The dimples on a golf ball help it fly farther with greater accuracy, just as the dimples on a baby help it steal candy from gullible strangers. Find your adorably sporty sweet spots with today's Groupon: for $30, you get one round of golf for two people, including cart rental, at Hickory Knob State Resort Park Golf Course in McCormick, South Carolina (up to a $70 value).
Hickory Knob State Resort Park's scenic 18-hole golf course has garnered four stars from Golf Digest for its striking views and challenging play. Execute a prize-winning putt or an applause-earning par on manicured greens that meander through pine forests, over slopes and contours, and between windmills deemed too large to be mini-golf obstacles. Designed by architect Tom Jackson, the 6,560-yard course winds around Lake Thurmond, providing sights of the mellifluously waving waters at every hole. Today's deal awards purchasers play for two, making it fit for an active first date for athletes or a relaxed second date for people who met mid-skydive. The comfortable clubhouse's snack bar can replenish energy after a round of knocking in birdies or a bout of golf-cart drag-racing.
South Carolina State Parks
Inside South Carolina’s 47 state-registered parks, visitors explore secluded forest trails, sweeping cerulean lakes, roiling saltwater surfs crashing on white beaches, and streams and rivers overgrown with thick canopies of trees. The protected areas, many of which were assembled nearly a century ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps, encompass more than 80,000 acres and span turf from the rambling Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy Atlantic-coast beaches. Abundant activities for guests include canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and accidentally startling long-forgotten lumberjacks wearing headphones.
Visitors experience colonial history up close at some parks, where registered historic homes, plantations, and landmark buildings stand preserved or in their natural state. These structures grant a glimpse into the lives of European settlers, Native Americans, and African Americans through building tours, archaeological collections, and live history demonstrations. Overnight camping is available at many parks, ranging from primitive campsites to cabins, villas, and tent sites that offer running water. Much like a scientist designing a soda-can-powered robot, park administrators follow a rigorous recycling program to ensure the preservation of the wilderness.
1591 Resort Dr.
McCormick, South Carolina 29835