Golf, like marriage, requires hard work, patience, and the courage to stare down an alligator on a daily basis. Confront amphibious predators with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get two rounds of 18-hole golf and a golf cart at Misty Creek Country Club in Sarasota (up to a $78 value).
Designed by golf-course architect Ted McAnlis, Misty Creek Country Club's emerald terrain traverses a 350-acre wildlife preserve of native wetlands, forests, and lakes. The par 72 course follows the natural topography of the preserve, rife with environmental obstacles such as bunkers, water hazards, and caddy-eating Venus flytraps. Holes also offer a variety of tactical challenges that require both careful putts and meticulously aimed drives. Players can hop into their golf cart to zoom from each ball borough to open plain, enjoying the cool breeze off the marsh as they ride. The course's wildlife preserve is home to more than 70 winged creatures, including a bald eagle that lays golf balls, deer, alligator, and wild boar. Golfers are respectfully asked to adhere to the course dress code.
Though Misty Creek Country Club sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.