Golf is considered a gentleman's game due to its emphasis on proper etiquette, color-coordinated outfits, and the removal of all brass knuckles and inflatable billy clubs before competition. Embrace courtly tradition with today's Groupon: for $20, you get 18 holes of golf (up to a $24 value) and cart rental (a $16 value) at Countryside Golf Course in Norwalk (up to a $40 total value).
At Countryside Golf Course, golfers drive and putt through 160 acres of manicured bentgrass fairways. A USGA course since 2004, the 18-hole green begins with a bang, as the first nine holes boast six water hazards, so named because golf balls cannot swim. Par 5's pepper the course, with the sand traps and water of the first hole challenging linksmen to place their shots carefully and the long fairway and unkempt rough of the 15th hole rewarding power-hitters. Enamored by views of picturesque fields and rolling meadows, distracted golf balls may stray off the course, reuniting with their owners later at the clubhouse to enjoy a meal or discuss the ball's proposal to hit the golfer for a change next time.
Countryside Golf Course's rates fluctuate during the week.
Countryside Golf Course
Countryside Golf Course's 18-hole layout rolls across 6,366 yards of the Iowa countryside, but it's the first 574 yards that immediately catch golfers' attention. The course challenges players from the moment they stake their tree slivers into the soil of the first tee box, where they look out onto the course's hardest-rated hole: a 574-yard par 5 that doglegs to the right towards a green guarded by sand and water on either side. The difficult opener sets the tone for the rest of the course, where water comes into play on seven holes—six on the front nine—and all but one hole features at least one greenside bunker.
After their round, players who have not spoiled their appetite by grazing on the course's lush bent grass can head toward the clubhouse for a post-round meal or drink. At the wooden u-shaped bar, guests can crack open a beer and refuel with hot dogs and sandwiches.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole course
- Bent grass fairways and greens
- Length of 6,366 yards from the farthest tees
- Three tee options
- Link to scorecard
3089 North Ave. Hwy G-14
Norwalk, Iowa 50211