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 $25, you get a nine-hole round of golf for two, a power-cart rental, and a large bucket of driving-range balls at Emerald Hills Golf Course in Redwood City (up to a $50 value).
Nestled in the verdant hills of Redwood City, Emerald Hills challenges golfers with a scenically satisfying par 3, nine-hole course. The undulating layout demands both uphill and downhill shots, rewarding golfers' careful club choices and strategic use of telekinesis. Though Emerald Hills touts itself as the "toughest nine-hole course in Northern California," the sixth hole offers an easier effort with 120 yards of smooth-sailing green and helpful carrier pigeons to ensure a helpful scoring advantage. Each invigorating round of stick-swinging is enhanced by the use of a speedy power cart, ferrying you and a comrade-in-clubs from tee to tee with electric ease (cart rental ends two hours prior to closing). Emerald Hills' two practice greens and mid-size practice cage boast ample opportunities for honing short-game skills.
Emerald Hills Golf Course
Emerald Hills Golf Course strings together nine par 3 holes that test short-game proficiency as players use shorter irons to propel their golf balls through course's frequent elevation changes. The sixth hole presents opportunities for holes-in-one with a downhill tee shot of just 120 yards into a bowl-shaped green, easily replicated from a backyard deck into an inflatable swimming pool.
Golfers hoping to shave strokes off their scores can work under the tutelage of the course's certified teaching professional, Chris Raddie. Players can then practice Chris's corrective advice after a lesson or before a round on the two practice greens or midsize practice cage, which can double as a penalty box for prevaricating scorekeepers.
Course at a Glance:
- 9-hole, par 27 course
- Total length of 1,156 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 54.2 from the back tees
- Course slope of 88 from the back tees
- Two sets of tees per hole