Golf courses, like swiss cheese and depositions before a grand jury, are best when full of strategically placed holes. Appreciate well-holed athleticism with today's Groupon: for $13, you get nine holes of golf for two people at Fort Steilacoom Golf Course in Lakewood (up to a $26 value). Golf carts are not included with today's Groupon.
Fort Steilacoom Golf Course's nine holes cover 105 acres with sprawling, tree-lined fairways. Evergreens and oaks tower over tidy, well-maintained greens, through which seasoned and novice links prowlers navigate balls. Adding challenge and variety to the course are a fleet of sandy bunkers, natural water traps, and black holes that transport balls to a convenience store in Albuquerque. Complimentary 10-minute lessons, held at Lake Spanaway Golf Course, help golfers and underdimpled golf balls fine-tune their game.
Fort Steilacoom Golf Course
Fort Stellacoom Golf Course has all the rolling hills, glittering water hazards, and forested groves you might expect at a golf course. It also has what you might not expect—soccer balls. That's because in addition to regular golf, the course also offers FootGolf, a combination of golf and soccer that challenges players to kick a #5 regulation soccer ball into holes measuring 21 inches in diameter. The 2,181-yard, part-71 FootGolf course includes 18 holes, which are placed closer together to account for the shorter shot distance. Otherwise, the rules are the same as in golf—players strive to reach their target in as few kicks as possible, and at the end, the player with the lowest score on their scorecard wins.
The golf course itself covers a flat parcel of terrain with a nine-hole, par 34 layout that measures a modest 2,491 yards when played from the farther of two tee options. Open fairways sparsely lined with evergreens put beginners at ease while inviting more experienced golfers to shoot for low scores, as solid drives can set up potential eagle opportunities on two short par 4s and the 440-yard, par 5 fifth hole. The relatively level setting makes the course easy to walk, though Fort Steilacoom offers golf carts for those who haven’t taught their caddy the art of the piggyback ride. Fort Steilacoom complements its course with a practice area, a snack bar, and a full-service pro shop where golfers can rent clubs.
Course at a Glance:
- Nine-hole, par 34 course
- Length of 2,491 yards from the farther tees
- Course rating 62.1 from the farther tees (adjusted for a par score of 68)
- Slope rating of 96 from the farther tees
- Two tee options