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 $50, you get a swing analysis and 18 holes of golf at River Spirit Golf Club (up to a $127 value). Tee times become available for booking up to five days in advance.
River Spirit Golf Club, host to Canadian Junior Golf Association tournaments and the 2007 CN Canadian Women's Tour, challenges players with three nine-hole courses sprawling across varied prairie terrain affording panoramic views of the Elbow Valley below. Before teeing off, players can prep for the greens with a helpful swing analysis (a $39 value), which uses a motion-sensitive camera and a fast-moving portrait artist to capture each golfer's club-swinging form. Golf Academy instructors then provide an assessment of each client's technique and offer tips for refining it. Armed with this instruction, golfers set out for an 18-hole round on two nine-hole courses (up to an $88 value). The original Spirit Nine lets players launch dimpled orbs down tree-lined fairways of prairie-valley turf, and the Millburn Nine presents an idyllic scene with a wandering creek, natural wetlands, and staff-wielding shepherdesses.
River Spirit Golf Club’s rates fluctuate throughout the day and week; plan ahead to make sure you’re redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.