Like child actors, golf balls are noticeably dimpled and demand to be driven all over. Acquiesce to the commands of spoiled sporting goods with today's Groupon: for $179, you get six group lessons from golf pro Scott Sackett at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale (a $900 value). Groupon customers will also be able to take advantage of a VIP rate of $29 per round at McCormick Ranch every day after 3 p.m.
Fairway veteran Scott Sackett sculpts masterful club jockeys via intensive group clinics that last one hour and cover a variety of crucial skills (a $150 value each). Under the sage guidance of Sackett—who has been featured in Golf magazine and is ranked as one of the sport's top 100 instructors—golfers can tame their wildest clubs and most disobedient projectiles, causing scores to drop and opponents to tickle their putters in disbelief. Instruction covers everything from basic tenets such as grip, posture, and alignment to macrotopics such as driving and putting. Pupils also soak up links wisdom covering pitching, chipping, and bunker play, allowing them to use their wedges for more than just chasing off mulligan-stealing squirrels.
McCormick Ranch's two recently renovated 7,000-yard courses provide magnificent venues on which par seekers can apply their newly acquired club-wielding talents. Today's deal includes VIP pricing of $29 per round after 3 p.m. each day through April 30, 2012, including cart rental. (For non-VIPs, $29/round pricing normally begins after 4 p.m., or after 2 p.m. during the summer.) Explore the immaculately groomed greenery of the club's 18-hole wonderlands, which have hosted such prestigious events as the Arizona Open Professional Golf Tournament. McCormick's sprawling digs boast verdant views, up to six sets of tees, ample practice facilities, and a pro shop for replacing balls lost to the water and tees lost to hungry golf bags. Groupon holders also receive a 10% discount on clubfittings and private lessons.