Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game where they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $39, you get an 18-hole golf outing for two with cart rental (up to a $96 value) and two buckets of balls for the driving range ($8 value) at Normandie Golf Club, the award-winning public course (up to a $104 total value). Visit the pro shop before or after a round and you’ll also receive 25% off your purchase.
Normandie Golf Club was built in 1901 according to the St. Andrews style, lending it a historic feel with unique routing and challenging, classic play. The par 71 course stretches across a bit more than 6,500 yards of hill-to-valley patterns. Elevated tees and greens on holes 7, 8, and 9 typify the Foulis layout, especially the par 5 right dogleg on hole 7 and the par 4 hedge maze on hole 13. Pinpoint accuracy is demanded by hole 12’s short downhill par 3, while the two-tiered green on the tame-looking 14th hole has deceived pro golfing legends such as Babe Didrikson and just plain legends such as Babe Ruth and Dizzy Dean, who both insisted on using bats instead of clubs. Unlike them, however, golfers can avoid distractions by zooming between holes on one of the course’s carts, and warm up on the driving range with a bucket of balls.
A golf outing is a great way to spend a day with a friend, enjoy the great outdoors, and strengthen arm muscles so that you can more easily stiff-arm coworkers during the morning stampede to the coffeemaker. Buff up with an afternoon of long drives and precision putts at Normandie Golf Club.
Normandie Golf Club's No. 18 and No. 10 holes were voted the best by the Riverfront Times in 2005 and 2006. Metromix named it one of St. Louis's best public golf courses in 2010, and GolfLinkers give it a four-star average:
- Created in 1901, it is the oldest public course west of the Mississippi River. Arguably, Normandie possesses at least four of the toughest public golf holes in the St. Louis metropolitan area. This is old fashioned, historical golf design at its best. – Joe Doyle, Metromix
- great value. course is an old but elegant lady. some holes much more difficult than they look. very nice staff and the others playing were very courteous. – flydon, GolfLink
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