A hole-in-one is often considered a lightning-strike event because the club-in-the-air celebration makes an irresistible target for white-hot Zeus daggers. Experience the highs and lows of golf with today's Groupon: for $52, you get one round of golf with a GPS-equipped cart and lunch at Pleasant Valley Golf Club (up to a $103 value) in Chantilly. For the normal post-4 p.m. Monday through Friday rate of $49, you'll be able to hit the links at a time of your choosing, which includes peak tee times on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays ($49–$98) and any time during the week ($49–$83); prices gradually decline as the day goes on. Today's deal excludes tee times on Fridays after 12 p.m. and weekend mornings before 10:30 a.m.
Pleasant Valley's secluded 18-hole, championship-caliber course was designed by respected course architect Tom Clark of Ault, Clark & Associates to challenge seasoned golf vets and lightly peppered linksters alike. Panoramic views of the scenic area reveal nothing but lush native grass, rolling hillocks, and pale blue skies—no houses, industrial structures, or adults wearing child-sized Halloween costumes pollute the course's serene greenery. For lunch, you'll receive a hot dog, a bag of chips, and a soda (a $5 value). Clubbers also are welcome to take advantage of Pleasant Valley's modern clubhouse and practice facilities.
To assuage fears of 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, Pleasant Valley equips each of its golf carts with Prolink GPS systems. Grab some directionally challenged golf buddies and enjoy driving an electric rickshaw that easily can be tracked by government agencies over the meticulously maintained greens. Call ahead to reserve your tee time.
- 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
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