Before golf was invented, grassy pastures were viewed as the exclusive territory of roaming sheep, herds of cattle, and overzealous Civil War reenactors. Celebrate turf's competitive utility with today's Groupon for golf and fitness services at Eagle Ridge Golf Club. Choose from three options:
- For $30, you get an 18-hole single round of golf, plus a cart rental (up to a $65 value).
- For $90, you get an 18-hole round of golf for four plus a cart rental (up to a $260 value).
- For $599, you get an Eagle Ridge Golf Club bronze family membership, which includes access to all four of the Fred Smith Company Sports Clubss in Johnston County, Clayton, and Raleigh (a $1,218 value).
The Eagle Ridge Golf Club, which was voted the 2010 Best Golf Course by Triangle East magazine, tickles links lovers' golf bones with 6,904 yards of undulating, tree-lined challenges, while living up to the vision of designer and golfer extraordinaire Tom Kite. The par 71 course offers golfers of all skill sets a lively labyrinth of fairways and greens, which, unlike trying to guess where the maid hid dinner, challenges players without sacrificing fun. The practice green and chipping area hone shots, and the pro shop bequeaths golfers with much needed, golf-nemesis-battling gear, such as golf gloves and swords. Both foursomes and singles receive a cart rental for their course navigation, cutting out club-carrying fatigue and enabling nature to be enjoyed the way it was intended, sitting down.
Families looking to combine fitness and golf in a fun social setting can opt for the bronze family membership valid at each Fred Smith Company Sports Club location. The one-year membership includes the $150 initiation fee and entitles families to a bevy of benefits including unlimited access to fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, and group classes, admittance to miles of scenic trails, and, in addition to Eagle Ridge Club access, exclusive golf privileges at the Hedingham and Riverwood golf clubs.
Eagle Ridge Golf Club
Sculpted through undulating, woodland terrain, Eagle Ridge Golf Club's par 71 course is a 6,904-yard testament to the inventive design of 1992 U.S. Open Champion Tom Kite, who made roughly two dozen trips to the site while crafting the layout. Multiple high-risk, high-reward shots manifest themselves throughout the round, creating a pin-hunting experience that—unlike trying to guess where the valet hid your car keys—challenges players without sacrificing fun. With many shots into elevated or downhill greens, the course places sound wedge and short-iron shots at a premium.
Before or after rounds, clubbers can warm up at the practice green or swing to their heart's content at the driving range, where practice balls paint racing stripes on themselves in anticipation of their trip into the clouds. To further promote score-shaving form, the club's pro shop peddles the latest in technologically enhanced golf gear, a PGA staffer offers lessons and clinics, and the dining facility fuels muscles for the next tape-measure drive.