What You'll Get
With miniature golf in a messy lawsuit with the windmill industry and giant golf causing property damage with its medicine balls launched by trebuchets, links lovers are returning in droves to the oft-forgotten sport of novelty-free golf. Tee off traditionally with today's Groupon: for $19, you get 18 holes of golf, a cart rental, and a small bucket of driving-range balls at River Wilds Golf Club (up to a $43 value), located in Blair.
Featuring 6,453 yards of impeccably manicured landscape, River Wilds is a par 71 golf course that demands excellent club-wielding skills in order to conquer its rolling fairways, emerald greens, and scorecard-smashing roughage. Prepare for your 18 holes of golf (up to $23, depending on time and day) by taking to the driving range with a small bucket of range balls ($5), where you can practice proper putts and post-shot struts from natural-turf tee stations. After whacking and waddling at the range and its greens, players can load into a golf cart (up to $15) to effortlessly navigate the slice-ridden and hack-haunted terrain.
After going the distance, check out River Wilds' clubhouse and pro shop and enjoy snacks from the indoor or outdoor seating while Grandma mocks you for your poor showing in the previous match. PGA-certified golf instruction is also available. Call ahead to schedule a tee time.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 2, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 more as gift. Limit 1 per visit. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About River Wilds Golf Club
Until the mid '90s, a ball hit at River Wilds Golf Club could travel thousands of yards—that is, if it happened to fall into a cockpit at the adjacent Blair Airport. But then the airport moved away, and the course, originally opened in 1944 as a private club, expanded from 9 to 18 holes and became public. The tarmac hazards are no longer there, but the course still challenges players with trees, bunkers, and a meandering creek. The par 72 championship course spreads to a full length of 6,562 yards from the back tees, with an additional two sets to accommodate all skill levels.
To ready themselves for this challenge, players can practice on a range with an 80-yard tee line, the longest in both Nebraska and Iowa. The natural grass tee boxes are rotated daily to keep the sod fresh and prevent emotional attachment with any particular divot.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 6,562 yards from the back tees
- Three sets of tees per hole