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Golf with friends is the best kind of bonding. There’s nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining the well-groomed fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres mulligans. The satisfaction of a well-played hole is amplified by the sadistic enjoyment you get from your partner’s three-shot spectacle in the woodsy rough. Today’s Groupon gets you one round of golf with a GPS-equipped cart at Pleasant Valley Golf Club for just $49. Though $49 will normally get you a weekday round after 4 p.m., today’s deal lets you play almost whenever you want, including peak morning and weekend tee times, which can cost as much as $98.
Located in Chantilly, Virginia (25 miles from DC and 18 from Arlington), Pleasant Valley’s 18-hole, championship-caliber course was designed by respected course architect Tom Clark of Ault, Clark & Associates to challenge seasoned golf-vets and utilize this secluded spot. Look around and see nothing but lush grass and pale blue skies—no houses, industrial structures, or adults wearing child-sized Halloween costumes pollute the course’s serene greenery. Also take advantage of PV’s modern clubhouse, fully stocked Pro Shop, and practice facilities.
If you’re someone who fears getting lost on a golf course for several weeks with only a small jar of homemade peanut butter and a copy of Rodney Dangerfield’s autobiography, fear no more. Pleasant Valley’s golf carts come equipped with Prolink GPS systems. Grab your directionally challenged golf buddies and enjoy driving a golf cart that can easily be tracked by government agencies over the perfectly maintained holes at Pleasant Valley.
Golf Digest rated Pleasant Valley Golf Club four and a half stars among the Best Places to Play, and The Washington Post called Pleasant Valley “a noticeable cut above; worth seeking out.” Players love the course’s seclusion and challenges, and GolfLink users rate Pleasant Valley four stars: > * Tom Clark certainly took advantage of the opportunity to spin a web of variety…there’s a lot of variance to challenge golfers of all abilities. Clark mixed in some bunker-less holes to contrast some links with huge bunkers. Some beastly long holes (a 596 yard par five and a 479 yard par four) and some short (a 329 yard par four and a 152 yard par three) ones. Some holes where water’s very much in play, and others where you could roll the ball the entire length to the green. Add in trees and wetlands and you have a pretty complete golf course. – GolftheMidAtlantic.com > * This course is fairly wide open, so good golfers with length should play the tips. If there is no wind, it’s easy. If it’s windy, it’s a fantastic challenge. The course is typically in good shape. It would be hard not to like this course. – Maca, GolfLink > * Great course, worth the time to play! Maintened [sic] great! Great Job to the staff! – S4golf, GolfLink > * Fantastic layout that is well-maintained. This is exactly why this course can become packed on mornings and weekends. – rnewton, GolfLink
Golf Terms You Need to Know
Golf can be a lot of fun, but it can also be intimidating to beginning linksters. Here’s Groupon’s guide to the golf terms you’ll need to know before you hit the course:
- Fairway: The area of the course that is covered in horseflies
- Hole-in-One: When only one swing convinces your father to admit his mistakes
- Eagle: A bird commonly eaten on golf courses
- Birdie: A guitar solo played underwater
Pleasant Valley Golf Club
Course designer Tom Clark of Ault, Clark & Associates earned Pleasant Valley Golf Club a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest, whose editors applauded the architect’s creativity in the site’s rolling hills and dense hardwood forest. Clark’s 18-hole brainchild allows players to tee up from one of four tee boxes and test their mettle against the par 72 course, taking care to avoid the water in play on six holes and the grassy meadows that lie outside the fairway borders. Players can bookend their round with a warm-up session on the range and a cooldown at the grill, helped along by a club sandwich, a Gatorade, or a glass of ice water dumped on an overused foot wedge.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 6,915 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 73.5 from the back tees
- Course slope of 137 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole