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 $20, you get 18 holes of golf and a golf cart rental (up to a $37 value), one hot dog (a $3 value), and a fountain drink (a $1.50 value) at Clover Valley Golf Club in Johnstown (up to a $41.50 total value).
Plotted amidst 230 acres of verdant forest and green rolling hills, Clover Valley Golf Club embodies the very nature of a relaxing golf course. Well-manicured greens and fairways braid their way through the serene 18-hole course as challenging layouts entreat players to use each of their clubs throughout the round. Hazards keep golfers sharp, with wandering golf balls threatened by sand traps, large bodies of water, and batteries of anti-putt missiles. Players practice their short game on the 9,000-square-foot practice area and hone their swing on the vast driving range. An armada of golf carts stands ready to ferry players from tee to tee or to settle deadlocks with tie-breaking wheelie competitions. After chipping through the idyllic scenery, golfers decamp to the newly renovated clubhouse for a post-round repast of hot dogs and fountain drinks.
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.