Like a sidekick trapped in an hourglass, a game of golf can be ruined by spending too much time in sand. Avoid sending shots to a dusty fate with today’s Groupon to The Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Choose between the following options:
• For $30, you get a round of golf and a cart (up to a $60 value).
• For $100, you get a round of golf and two carts for four golfers (up to a $240 value).
Carved from the resplendent foothills of Mount Monadnock, The Shattuck Golf Club’s course presents a picturesque challenge for ball pingers from across the spectrum of skills. Oak, birch, and pine trees gather in sylvan clutches around the par 71 chain, whose yardage ranges between 4,632 and 6,764, depending on the tees used and the golfers’ sense of direction. Natural wetlands suffuse the terrain, allowing club swingers to glimpse fox, deer, and heron along their cart-borne journeys. To balance its steeper-than-average slopes, The Shattuck clearly marks the location of forward and middle tees for the benefit of novices, though pro drivers can always swing from the highest-difficulty black tees, whose dark magic is responsible for 90% of lost balls. Appetites sharpened by highly focused putting can nosh and drink at the Mountain View Grille, and the course pro shop peddles an array of attire and gear to provide an extra edge on the greens.
The Shattuck Golf Club's rates fluctuate throughout the week; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time. The club's fall rates begin September 23.
Sterling Golf Management
With eight distinct courses etched into the New England countryside, Sterling Golf Management promotes pin-hunting recreation for Boston-area golfers of all abilities. The longest and most difficult of the eight, The Shattuck Golf Club's 18-hole course kicks off with a 409-yard par 4 where players hack their way toward a green that is visually wreathed by the rising red rocks of Mount Monadnock, setting the tone for a scenic, 6,764-yard round. Groves of trees ensconce the fairways and barter over carbon dioxide at Norwood Country Club's recently renovated course, a relatively flat layout characterized by smallish greens and flanked by a lighted driving range. The newest members to the Sterling Golf Management team is the Winchendon Golf Club, which originally opened in 1926, was designed by Donald Ross and features 18 holes, and the Unicorn Golf Course, originally designed by Stiles and Van Cleek as a private course in 1928, features a nine-hole course. Lying between tall oaks for a picturesque par-54 round is the Rockland 18 par-3 holes course. Designed in 1921 in the Donald Ross tradition is the Maynard Golf Course, a picturesque par 70, 9-hole course with a full-service clubhouse. The same sylvan makeup returns at Newton Commonwealth's course, where lush tree lines cast shadows over a creek as it snakes across the fairways of seven holes. Rounding out the grassy octuplet, Chelmsford's nine-hole course takes golfers careening across 2,467 yards of narrow fairways, placing straight drives or skilled golf ball pilots at a premium.