Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game where 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: for $25, you get $50 worth of range balls at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain. The winter months can be long and fruitless for avid northeastern golfers, but Stanley Golf Course offers a covered driving range with heat and lights, effectively silencing that sass-mouthed Old Man Winter. Polish rusty game gears on the driving range with a small bucket for a quick short-game session ($5 for 30 balls), or harden up existing calluses with a large bucket ($10 for 90 balls). The $50 range card is redeemable over multiple outings, and the driving range is open seven days per week.
This year, the Connecticut PGA awarded Stanley Golf Course the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award.