Much like confronting a former bully at a high-school reunion, playing golf requires an efficient swing and at least three friends to cheer you on. Take a stand against a shank-producing stroke with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a round of golf and cart for two at Cleghorn Plantation in Rutherfordton (up to a $60 value).
Named one of the best courses in North Carolina by golflink.com, Cleghorn Plantation complements the natural beauty of the rolling Carolinian hills with its challenging course and exquisite landscaping. Two golfers explore 6,819 yards of picturesque brooks and sand traps artfully set by course designer George Cobb, who also left his signature golfer snares and sticky cart paper at tasteful points. Elevated tee boxes and unique features, such as the creek through hole 16, the island on hole 18, and the creeping sandman who unties golfers' shoelaces, enliven each round. Complimentary carts transport golfers between holes, which include four sets of tee boxes to accommodate players of all abilities. For strategizing swingers, the Cleghorn Planation bequeaths a detailed preview of each hole that allows golfers to refine techniques, carefully plan the order of clubs used, and review which of their opponents' turns would be most disrupted by the release of plaid-hating bulls.
Though Cleghorn Plantation sometimes offers discounted rates, this Groupon still presents the best deal available.