Golfers expect silence from their audience, affording them a heightened level of concentration and a quiet setting to perfect cricket-chirping calls. Practice pursed-lip etiquette with today's Groupon: for $35, you get 18 holes of golf for two with cart rental and two buckets of range balls at St. Andrews Country Club in Winston (up to a $92 value).
With 400 acres of lush, sylvan-lined links, St. Andrews Country Club welcomes par seekers to its sprawling athletic haven, complete with spacious practice facilities. Swingers of all skill levels choose from five tee boxes at the start of each hole to take on the topographically turvy chain of straightaways and hazards that make up the par 72 course. Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens form the emerald foundation of each hole under the diligent watch of a course superintendent well versed in dandelion-intimidation tactics.
Before strapping into carts for traditional preround donuts in the parking lot, golfers can hone their strokes with two buckets of balls on the St. Andrews driving range (a $14 value). Players hammer out slices and hooks on the two-tiered practice fairway or sharpen their short-distance skills in facsimile sand traps and putting greens.
St. Andrews Country Club
The 18-hole course at St. Andrews Country Club drapes over 400 acres of countryside, demanding precise ball placement and keen focus as players navigate its two distinct sides. Course superintendent Heath Hammond keeps a meticulous watch over the conditions of the bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens, ensuring they stay not only pleasing to the eye but also lush enough for comfortable celebratory somersaults. Players choose from five separate sets of tees to start their round, rendering the course as long as 6,629 yards from the back tees but enjoyable for golfers of all ability levels. On the front nine, players must exhibit precise control over shots as they wind through the course's residential portion. The game relaxes on the back nine as it winds through open spaces dotted with handsome trees and allows players to unleash power. Before a round or during practice sessions, golfers can hone their strokes on St. Andrews' two-tiered driving range. A chipping green, a sand trap, and a bentgrass putting green round out the practice area's offerings, allowing players to re-create actual course conditions.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par-72 course
- Total length of 6,629 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 71.7 from the back tees
- Course slope of 135 from the back tees
- Five sets of tees per hole