When Atlantis fell, the only survivors were its golfers, whose vast knowledge of water hazards saw them to safety. Hone game-saving skills with today's Groupon: for $350, you get a 2012 annual Valley membership to Clover Valley Golf Club in Johnstown (up to a $700 value). Members pay a $12 cart fee per round. The membership includes the following:
- No greens fees Monday–Friday, or on weekends and holidays after 1 p.m. This includes the remainder of the 2011 season
- Tee time booking up to 14 days in advance
- $5 greens-fee discount for guests
Clover Valley Golf Club sprawls across 230 acres of serene parkland and rolling fields speckled with pockets of forest and clusters of long, windswept grasses. Golfers with the annual Valley membership can tee off an unlimited number of times throughout the 2012 season and the remainder of the 2011 season, mastering the bent-grass greens and mentally mapping fairways in preparation for solar-eclipse matches. The par 72 course stretches across 7,149 yards as it flows over gently rolling fields, gliding past prominent weeping willows. Five sets of tees make the course playable for golfers of all abilities, and a spattering of bunkers and water hazards require most golfers to hit every club in their bags and occasionally some from the bags of unwary strangers.
The course is sidekicked by a practice area replete with a 3,500-square-foot chipping area, a 5,500-square-foot putting green, and a driving range featuring target greens and unblinking spectators. Though no discounts are included in the membership, golfers can retire to the clubhouse lounge or restock on golf wares in the pro shop.
Though Clover Valley Golf Club offers a $100 discount on memberships, today's Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Clover Valley Golf Club
Though it only opened its green runways in 2001, Clover Valley Golf Club's 18-hole course has the look of a timeless landmark. Massive weeping willow trees cast shadows throughout the grounds, and the 7,149-yard links snake through waterways that seem as if they've wrapped around bent-grass fairways and greens since the beginning of time. From the tips, the course tests even the longest drivers with four par-fives that exceed 530 yards in length. Five sets of tees make the course playable for golfers of all abilities, and bunkers and water hazards require most golfers to hit every club in their bags, though not at the same time.
The course is supplemented with a variety of practice areas, including a 20,000-square-foot practice tee and short game area. Between rounds, golfers can fill up at the clubhouse lounge or enjoy the view from the patio.
8644 Johnstown-Alexandria Rd.
Johnstown, Ohio 43031