When astronauts reached the moon, one of the first things they did was play golf, creating an instant craze for argyle space suits and zero-gravity putters. Brandish terrestrial-golf gear with today's Groupon: for $9, you get 18 holes of golf at Highlands Golf in Tacoma (up to an $18 value). Tee times must be scheduled in advance.
Highlands Golf’s 9-hole course generally takes less than 75 minutes to play, making it easy and convenient for golfers of all skill levels to fine-tune their games. The par 28 course challenges visitors with eight 100–187-yard par 3 holes and one 255-yard par 4 hole, forcing players to focus on their short games rather than on using their club covers as sock puppets. Scenic challenges dot the course, including eight bunkers and three water hazards, and the verdant ball pastures are augmented by stately trees, allowing pitching wedges to enjoy the splendor of nature as they swing to and fro.
The nine-hole course at Highlands Golf tests the mettle of mid- to short-range irons with nine par 3s and a bounty of scenarios that demand short-game finesse. Whereas most courses place value on long drives and superhuman muscles like Arnold Palmer's, Highlands Golf makes players rely on dexterity with shorter irons and putting prowess. Tee shots range from just 100 yards to 200 yards on the par 3s, with eight bunkers and three water hazards ready to confound overconfident swings. Rounds typically take less than 75 minutes to complete, providing an unintimidating layout for new players to practice, space for veterans to show off their short-game theatrics, and enough soft landing spots for speed golfers to test the aerodynamics of argyle tracksuits.
Course at a Glance:
- Nine-hole, par-27 course
- Nine par 3s
- No hole longer than 200 yards
- Rounds often completed in less than 75 minutes