Since great aunts cannot resist pinching dimpled cheeks, the overwhelming number of dimples on a golf ball should confuse their grabby hands—defeating them once and for all. Drive dimpled dandies back into their holes with today's deal: for $28, you get 18 holes of golf, cart rental, a small bucket of range balls, and $10 toward food and drinks at Peoria Pines Golf & Restaurant in Peoria (up to a $56 value).
Peoria Pines's 18-hole, 4,412-yard golf course challenges every aspect of a golfer's game, with 527- and 510-yard par 5s requiring distance off the tee and 11 par 3s needing laser-like precision. The course plays at a swift rate—three hours is the maximum amount of play time—ensuring golfers won't waste shots trying to hit low-flying planes and will have plenty of time to watch Titanic after the round. The small bucket of balls, chipping green, and two putting areas allow swingers warm-up and practice opportunities.
Hit one into your stomach-hole at the Peoria Pines's Albatross Grill, located at the 19th hole. The chicken-tender basket comes dressed in plain and buffalo varietals ($5.99), and the fish tacos coddle cod filets, lettuce, tomatoes, and lime aioli in warm tortilla blankets ($6.99). The Albatross is replete with seven TVs, a sunny interior, and an outdoor patio for watching people attempt to use jet packs.
Peoria Pines Golf and Restaurant
Described by Peoria Pines’ golf pros as a “power executive” course, Peoria Pines’ 18-hole course presents a scaled-down, 4,412-yard, par 63 layout. The truncated course challenges golfers’ iron play with eleven par 3s and five par 4s, while two lengthy par 5s—which measure 510 and 527 yards—give players an excuse to send golf balls flying with their driver or covert water-balloon launchers. The player-friendly course rests alongside a practice facility with a grass-tee driving range and areas for chipping, putting, and bunker shots.
Views of the course abound from The Palm Room, where executive chef Matt D’Arnese crafts a menu of gourmet pasta, chicken, beef, and fish. The restaurant provides a post-round respite for golfers to unwind with a drink from the full-service bar or a chance to assess white tablecloths’ utility as a putting surface.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 63 layout
- Length of 4,412 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 61.1 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 100 from the farthest tees
- Three tee options