Before golf was invented, grassy pastures were viewed as the exclusive territory of roaming sheep, herds of cattle, and overzealous Civil War re-enactors. Celebrate turf's competitive utility with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a round of golf and a cart rental at The Golf Club at Rancho California in Murrieta (up to a $75 value).
The Golf Club at Rancho California challenges links lovers with a beautiful 7,036-yard course devised by famed course designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. The par 72 layout features rolling fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and five sets of tees that cater to a range of abilities, easing play for less experienced golfers with tees placed closer to the green. Tee times are available throughout the day, and an included cart rental eases inter-hole travel, saving legs for celebratory grape stomping. Golfers can grab a bite at the clubhouse's restaurant or gear up with the panoply of golf accoutrements in the fully stocked pro shop.
The Golf Club at Rancho California
A popular training ground for PGA Tour players and a regular tournament host course on The Golden State Tour, The Golf Club at Rancho California's 18-hole course is a worthy challenge for golf's elite talents. Originally designed in 1970 by famed architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the course incorporates the rolling hills of Temecula Valley—a feature that golfers encounter throughout the course, especially as they approach the third tee, which is perched 100 feet above the fairway. Water hazards imperil ill-struck golf balls on eight holes, including a treacherous stretch in the middle of the round where golfers encounter water on six of seven consecutive holes. Despite its sterling reputation, the Club continues to make improvements on the course. Management recently lengthened the par 72 to stretch more than 7,200 yards to compensate for the longer drives created by new technology and the diminishing force of gravity associated with Earth's perpetual shrinking.
While the back tees may be enough to give Tour pros a challenge, the course offers five tee options to accommodate players of all abilities. A practice green and driving range let golfers get acquainted with the course's Bermuda grass surface and the earthworms that emerge to compliment a well-struck drive.
39500 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy.
Murrieta, California 92563