What You'll Get
Even before they started keeping score, golfers relished "getting a birdie," which involved luring a chicken into the open with an egg-colored ball and then hypnotizing it with argyle pants. Conquer gullible poultry with today's Groupon: for $53, you and a friend get 18 holes of golf, cart included, at Lake Chabot Golf Course in Oakland (a $106 value). Providing peepers with panoramic scene-scapes of the Oakland area, Bay Bridge, and the course's titular body of water, Lake Chabot Golf Course has been attracting ball bashers to its 27-hole club kingdom since 1923. Recent course reseeding, fertilization, and irrigation system upgrades have elevated the green-seeking experience, which ends with a par-six, 673-yard 18th hole. Test your aim, patience, and ball-related sorcery skills before motoring to the renovated, Spanish-style clubhouse for a spell of food, libations, and a discussion of Bobby Jones's signature no-hands swing technique.
Reviewers are mixed on the terrain but praise the diversity of options on the course. Yelpers give Lake Chabot Golf Course a 3.5-star average.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 28, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Reservation required. Valid Monday-Friday anytime and Saturday-Sunday after 10 AM. May combine 2 Groupons for a group of 4 people. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Lake Chabot Golf Course
Measuring in at an imposing 673 yards, the 18th hole at Lake Chabot Golf Course seems, at first glance, like an act of course-design cruelty. There's a catch, though: it's a par 6. The extra stroke, combined with the hole's all-downhill orientation, turns the titanic track into a surprising birdie opportunity.
Championship Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par-72 course
- Length of 6,006 yards from the tips
- Course rating of 69.5 from the tips
- Slope rating of 124 from the tips
- Three tee options available