Much like confronting a former bully at a high-school reunion, playing golf requires an efficient swing and at least one friend to cheer you on. Take a mighty putt with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a round of 18-hole golf and cart rental for two at Cleghorn Plantation in Rutherfordton (up to an $80 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. A pair of golfers can explore 6,819 yards of picturesque brooks and sand traps artfully set by course designer George Cobb, who also left his signature putter snares and sticky cart paper at tasteful points. Elevated tee boxes and distinctive features, such as the creek through hole 16, the bold water hazard on hole 18, and the creeping sandman who unties golfers' shoelaces, enliven each round. Stealthy electric carts transport golfers between holes, which include four sets of tee boxes to accommodate players of all abilities. For strategizing swingers, the Cleghorn Plantation 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.