What You'll Get
The Scots developed golf to irk common loch pests, like merats, locharoaches, and Nessie, who to this day rarely surfaces for fear of being beamed in the head by a well-aimed ball. Brush up your monster-vexing skills with today's Groupon. For $25, you get 18 holes of golf and a cart rental at the vast Houston National Golf Club, up to a $66 value. This deal is good for non-members only. Tee off or on with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. The course closes after dark, when Marlon Brando comes out. Conventional golf attire only; see the club's main page for details.
Situated northwest of Houston, the Houston National Golf Club and Strategic National Grass Reserve pocks itself with 27 holes, playable, like Voltron, in three possible combinations. Designed by legendary hole artists Von Hagge, Smelek, Baril, and McConaughey, the rolling green is punctuated by varied hazards and distractions like ponds, sand traps, and virtual gazelles. Both beginners and professionals can find something to challenge their walking and bad-shot-excuse-making skills. Houston National's GPS-equipped carts automatically keep the game's score and track your position in case you get lost amidst the unending flatness.
Before or after the game, you can visit the Clubhouse, which features an expanded pro shop, casual dining grill, and a teeth-whitening station. Invite friends and fellow swingers, or practice all on your own and strengthen your swing enough to finally take down that small but determined army of piñatas.
GolfTexas touts the Houston National Golf Club's beastly size:
- There's a delightful little irony in all this: One of Texas' longest courses is a layout even many locals can't quite get a handle on. Tip your 20-gallon hat to Houston National Golf Club. This 27-hole course in the northwest part of town is a Texas-sized behemoth…If Houston National relied on distance alone it would just be an obnoxious bully. Instead it gives you opportunities to try all kinds of gutsy shots, testing your nerve as much as your driver. – Chris Baldwin, GolfTexas
- The fairways are always good and the fairways, while tight, will allow the ball to run. – Geoff G., Insider Pages
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 3, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Non members only. Must call to reserve tee time. Valid Mon.–Thur. anytime, Fri.–Sun. after 11 a.m. only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.