Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game in which they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $34, you get 18 holes of golf for two, plus cart rental, at Hughes Creek Golf Club in Elburn (up to a $96 value). This Groupon is valid anytime Monday–Thursday and after 12 p.m. Friday–Sunday.
Hughes Creek Golf Club envelops golfers in 170 tranquil acres of manicured Kane County farmland while challenging their club-knowhow on 18 formidable holes spanning distances of 105–497 yards. Iron wielders can toss their golf-ball tenderizers into the back of their cart and traverse Hughes Creek's scenic stretches of gentle acclivities, wetlands, and indigenous greenery populated by red-winged blackbirds and northern cardinals. Each hole sports several tee boxes and fairway layouts that, like road trips in canyon country, alternate between long drives and short drops, posing course conquistadors with challenging club choices.