The Scots developed golf to irk common loch pests, such as merats, locharoaches, and Nessie—who to this day rarely surfaces for fear of being beaned by a well-aimed ball. Brush up your monster-vexing skills with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a golf outing at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo (up to a $100 total value). The outing includes the following:
- 18 holes of golf with cart rental (up to a $76 value)
- One large bucket of range balls (a $9 value)
- One Hiddenbrooke golf towel (a $10 value)
- One beer or soda (up to a $5 value)
Named the number-nine public course in the nation by the readers of Golf Digest in 2010, Hiddenbrooke Golf Club bounds over dramatic elevation changes as it winds through a verdant valley peppered with sweeping vistas and challenging holes. Before taking the first tee, golfers can warm up by rifling off shots at the driving range. The par 72 Arnold Palmer signature course stretches up to 6,782 yards, with a diversity of holes demanding focused drives and precise iron play amidst a mesmerizing canvas of tan hills and tanning grandpas basking in the sandy ambiance of numerous bunkers.
Five sets of tees help make the course accessible to golfers of all abilities, and snaking creeks, numerous ponds, and circuitous fairways beg players to shape drives and thread risky shots past tightly clustered hazards and ball-snatching tree branches. One of the course's hardest tests comes on the par-five fifth hole, which plays downhill and forces players to follow tee shots with a choice to lay up, try to reach the well-guarded green in two, or defy conventions by attempting a 250-yard putt.
Following the round, golfers can retire to the club grill to sip on a draft beer or soda while enjoying views of the course and tallying up scores up with a loaner abacus.
Hiddenbrooke Golf Club's rates fluctuate throughout the day and week. Tee times after 5 p.m. may be a better value than this Groupon.
Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
Golf legend Arnold Palmer, known in the cleated world as the King and winner of the PGA Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, designed the undulating ryegrass fairways at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club. Ranked as one of Golf Digest’s Readers’ Choice Top 50 Public Courses in 2009, the course unfolds scenic views of rolling hills as players give their balls detailed directions, hand them compasses and trail mix, and send them hiking toward the pin. The 12th hole’s pin challenges orbs with one of the toughest locations on the course, and eight sand bunkers guard three sides of the 18th hole’s green. After working up a sweat, swingers can remove their gloves and Kevlar vests and celebrate or commiserate their score at The Grille, where diners gaze out over the greens while munching sandwiches and quaffing beer.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par-72 course
- Length of 6,678 yards
- Course rating of 72.8
- Slope rating of 142
- 25 hitting stations at driving range
- See helpful course map and notes
1095 Hiddenbrooke Pkwy.
Vallejo, California 94591