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 for two with cart rental at The Patriot Golf Course at Grand Harbor Golf & Yacht Club in Ninety Six, South Carolina (a $116 value).
The Patriot Golf Course, which was designed by 1997 PGA Championship winner Davis Love III, unfurls with thousands of yards of lush, rolling terrain flanked by the docile waters of Lake Greenwood. Rounds begin and end at the faux brick ruins surrounding the first tee and 18th green that replicate a Revolutionary War–style fort—a tribute to the fact that the war's first land battle was waged nearby in a field peppered with golf balls and caddies. Rough-edged bunkers, an arboreal cocktail of pines and mature hardwood trees, and Lake Greenwood place a high premium on precise drives and well-struck long-irons, and boldly contoured greens demand pinpoint approaches. Servile carts help divoteers retrieve wayward golf balls and nimbly navigate this usually private golfer sanctuary, which features numerous lakeside panoramas that, unlike your scorecard, will produce a good picture regardless of how you play.
200 Grand Harbor Blvd.
Ninety Six, South Carolina 29666