The dimples on a golf ball help it fly farther with greater accuracy, just as the dimples on a baby help it steal candy from gullible strangers. Find your adorably sporty sweet spots with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a nine-hole round at Crane's Bend (up to a $30 value), a nine-hole round at Legends Walk (up to a $25 value), four buckets of range balls (a $40 value), and a 15-minute swing analysis (a $20 value) at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee (up to a $115 value).
Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson opened Orange Lake Resort, a hodgepodge of villas, hydro-soaked attractions, and golf courses. During the 15-minute swing analysis at the McCord Academy, a seasoned instructor gives swingers tips to improve their swat. Warm up with four buckets of range balls before clambering atop a complimentary golf cart and hoping someone pushes you over to the nine-hole, par 30 Crane's Bend course.
Nineteen hundred yards of bermuda-laden fairways and TifEagle greens populate the course, which is enhanced by clusters of trees and a flora-festooned fountain lake. Each hole pays homage to a different type of winged thing, such as the osprey, bald eagle, and a cat wearing an angel costume. The nine-hole Legends Walk course, designed by Arnold Palmer, features five sets of tees on each hole, allowing golfers personalize the course to their skill level and letting groups of five practice for a synchronized swing tournament.
Orange Lake Resort
The scenic fairways, greens, and hazards of four golf courses blanket the grounds at Orange Lake Resort, drawing in golfers with layouts designed by some of the game's premier architects. Beyond the signature course designed by Arnold Palmer, the resort makes use of native pines, wetlands, and flowing water in a pair of nine-hole executive courses. Each of the courses also sells name-brand apparel, accessories, and equipment in their onsite pro shops. In addition, a full range of practice facilities—from lighted driving ranges to putting greens and chipping greens—lets golfers hone their skills before their big-stakes auditions for the Tin Cup sequel.
Elsewhere on the resort, visitors can relax in a 1,200-foot-long lazy river, tan on beaches surrounding an 80-acre lake, or explore the bars, restaurants, and shopping centers that populate four villages covering 1,450 acres of the Orlando tropics.