Though the Scottish shepherds who invented golf liked it for its challenges, Scottish sheep liked it because it gave them ample time to nap in shepherds’ pickup trucks. Find your own reason to enjoy golf with today's Groupon: for $45, you get 18 holes of golf for two with cart rental at Ravenwood Country Club in Hermitage (up to a $90 value).
Ravenwood Country Club's par 72, 214-acre golf course offers scenic vistas of the verdant Stones River with elevation changes that demand precise club and shot selections. Originally constructed in the 1960s, the front nine is fairly open, with forgiving fairways and rounded greens. More dramatic elevation variations further challenge duffers on the back nine, where water hazards threaten to kidnap errant balls on seven holes. Players can hop into the included golf cart to travel between fairways, picking up hitchhiking caddies along the way. A driving range and putting green fine-tune guests' swings before or after the round. Golfers can use the club's online tee-time booking system to reserve their desired time slot and ensure they're not eclipsed by early-rising alarm clocks.
Ravenwood Country Club
Sporting two distinct nine-hole layouts built more than 20 years apart, Ravenwood Country Club's 18-hole golf course boasts 6,264 yards of splendid fairways running alongside the stately grounds' cerulean ponds and misting fountains. The lengthier of the two, the front nine eases rusty swings and slow-to-wake irons into the round with a relatively open, gently undulating layout before clubbers must contend with the dramatic elevation changes, larger greens, and omnipresent water hazards that await in the course's second act. Before duffers return through the majestic double doors of the clubhouse, they must traverse the climactic 18th hole, a 385-yard par 4 with a stream stationed squarely in the landing zone of aggressive drives and local spacecraft.
Along with its picturesque par 72, Ravenwood Country Club encompasses a recently refurbished outdoor swimming pool and eight tennis courts flanked by covered spectator areas. Guests weary from days looping the course, lapping the pool, or combing the tennis courts for edible neon fuzz can retire to the club's dining facilities, which host everything from quiet dinner dates to lavish events and celebrations.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Length of 6,264 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 71.0 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees
- Four tee options
- Link to scorecard