Many improvements in modern golf technology were originally developed for space travel, which explains optimally dimpled golf balls, titanium-alloy drivers, and jet-fuel-powered divot repairers. Send your game into the stratosphere with today's Groupon: for $58, you get a round of golf and cart rental for two at The Patriot Golf Course from Grand Harbor Golf and Yacht Club in Ninety Six, SC (a $116 value).
Designed by 1997 PGA Championship—winner Davis Love III, The Patriot Golf Course spans 7,045 yards of lush, rolling terrain flanked by the docile waters of Lake Greenwood. Rounds begin and end at the faux–brick ruins that surround the first tee and 18th green, which replicate a Revolutionary War fort—a tribute to the fact that the war's first land battle was waged nearby and a solemn reminder to modern golfers never to submit to the tyranny of chronic slices and snap-hooks.
Rough-edged bunkers, an arboreal cocktail of pines and mature hardwood trees, and the ever-encroaching fingers of Lake Greenwood place a high premium on precise drives and well-struck long irons, and menacing, boldly contoured greens demand pinpoint approaches. Servile carts help divoteers retrieve wayward white orbs and nimbly navigate this usually private golfers' sanctuary, which features numerous lakeside panoramas that—unlike your scorecard—will produce a good picture regardless of how you play.