Before golf was invented, grassy pastures were viewed as the exclusive territory of roaming sheep, herds of cattle, and overzealous Civil War reenactors. Celebrate turf's competitive utility with today's Groupon: for $189, you get eight 18-hole rounds of golf including range balls, and 10 one-hour clinics with a golf pro at Hickory Creek Golf Course in Ypsilanti (a $1,082 value).
Hickory Creek's championship-style course challenges golf aficionados and soothes senses with manicured greens and a verdant landscape rife with vegetation. Among the rolling 18 holes is the island green of hole 17, which dares players to conquer its watery defenses before demonstrating their victory-break-dancing skills. Gently rolling hills dotted with trees, traps, and the course’s namesake creek abound throughout the scenery, honing the skills of golf novices and expert club tamers alike. Clinics from fairway veteran Tami Bealert enhance the developing techniques of aspiring PGA winners, customizing curriculum to match each individual's goals, expectations, and collection of argyle socks.
Hickory Creek Golf Course
Hickory Creek Golf Course features a number of high-risk, high reward golf shots along a vibrant path of water, trees, and sand; but none so daring as the tee shot on hole 17. Noted as the signature hole at the club, the tee box positions players in front of an island green and an expanse of water that makes dry land seem farther away than the 161 yards indicated on the scorecard. If players block out the watery danger and execute on a smooth swing, solid contact, and complete follow-through, they give themselves a good chance that their next shot will be with the putter as opposed to a ball-retrieval harpoon. With this hole out of the way, only the long, dogleg-right No.18 lies between them and drinks on The Greenside Tavern's outdoor patio.