Like suntans and long-distance relationships, golf skills disappear if you don't keep working at them. Keep the magic alive with today's deal: for $36, you get 18 holes of golf with a cart (up to a $74 total value) at the Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, located in Cottage Grove, just 10 miles southeast of St. Paul. This Groupon lets you tee off at the public course anytime on weekdays, or anytime after 2 p.m. on weekends or holidays.
Mississippi Dunes Golf Links' lush landscape and sophisticated design span 3,000 feet of rolling Mississippi shoreline with a scenic 18-hole course. Use your golf cart to effortlessly coast from hole to hole, dodging the hot summer rays and riding side by side with friends like a band of roller-skating ponies. Purchase up to four Groupons to see the sites as they change throughout the 2010 season, or treat three of your closest buddies to a relaxing roundabout after a long week of stressful square-dancing at work. Tucked away from the busy city bustle, this friendly, public course treats players of all skill and experience levels to an easygoing escape from workaday worries and near-constant tortoise attacks.
This golfing arcadia sets the stage for an exciting game that’ll make you feel as if you’re in the Scottish highlands, sans haggis and sword-wielding immortals. Enjoy the verdant beauty of elevated greens, meticulously manicured bent-grass fairways, an abundance of natural prairie wildlife, as well as a team of trees that dish out fresh oxygen like they were getting paid overtime. Call ahead or go online to schedule your tee time.
Mississippi Dunes Golf Links
Mississippi Dunes Golf Links' sophisticated, 18-hole layout blankets 3,000 feet of rolling Mississippi River shoreline with manicured, bent-grass fairways and an inventive, tree-lined design. As golfers cruise over the course atop a cart or a caddy training to be an Olympic power squatter, majestic views of the river appear through groves of trees that shelter native prairie creatures. On their odyssey from tee boxes to speedy, contoured greens, golf balls must split fairways to avoid sidelines riddled with mounds, pot bunkers, and knee-high grasses—a trinity of hazards that imbue the course with a Scottish, links-style vibe. A memorable tee shot awaits at the 399-yard, par-4 fifth hole—the course's most difficult, nicknamed "Humpback" for the large mound in the middle of the fairway as well as its voracious appetite for krill—where golfers must draw or fade drives around a dogleg left.
After hacking their way across the breeze-swept links, guests can unwind at Doc's Landing Pub, where a menu of traditional grill fare, fish, and pizza sates tour-worthy appetites. Patrons can look out on the river on the Pub's patio, catch up on the day's sporting events in the glow of a flat-panel TV, or discuss how greenskeepers maintain the immaculate felt that covers the billiards table.