Modern engineering has given rise to high-tech golf equipment, including more aerodynamic golf balls, powerful drivers, and energy-efficient carts powered by hole-guarding windmills. Put your gear to the test with today's Groupon for golf packages. Choose between the following options:
- For $69, you get an 18-hole round of golf and cart rental for two, two small buckets of range balls, and two hot dogs with chips at Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora (up to a $114.50 value, including cart-rental fees).
- For $59, you get an 18-hole round of golf and cart rental for two and two hot dogs with chips at Fox Valley Golf Club in North Aurora (up to an $98.50 value, including cart-rental fees).
With today's first option, two club-wielders can loop the 6,200-yard links of Phillips Park Golf Course, an 18-hole grassy monolith first braved in the mid-1920s. Bisect wide-open fairways with a well-struck drive on the club's front nine, a links-style layout advantageous for long hitters who can evade strategically placed sand-traps and roaming fairway trolls. The hilly back-nine places a higher premium on orb-mashing precision with tighter, tree-lined fairways and picturesque water hazards. Phillips Park employees will help ward off putt-defying hunger pangs with a complimentary hot dog and chips (a $6.50 value), and both divoteers will be granted a small bucket of range balls (an $8 value) to warm up before the round or use as eyeball facsimiles to terrorize gullible children at the next local carnival.
Today's second option lets duffers traverse the verdant corridors of Fox Valley Golf Club, which spans 5,927 yards of tee-to-green turf. Ill-struck spheroids run the risk of landing in the sinister clutches of one of Fox Valley's 56 sand traps or the many ponds dotting the grounds like the plaid kilt-clad Scotsmen of yore. Nurture your starving short game by eating your complimentary hot dog before taking to the first tee, or wait to chew loudly during your partner's backswing.