Like suntans and the ability to throw knives at apples on top of totem poles, golf skills disappear if you don't keep working at them. Keep the magic alive with today's Groupon: for $40, you get two rounds of golf, plus golf cart rental for two, two buckets of range balls, and fountain drinks for two at River Creek Golf Course in Ahwahnee (up to an $80 value). Set against the pristine natural backdrop of Yosemite National Park, River Creek offers fairway fanatics a championship-caliber course nestled in the forested majesty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mount your electric leisure pony to explore River Creek's nine-hole course, which flanks 3,152 yards of nature's verdant green linoleum with challenging slopes and lifeguard-free sand traps. Feel free to hone your dimpled-sphere-smacking skills with a bucket (roughly 35 balls) at their driving range, sip a miniature bucket of postcompetition drink, or update your bucket list.
River Creek Golf Course
The nine holes of River Creek Golf Course are spread across the same granite-streaked foothills occupied by Yosemite National Park, which lies just 30 miles to the northwest. Snowcapped Sierra peaks hover above the trees as golfers contend with a John Hilborn–designed layout that welcomes golfers into its embrace with a 542-yard dogleg first hole, the longest on the course. Once players have holed out on the birdie-prone 349-yard ninth, they can head to the clubhouse, checking clubs at the door and instructing golf carts to sit and stay. Inside, the café and bar menu slakes hunger with lunch options, such as hamburgers, caesar wraps, and quesadillas, as well as beverages, including fountain drinks and premium beer.
Course at a Glance:
- Nine-hole, par-36 course
- Total length of 3,152 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 68 from the back tees
- Course slope of 128 from the back tees
- Fives sets of tees per hole