Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game in which they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon to Riverside Golf Course. Choose between two options:
- For $32, you get nine holes of golf for two on Friday–Sunday after 4 p.m. (a $64 value).
- For $43, you get 18 holes of golf for two on Monday–Thursday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (an $86 value).
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Riverside Golf Course challenges players with a tree-lined, par 71 course, which earned a score of 6.0 from ScoreGolf. The course layout integrates the nearby North Saskatchewan River, affords views of the city skyline above the dense tree coverage, and houses colourful wildlife, such as hand-painted chipmunks. Greens and fairways abound with tricks and obstacles, including deep sand bunkers and deceptively short fairways. Hole 8 tests players' control with sharp angles, and hole 11 presents a narrowing fairway and a pop quiz on Mandarin. Power-cart rental is available for an additional fee at the licensed clubhouse ($21 for nine holes, $33.50 for 18 holes).
Rundle Park Golf Course
Rundle Park Golf Course provides a classic par 3 executive course experience, but it also includes shots and situations that would even be challenging on a normal, full-sized course. Two holes extend well over 200 yards in length—long par 3s by any definition. Tree-lined fairways and greens guarded by bunkers test players throughout. These obstacles are tempered by some much shorter holes that play friendlier to beginners and shorter hitters, who can use the course as a opportunity for building confidence and overcoming a reflexive need to apologize to every divot.