The first people to successfully paint the town red spent more time haphazardly assembling scaffolding and arguing over who got to be the foreman than enjoying the results. Take the planning out of carousing with today's Groupon: for $119, you get a six-hour party-room rental for up to 75 people at Countryside Golf Course in Norwalk (a $250 value).
Surrounded by the rolling vistas of a verdant, manicured 18-hole course, Countryside Golf Course’s clubhouse welcomes revelers to birthday parties, wedding receptions, and special event hosted in its spacious dining area. Guests can sip mixed drinks at the clubhouse’s U-shaped bar staffed by the complimentary bartender or sit down to a hearty meal brought from home, purchased from an outside caterer, or materialized by a sorcerer from the Cordon Bleu. The clubhouse’s windows open onto a 360-degree view of the golf course’s greens, giving guests the chance to test out panoramic lenses or stamina for spinning in circles. While today’s Groupon covers parties of up to 75 guests, extra guests may attend for an additional $2 per person.
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