Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game where they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $6, you get two tickets to the Great Plains Golf Expo, taking place February 26 and 27 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center (up to a $12 value). Admission for kids aged 12 and under is free.
One of the Midwest's biggest golf shows, the Great Plains Golf Expo immerses links lovers in a wonderland of club-and-ball-based fun. Events include an interactive golf simulator for robot businessmen and humans allergic to real fairways. Puttmeisters can qualify for a chance to win $10,000 in a 9-foot putting contest on both Saturday and Sunday, while those who relish glory more than riches can compete in a nine-hole putting ordeal to determine who will wear the heavy mantle of Best Putter in South Dakota. A demo range sponsored by Austad's puts the latest in club technology into the hands of driving enthusiasts, allowing them to test out the state-of-the-art in dimpled spheroid projectile propulsion. Expo goers looking to step up their game can have their clubs regripped or soak up excess skill with a free five-minute lesson from an area PGA pro. A silent auction benefits The First Tee, a charity dedicated to helping young people via golf’s character-building lessons, such as those regarding patience, dedication, and the virtues of speaking softly while carrying a carbon-fiber stick.