Golf began as an everyman's version of polo, evolving to its current incarnation as participants realized the difficulty of manoeuvering the greens on a rocking horse. Traverse greens with ample horsepower with today's Groupon: for $88, you get one day of unlimited golf and cart rental valid Monday–Thursday plus a Preferred Player's guide with $400 worth of coupons at The Golf Club at Lora Bay, located in Thornbury (up to a $237.75 value, including HST).
Nestled in the Blue Mountains and overlooking Georgian Bay, The Golf Club at Lora Bay challenges golfers with a championship-style course that honours the area's history and dynamic terrain. Co-designed by PGA tour pro Tom Lehman and Canadian course architect Thomas McBroom, the 18-hole, 7,200-yard course frames undulating fairways with the abutting shoreline and several wildlife preserves. Each hole confronts club-swingers with new challenges, from bunkers filled with local crushed limestone to fairways disguised as two-dimensional Christmas trees, and the layout integrates standing structures such as apple orchards and 100-year-old barns. Intensive maintenance keeps the course compliant with Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, and the course's combination of play and design has attracted premier competitions including the TELUS Skins Game, the Nationwide Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic and Celebrity Pro-Am, and the William Shatner Ultimate Frisbee and Barbecue Bash.
Buyers also receive a Preferred Player's Guide (a $40 value), containing yardage information about the course and loaded with $400 worth of coupons to use at Lora Bay, such as at The Raven Grill. The Golf Shop at Lora Bay stocks brands such Callaway Quagmire, and Loudmouth, as well as coffee mugs that confirm the buyer’s status as the world's greatest golf-cart driver.