Though golf's origins trace back to the meadows of Scotland, few players maintain the original method of launching one's ball from a self-destructing bagpipe. Practice more accurate propulsion techniques with today's Groupon: for $45, you get two 18-hole games and a golf-cart rental for two at Sand Hills Golf Resort in Thedford (a $94.92 value, including HST).
Sand Hills charts a rolling course playable by ball sluggers of all parbilities. Modest fairway lengths help novice golfers thrive on this verdant green, and more experienced club swingers are challenged with artfully escaping water hazards, bunkers, and feral flagsticks. Subtle landscape undulations on Sand Hills’ two-tiered greens make mulligans moot, and seven interconnected ponds add both difficulty and natural beauty to game play. Hasten interhole travel times in a two-person cart that doubles as a holder for jars of lucky bunker sand. For an additional cost, bogey thwarters can warm up wedges with a bucket of balls on the grounds’ practice facility, which includes a driving range, putting and chipping greens, and a practice bunker ($5 small, $7 large). After a day on the links, players can retire to the sprawling Old West–saloon-style clubhouse for discussion of the latest trends in argyle cowboy hats.
Sand Hills Golf Resort
Sand Hills Golf Resort's 18-hole course rises and falls over 5,536 yards of undulating terrain. Though modest in length, the course tempers aggressive play with seven interconnected ponds that balls must avoid or perform a splash-free dive that will earn them their freedom. After each drive and approach, golfers must contend with Sand Hills' deceptive greens, where undulations yield very few straightforward gimmes.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 71 course
- Length of 5,536 yards from the farthest tees
- Three tee options
- Link to scorecard
9767 Port Franks Rd.
Thedford, Ontario N0M 2N0Get Directions