A golf course is a scenic sanctuary where young blades of grass receive constant grooming and grizzled grains of sand can retire far away from merciless ocean waves. Explore a relaxing landscape with today's Groupon: for $20, you get nine holes of golf for two at Pottawatomie Golf Course in St. Charles (up to a $40 value).
Lauded by Golf World as the number-15 nine-hole course in America in 2010, Pottawatomie Golf Course's proximity to the Fox River demands strategic approach shots along tree-lined fairways and bunker barricades protecting unforgiving greens. Opened to the public in 1939, the par 35 course underwent renovation until 2006 to reflect its original layout, reshape its bunkers, and install native plantings and duck summer homes that give it status as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. One of the course's most compelling features is the curved peninsula that stretches into the Fox River, forcing golfers to launch soaring shots over the river's sparkling waters toward greens on four of the holes. Though not included in this deal, empty hands find fulfillment from the pro shop's selection of rental clubs ($10) and motorized carts ($8).
Pottawatomie Golf Course
Breezes drift east off the Fox River and through the tree lines of Pottawatomie Golf Course, a spectacular layout recognized by Golf World as the No. 15 nine-hole course in America in 2010. The course traces its roots back to 1939, when legendary course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. capitalized on the area's natural splendor to design a course that originally charged golfers a quarter to play and was best conquered by clubs made from stale baguettes.
Recently, the par 35 course has been the subject of a vigorous renovation, including efforts to reshape greens and preserve native habitats for the deer, foxes, and egrets that populate the grounds. These conservation efforts were rewarded in 1997, when Pottawatomie Golf Course became the first nine-hole course recognized as a fully certified sanctuary by Audubon International.
The course's picturesque conditions are on full display at the par-four third hole, where a curving fairway vanishes into the river and golfers must launch approach shots onto a water-surrounded green. After a day of fore-hollering fun, golfers can peruse the pro shop for the latest gear and clubs to replace irons that ran away to chase dreams of one day growing into a cell-phone tower.
Course at a Glance:
- Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.
- Nine-hole, par 35 course
- Length of 3,007 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 34.9 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 122 from the farthest tees
- Bent-grass greens, blue-grass fairways