Playing a round of golf is a contest between man and nature, much like betting a tree it can't drink a gallon of milk. Pit yourself against the elements with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $11 for 9 holes of softgolf for two ($27 value)
- $20 for 9 holes of softgolf for four ($54 value)
Two or four guests play golf course outfitted with with glow-in-the-dark solar-powered course, balls, flags, and holes. The game replaces hard balls with foam ones, and clubs and ball rentals are included with both options. A variety of club sizes are available, including ones that can accommodate kids 3' or taller.
Ray Baldorossi, Jr. helped to create Softgolf by accident. As a child, he sent a miniature basketball soaring in his backyard with the help of a golf club. His father, an aerospace design engineer, took note of its trajectory and set about inventing a soft ball with holes that, as described by Tom Jackson of The Tampa Tribune, "plays remarkably like its more familiar cousin." After running the first Softgolf in southern New Jersey until the late 1980s, the family retired the business—until Baldorossi, Jr. re-established it in Tampa, this time with a twist. Instead of illuminating the course with a blend of traditional lights and the winks of fireflies, he lights the Softgolf balls from within thanks to phosphorescent materials. He also dots flags, holes, and tee boxes with solar-powered batteries and LED lights. The result: a whimsical, family-friendly game that whisks the orbs up to a distance of 70 yards along a sprawling fairway—the same number of yards owned by most 18th century robber barons.