Before the invention of golf carts, intrepid players had to tether their kilts to the golf ball, relying on the hit ball's trajectory and velocity to carry them from hole to hole. Keep your golf game well grounded with today's Groupon: for $20, you get 18 holes of golf, plus a golf cart and a small bucket of range balls, at Orchard Hills Golf Course (a total value of up to $42, depending on tee time). The lush, rustic course resides in Shelbyville, about 30 miles south of Grand Rapids.
Orchard Hills challenges seasoned swingers and golf greenhorns alike with 27 diverse holes (one 18-hole course and one nine-hole course) spanning meticulously manicured fairways. During 18 holes of golf (up to a $37 value, depending on the day and time), tee-offers will traverse the picturesque course's tree-lined greens and scenic bodies of water hazard, honing swinging skills while summoning the spirit of Bob Ross. During play, masterfully avoid stepping on cracks that break mothers' backs by rolling over them (mothers, that is) in the included golf cart. Guests can also work out hodophobic tendencies on the driving range with a small bucket of range balls ($5).
Although not included in your Groupon, round up your buddies after your 18-hole roundabout and take advantage of the links' pro shop and deck-lined banquet center, serving up tasty bites and refreshments, to make a tea party out of tee time. Solidify buddyships by purchasing additional Groupons to give as gifts, either to your favorite nephew, who learned to play golf on his Wii, or to your favorite grandpa, who learned golf the old-fashioned way—on Game Boy. Call ahead to reserve your tee time.
Orchard Hills Golf Course
As the sun rises each morning, the smell of dew summons golfers to Orchard Hills Golf Course, a scenic, 27-hole complex with one 18-hole course and a separate, 9-hole track. Cleaved through 6,026 yards of tree-lined terrain, the 18-hole monolith requires precise play and whispered Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes to conquer its topographical challenges. The par 72 layout showcases multiple memorable shots, including forced carries onto water-protected greens on both the second and fourth holes.
Slightly shorter than the other two nines, the East course blankets the countryside with a straightforward layout that begins with a tricky, 425-yard right dogleg. A staff of golf pros presides over Orchard Hills’ pro shop, where guests can upgrade their equipment, schedule a lesson to hone swings, or learn to read greens written in their doctor’s handwriting.
18-Hole Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Length of 6,026 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 68.0 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 116 from the farthest tees
- Three tee options
714 125th Ave.
Shelbyville, Michigan 49344Get Directions