Like waking a hibernating bear, waking a dormant stomach causes violent growls that can only be silenced by bowls of pasta and 20 minutes of gentle patting. Ward off vicious appetites with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get dinner for two at Hillview Country Club in Franklin (up to a $70 total value). The dinner includes:
- One appetizer or two salads (up to a $14 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $28 value each)<p>
Located along the pastoral links of an 18-hole golf garden, the restaurant at Hillview Country Club placates diners’ sophisticated yet playful tastes with a menu featuring succulent steaks, sapid seafood, and hearty pastas. Straight from the gourmet easy-bake oven in chef John Keevers’s mind, a plate of sizzling blue-crab cakes ignites a shared appetite spark, and a pair of southwestern barbecue chicken salads makes for separate starters under a cloak of anchovy-infused cilantro-ranch dressing.
Cure hunger and pay belly debts with a 12-ounce rib eye flanked by your choice of 2 sides from an 11-strong lineup that includes onion tanglers and sweet-potato fries. Elegant seafood entrees, such as the grilled ahi tuna loin with pineapple tempura, keep senses swimming and aquarium fishing expeditions out of the question. Patrons may also opt for a hearty pasta plate such as grilled chicken and three-cheese tortellini or spaghetti à la marinara with meatballs, each chaperoned to the table by garlic breadsticks.
Hillview Country Club
Opening its first fairways in 1926, Hillview Country Club prides itself on a charming course that envelops golfers in an emerald ecosystem replete with L93 bentgrass fairways and smooth, fast-moving greens. Players must contend with tree lines along the fairways and several water hazards as they corral golf balls over the 6,495-yard Robert Simmons design. Before a round, players can warm up at the practice facilities, which include a driving range with natural-grass hitting stations and a short-game area. The chipping green allows for approaches from up to 75 yards away, precisely the distance of Jack Nicklaus’s bathroom putting green.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par-72 course
- Total length of 6,585 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 71.4 from the back tees
- Course slope of 120 from the back tees