Like mountain climbing, golfing requires spiked shoes, mental strength, and a caddy to carry you through the toughest parts. Climb high with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one 18-hole round of golf (up to a $21 value), a cart rental (up to an $18 value), one bucket of range balls (a $7 value), refreshments (a $2.50 value), and a souvenir golf ball (a $3.50 value) at Excelsior Springs Golf Course (up to a $52 total value) in Excelsior Springs. Tee times are scheduled anytime after 1 p.m., and golfers under age 15 play free Monday–Thursday after noon or Friday–Sunday after 2 p.m.
Since 1915, Excelsior Springs Golf Course has been challenging orb-smashing novices and professional putters alike with its championship, par 72 golf course, which has hosted former PGA regulars Tom Watson, Payne Stewart, and Tom Pernice. Tee off toward 18 pins spread over 6,603 yards of rolling hills, elevation changes, and challenging obstructions, including fully grown trees, water hazards, and roving packs of sasquatches. Cushy golf carts whisk club-carriers from zoysia-grass fairways to well-manicured greens, allowing golfers to breeze down the monument-lined 15th hole.
Take the pressure off stressful moments of golf-truth with a refreshing draw from one of the two included bottles of water or soda. After playing through, ditch the cart and hone your home-run swing with a bucket of balls at the on-site driving range. Golfers can commemorate their outings with a souvenir golf ball emblazoned with the signatures of all movie stars.
Excelsior Springs Golf Course
The emerald grounds at Excelsior Springs Golf Course are seeped in history, showcasing some features that date back much earlier than the course's founding in 1915. On hole No.15—called "Oasis"—players tee off next to a monument marking the site of the Battle of Fredricksburg, fought in 1862, and an original log cabin built in 1825 still stands to remind golfers of the hearty settlers who once crossed the Mississippi in horse-drawn golf carts. When the course first opened, it was a 36-hole complex, but yet another major American event, the Great Depression, saw its reduction to the 18 holes that exist today.
Today, players continue to fire upon Zoysia fairways and storm the small greens as they make their way around the 18-hole course. Par 5s in hole No. 9, "Fairacre," and the behemoth, 593-yard No. 18, "Sunset," close out each side, presenting high hurdles for golfers before they head into the clubhouse and give clubs time to nap.
Course at a Glance
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 6,603 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 72.5 from the back tees
- Course slope of 123 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole
1201 E Golf Hill Dr.
Excelsior Springs, Missouri 64024