Much like confronting a former bully at a high-school reunion, playing golf requires an efficient swing and at least three friends to cheer you on. Take a stand against a shank-producing stroke with today's Groupon: for $20, you get 18 holes of golf and cart rental at Rattle Run Golf Course in St. Clair. This deal is valid only on weekends after 11:30 a.m. (a $49 value)
A 72 par bluegrass course, Rattle Run spans thousands of yards of greenery to challenge amateur and expert golfers alike. Players can master putting prowess on the 6,000-square-foot practice green, free of windmills and concrete lily pads, before challenging a plaid-panted opponent to a round of 18 holes. The natural beauty of the fairways, lined with trees, rivers, wild vegetation, and ponds, lulls clubbers into a state of relaxed serenity, increasing susceptibility to ensnarement in one of 78 bunkers and water hazards. Customers also get the opportunity to navigate through the treacherous terrain aboard one of Rattle Run’s purebred canopied golf carts, easing the burden of carrying heavy bags.
The rustic confines of the clubhouse welcome guests to refuel after a long afternoon of outwitting sand traps, water hazards, and wind monsters. The large windows and wrap-around balcony open up to panoramic views of the course to enjoy while munching on classic American burgers, hot dogs, and salads.
Rattle Run Golf Course
Though the layout is welcoming to all golfers—from weekend warriors to players with scratch handicaps—danger is never far at Rattle Run Golf Course. Pine forests are an ever-present threat, lurking just outside the primary cut of rough, beyond most of the greens, and in flashbacks triggered by pine-scented air fresheners. Meanwhile, 78 bunkers and several water hazards enter the picture on 15 of the 18 holes, ensnaring many golfers who play more aggressively than skill and conditions permit. On the other hand, those golfers who can keep their golf balls on the short grass likely find these rugged natural features to be picturesque, and choose to admire their beauty over drinks on the clubhouse's wrap-around balcony.