When lining up a putt, veteran golfers always factor in the distance to the hole, slope of the green, and indentations made by Oprah's high heels. Hone in on green-carpet details with today's Groupon: for $80 you get a one-year family membership to the 18-hole, par 3 putting course at River City Links (a $160 value) on Herbert Street.
River City Links' 18-hole putting course is a straightforward, all-natural-grass terrain sprawled across meticulously manicured foliage on the Maumee River. A one-year membership includes unlimited trips for all family members, as well as half-price rounds for up to two guests. Regular course admission for adults is $8 for 18 holes and $12 for all-day golfing. The smooth, verdant greens tailor the golfsperience specifically to putting skills, and leafy trees and dapper bridges entice the eyes and inspire imaginings about renegade windmills that can only be stopped by a golf ball that soars between the windmill's blades and lodges in its air intake pipe. Once you're finished sinking putts deep into the Earth's core, retreat to the clubhouse's wrap-around deck to gaze at the babbling and gurgling Maumee River.
River City Links opens for the 2011 season on April 1.
River City Links Golf Course
The flowing waters of the Maumee River gird the northernmost fairways of River City Links' 18-hole putting course, inviting misaimed golf balls to plop alongside the aquatic artery’s cargo ships floating to Lake Erie. The waterway nestles alongside the course without cutting through it, enabling the course to maintain its straightforward layout. This, in turn, lets golfers focus on the fundamentals of their game without the distraction of elaborate hazards such as lava pits and ball-eating goats. After a relaxing day on the course, players can lounge on the clubhouse’s white wraparound deck and look out over the river, listening to the breeze that whispers through the weeping willows.