Much like confronting a former bully at a high-school reunion, playing golf requires an efficient swing and at least three friends to cheer you on. Take a stand against a shank-producing stroke with today's Groupon: for $39, you get 18 holes of golf and golf-cart rental at Knob Hill Golf Club (up to a $79 value), located in Manalapan.
The Mark McCumber–designed golf course housed on Knob Hill Golf Club's semiprivate grounds tests the wits and athleticism of golfers of all pedigrees. The par 72 arrangement of expansive fairways, manicured greens, and diabolical bunkers and roughs stretches more than 6,000 yards from the longest tees. Knob Hill keeps club swingers on their cleated toes as they silently roll from hole to hole in a cart, shooting for birdies, eagles, and pterodactyls. Knob Hill requests golfers dress appropriately and refrain from wearing T-shirts or denim attire.
Knob Hill Golf Club
Designed by 10-time PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, Knob Hill Golf Club’s 18-hole course bobs and weaves through 145 acres of scenic, dense woodland terrain. The first McCumber course to grace the American Northeast, the 6,408-yard layout seamlessly incorporates imposing tree lines and 15 manmade, natural, and caddy-tear ponds into an elegant, golf-clap-worthy fairway chain. The course’s most difficult hole—the 464-yard, par 4 fourth hole—showcases characteristic challenges with a tee shot that must carry a pond and bisect a tree-ensconced fairway on its path to a green fronted by a sandtrap. After rounds, duffers can replenish with a sudsy drink and a nosh from a menu of casual, gourmet fare at The Sycamore Grill, named for the 185-year-old sycamore that casts its shadows on the clubhouse and sheds celebratory leaves for players who score under par.
Course at a Glance:
Designed by Mark McCumber
18-hole, par 70 course
Length of 6,408 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.6 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 135 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
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