It’s difficult to hit a target from far away, which is why holes-in-one are rare and the Goodyear blimp has never been shot successfully with an arrow. Drive hard with a vengeance, thanks to today’s Groupon to River's Bend Golf Club in Chester. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get an 18-hole round of golf for two with one cart rental (up to an $80 value).
- For $72, you get an 18-hole round of golf for four with two cart rentals (up to a $160 value).
Designed by acclaimed course architect Steve Smyers, River's Bend Golf Club's 18-hole course unfurls across 6,671 yards of bucolic terrain hemmed by the scenic James River. As golfers glide across the course's immaculate fairways, cresting hills give way to sweeping panoramas of the bountiful woodlands, waterways, and wild golf carts that populate the surrounding area. Rustic wooden bridges and white fences add to the course's sense of colonial splendor, each seamlessly interweaved into the mounded hazards and treacherous bunkers that await ill-struck orbs. The final three holes of the front nine circle a sizeable pond, which looms on the edges of each holes' landing zones, placing a premium on confident swings and bags that double as flotation devices. Though relatively difficult when played from the tips, the par 71 caters to duffers of all abilities with four tee options.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole par 71 course designed by Steve Smyers
- Length of 6,671 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 71.9 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 132 from the farthest tees
- Four tee options
River's Bend Golf Club
As its name implies, the course at River's Bend Golf Club nestles into a curve of the James River, whose waters rush alongside three of the fairways. Its design sprang from the mind of accomplished course architect Steve Smyers, who drew inspiration from the legendary architects of the 1920s and 1930s and their penchant for Herbert Hoover–shaped sand traps. For River’s Bend, Smyers incorporated naturally sloped terrain and woodlands to create fairways that challenge both novices and experts. Players pass rustic wooden bridges and white fences as they play, eventually facing off with a substantial pond tucked among the three final holes of the front nine.
Before teeing off at the first hole, players can warm up their swing at the driving range or take advantage of dedicated chipping and putting practice areas. For more guided practice, clubbers can sign up for lessons with golf pro Brandon Kelley, who covers everything from fundamentals to preshot mental routines, such as visualizing the golf ball as a miniature moon that needs to be returned to orbit.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-71 course
Length of 6,671 yards
Course rating of 71.9
Slope rating of 132
Four tee options