Golf obstacles parallel life challenges and reinforce conventional wisdom that the only way to escape rough patches is through excessive clubbing. Power through impediments with today’s Groupon for a golf outing for one, two, or four at Roddy Ranch Golf Club in Antioch. Choose from the following options:
- For $39, you get a golf outing for one (up to a $98 value).
- For $69, you get a golf outing for two (up to a $196 value).
- For $129, you get a golf outing for four (up to a $392 value).
Each outing includes a cart rental and the following for each golfer:
* 18 holes of golf (up to a $70 value/person)
* A bucket of range balls (a $10 value/person)
* A sleeve of Pinnacle golf balls (a $10 value/person)
* A hot dog and chips (an $8 value/person)
Roddy Ranch is a sprawling 235-acre par 72 course that was lauded “the finest golf course that’s opened in the greater Bay Area in years” by a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle after it opened in 2000. Players warm up with a bucket of about 35 balls each, whacking the dimpled orbs over 400 yards of grass from the three tiers that rise from each side of the driving range. Next, golfers get behind the wheel of a cart or all-terrain bumper boat and make for the course’s challenging fairways, which are carved from a former cattle ranch. Roddy Ranch’s turf is “in immaculate condition” and “drains well and runs hard and fast,” according to a 2008 review from KGO, which goes on to say that “Roddy Ranch will demand every club in your bag, including the pitch-and-run.” Search your bag to arm yourself for a club to handle the dogleg right of the 4th hole or dress your golf ball in a tiny life vest to before facing the watery hazards of the 10th.
After triumphing on the fairways, golfers adjourn to The Corral, where they bite into a hot dog each and replenish saline levels with chips. Players take home a sleeve of Pinnacle golf balls to place them under heat lights and wait for them to hatch.
Roddy Ranch Golf Club’s rates fluctuate through the week.
A self-described "cattleman," Jack Roddy made the shrewd business decision to turn his 2,000-acre cattle ranch into Roddy Ranch, which opened its pristine greens in 2000. The outcome was a resounding success, as the club's 18-hole, 7,024-yard course garnered praise from its early guests, including a San Francisco Chronicle writer who lauded the "home-free surroundings" as "the finest golf course that's opened in the greater Bay Area in years." With mounded terrain, relatively scarce tree lines, a multitude of bunkers, and ball washers that speak Gaelic, the course brings the links-style characteristics of golf's Emerald Isle forebears into the rustic hills of northern California. As golfers traverse the grassy labyrinth, elevated greens and tee boxes give way to scenic views of the brown- and green-toned landscape as rising foothills graze the distant clouds.
The expansive club also encompasses a 400-yard, three-tiered driving range, as well as a pro shop featuring golf apparel and accessories from Titleist, FootJoy, Antigua, and other top industry brands. After trolling the fairways or burying disloyal 9 irons in the deepest bunker, players can retreat to The Corral, where a full repertoire of sandwiches, salads, soups, soft drinks, beer, and liquor foster post-round rejuvenation and revelry.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Length of 7,024 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 74.5 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 142 from the farthest tees
Five tee options
See the scorecard