Like painting a portrait or fixing a computer, completing a round of golf is always more impressive when it’s done in the pouring rain. Enjoy equally impressive fair-weathered fores with today's Groupon: for $45, you get 18 holes of golf for two with cart rental at Mainprize Regional Park and Golf Course in Midale (a $90 value).
Mainprize’s links-style golf course, designed by prolific course architect John F. Robinson, encompasses 18 holes augmented by lush fairways and meandering shorelines. Carts ferry players of all skill levels to one of four different tee boxes, where clubs send golf balls or repurposed snow globes flying over prairie-wool-covered valleys or plunging into the Rafferty Dam's dark depths. Afterward, golfers can relax in Mainprize's renovated lounge, replenish fuel reserves at the barbecue facility, or compose odes to individual leaves of grass at the practice putting green.
Nestled on an oil patch amidst the pump jacks that populate the region’s grain fields and grasslands, Mainprize Golf treats golfers to a links-style course that complements the rest of the park’s recreational activities. Though hilly terrain and high rough may rattle some players, the John F. Robinson design’s large greens, inviting fairways, and four sets of tees help to set minds at ease more efficiently than coating weary shoulders in warm, soothing paraffin wax. In true Scottish fashion, the site features few trees and close proximity to the northwest shoreline of the Rafferty Reservoir. Further complicating play are the numerous bunkers strewn about the course, trapping unlucky players until they’re able to blast their way out.
In addition to golf, Mainprize entertains visitors with three campgrounds and fishing and boating on the Rafferty Reservoir. After a long day on the water or out on the course, Doc’s Grill stands ready to refuel guests with breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 6,958 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 80.1 from the back tees
- Course slope of 136 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole