Unscrupulous golfers resort to any number of tactics to dupe opponents, from teaching the trees to catch to moving the hole to wherever their balls land. Instill ironclad 9-iron integrity with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a 2011 Youth Development Program membership to the Illinois Junior Golf Association (a $50 value).
The nonprofit Illinois Junior Golf Association cultivates love for the links in tiny tin cuppers by organizing more than 100 tournaments, from one-day 9- and 18-hole events to grand 36- and 54-hole championship showdowns. With the YDP membership, shrink-zapped golfers age 6–13 can encounter the toe-tickling thrill of competition in nearly 40 individual and parent/junior events (additional fees apply). Members also strike a mother lode of discounts, privileges, and reasons to paint faces plaid, such as two-for-one golf lessons at 11 Chicagoland facilities and free one-time junior golf rounds with a paying adult at 13 area courses.
Since developing one’s swing, like saying the word "mnemonics," requires rehearsal, IJGA members get price breaks at practice facilities such as driving ranges and training academies. Discounted tickets to the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship sweeten the membership package, as does the special rate on the Callaway LR 550 Rangefinder. Well-rounded young clubsmen and women can also take advantage of special deals on sporting events and entertainment such as Chicago Wolves games, Chicago Rush games, and Six Flags and Medieval Times outings. Peruse the membership page for a full list of benefits.