What You'll Get
Even the most hardened city dweller can occasionally use a respite from the car horns and mysterious bagpipers whose sounds pollute the urban morningscape. Flee to a fairer scene with today's Groupon to Flying L Guest Ranch in Bandera. Choose from the following options:
- For $12, you get a round of golf (up to a $35 value).
- For $10, you get an adult admission (ages 13+) to Lone Star Lagoon water park (up to a $19.95 value).
- For $5, you get one child's admission (ages 3–12) to Lone Star Lagoon water park (up to a $9.95 value).
Located roughly an hour from San Antonio, the sprawling ranch offers an all-natural taste of Texas country life, with fun, family-friendly activities peppered throughout the grounds. Test mettle and cart-wheelie skills on the PGA-pro staffed Flying L Golf Course, a 6,646-yard stretch featuring winding fairways, majestic backdrops, and terrain flecked with hills and oak trees that made Resort and Lodges list of the 10 Best Golf Resorts in Texas. Each of the EZ Go golf carts comes equipped with a ProLink GPS system, ensuring that players won't lose their way when searching for balls in the rough or escaping flirtatious sand traps. The Spike N' Spur Grill awaits putting powerhouses after a long day's flogging and, though a meal is not included in today's Groupon, the sunsets seen from its newly built patio deck may be enjoyed free of charge.
Lone Star Lagoon water park, a pioneer-themed oasis of wagon-covered slides, wading pools, and play places, captures the thrill of the Oregon Trail without the rattlesnakes. Spill your courage during the bucket drop, lounge on the lazy river, or succumb to gravity on the slippery slides. The water park has rides for H20 lovers of all ages, making it a more ideal family activity than filling out W-9s. Both adults and kids will gain access to ranch amenities, including tennis, horseshoes, basketball, and sand volleyball.
_ Lone Star Lagoon offers its own deals at certain times of the week that may be better values than this deal; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time._
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person for golf option, Limit 5 per person for water park options. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required for golf option, subject to availability. Must schedule tee time at least 5 days in advance. No outside coolers allowed in water park. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Flying L Guest Ranch
Jack Lapham strolled all 542 acres of the ranch, breathing in the desert air deeply and squinting at the shrub-speckled hills. On the horizon of this empty Western wilderness, he saw fences for horse stables, hotel suites, shooting ranges, and aircraft runways. The ranch’s owner stood behind him as he surveyed the land. “What do you think?” the owner asked, his voice firm and husky, like gravel. Jack, a former military colonel, turned and smiled a soldier’s wry smile. With a twinkle in his eye, he pulled out his checkbook. “This looks like a place where modern people can go and find themselves in the midst of yesterday.”
Over its next 65+ years as a dude ranch, the Flying L was the setting for aircraft tests, visits from famous authors, and the TV show The Cisco Kid. Today, staffers maintain its desert landscape and historic stone villas—many designed by associates of Frank Lloyd Wright—as a Western family resort. Suites lodge visitors among fireplaces and king-size beds, and modern and traditional decor styles meet inside tile bathrooms and wood-cabin construction. An 18-hole golf course rambles between massive oak trees, and miniature-golf fairways encounter obstacles such as rocky outcroppings and wagon wheels. An authentic ranch stable houses 40 horses, which can carry riders around the fields or on trots along grassy trails and rocky riverside paths. Nearby, a water park battles the desert heat and incites the hurt feelings of mirages with an artificial wave pool, tubing river, and water slides.