River at the majestic, par 70 California course, visiting Reeves for another challenging 18-hole round or a lesson on the nine-hole par 3 alternate course. Both the fast greens of Neumann and the lush links of Glenview, the site of the 1987 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, boast three unique nines that welcome a spectrum of ball and square-root chasers.
Each course hosts a grill to fill bellies with fast chow and cool beverages alongside a shop that outfits hands with apparel and clubs for purchase or rental.
CRC sometimes offers discounts online; its rates fluctuate.