Every golf course goes through a rebellious phase, sprouting water hazards, obnoxious sand traps, or an anchor tattoo on its back nine. Tame a wild course with today's Groupon: for $58, you get one 18-hole round of golf with a cart (up to an $89 value), two buckets of driving-range balls (a $5 value each), a boxed golfer's lunch (a $12 value), and entrance into a golfers' contest (a $5 value) at the PB Dye Golf Club in Ijamsville (up to a $116 total value).
At PB Dye Golf Club, golfers wallop, pitch, and putt through more than 7,000 yards of lush, forested greenery on a challenging course that was ranked as one of the best in the state in Golf Digest magazine. Push a dimpled projectile across some of Maryland's only Penn G-2 bent grass greens, which lie at the end of rolling fairways and are defended by bunkers as closely as a mother bear protects her vinyl collection. A flowing waterfall and pair of ponds flank the course's 9th and 18th holes and add aquatic scenery while threatening to capsize novice club-swingers' confidence. With five different tee distances on each hole, the course yields a par-72 rating for men, par-73 rating for women, and par-18 rating for habitual liars.
PB Dye's golfers' contest awards those who get a hole-in-one on the 2nd hole with a $1,000 check, and those whose balls land within a flagstick's length from the cup off the tee with a $20 gift certificate to the pro shop. A camera will record golfers as they lay flagsticks down to measure their ball's distance from the cup, validating that the shot is indeed worthy of the prize, or catching crooks trying to lengthen the flagstick with a taffy-puller. Fore-sayers can calibrate their swings before tee-time or cool off after a round of full-contact golf by clobbering spheres in the driving range.
PB Dye Golf Club's rates fluctuate throughout the week; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
PB Dye Golf Club
As the son of a couple famed for their course designs, P.B. Dye works hard to honor his heritage. To create PB Dye Golf Club, he spent 120 days on the grounds, working the bulldozer himself and instilling the fairways with the sweat and tears that has filled Dye water hazards for generations. Likewise, the course itself honors the attributes of the land on which it stands. Sharing its 6,724 yards from the back tees, the 18-hole course also acts as an Audobon International Cooperative sanctuary, serving as a safe haven for the D.C. area's abundant wildlife.
9526 Doctor Perry Rd.
Ijamsville, Maryland 21754