Before golf was invented, grassy pastures were viewed as the exclusive territory of roaming sheep, herds of cattle, and overzealous Civil War re-enactors. Celebrate turf's utility with today's Groupon: for $17, you get 18 holes of golf with a shared cart rental (up to a $34 value) and a large bucket of range balls (a $5 value) at Red Wolf Golf Resort in Huffman (up to a $39 total value).
The emerald tranquility of Red Wolf Golf Resort's lakes reflects a sprawling par 72/73 course lined with dense woodlands. In 2010, the course and facilities underwent a renovation costing more than $1 million, leaving the revamped golf mecca—originally designed by Jay Riviere—a frolicking paradise of expansive, raised greens, open water, and shiny robotic caddies. Launch a bucket of balls or a diminutive space program off the driving range's grass and synthetic turf surfaces before hitting the links, or forge deadeye pin accuracy on the expansive putting green. Golfers can also stop off in the Restaurant at Red Wolf Golf Resort to grab a bite and a sip before delighting in the pro shop's beautifully designed bouquets of brand-name clubs.
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Originally sculpted into the soil in 1975, Red Wolf Golf Resort's 18-hole course masterfully integrates mature arbors and a multitude of pristine ponds into a difficult 7,058-yard layout. With water hazards in play on 16 holes, the course demands precise forced carries or at least six golf balls sacrificed to its cerulean waterways. True to the course's overall character, the 499-yard ninth—the course's hardest-rated hole and longest par 4—forces players to direct tee shots through a tight pipeline of towering trees before approaching a green nestled behind a vast pond and flanked by two treacherous bunkers. Clubbers can prepare for their birdie-hunting expedition with a stint at the onsite driving range, or they can makeover unsightly swings and blotchy 9-irons with lessons from director of instruction John Ankenbrandt, whose 25 years of golf experience includes substantial time under the tutelage of Masters champions Jackie Burke Jr. and Jimmy Demaret and legendary instructor David Leadbetter.
Stationed at the center of the resort's emerald acreage, a fully stocked pro shop slings golfletic merchandise from Titleist, Ping, FootJoy, Nike, and other top industry brands. Splendid views of the course fill the windows of the resort's onsite restaurant, which sates appetites with an array of savory grill fare.