Before golf was invented, grassy pastures were viewed as the exclusive territory of roaming sheep, herds of cattle, and overzealous Civil War reenactors. Celebrate turf's competitive utility with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two nine-hole rounds of golf, two buckets of balls, two hamburgers, and two sodas (a $45 value) at Sun Valley Golf Club in La Mesa.
The family-owned-and-operated golf course features nine holes of lush green grounds. Sun Valley Golf Club's luxurious links feature quick changes in elevation, enabling golfers to step up distance control and overcome irrational fears of hills. With two rounds on the course (a $20 value), club swingers can spend the first round learning the course and the second round mastering it. Practice blasting balls into the stratosphere with two birdie-sized buckets of balls (a $10 value), each containing 70 dimpled spheres. Unlike mini-golf courses that hide snacks behind windmills, Sun Valley Golf Club’s full-service deli quenches cravings every time, and Groupon-holders can fill their stomach cups with two hamburgers (a $12 value) and two sodas (a $3 value).
Sun Valley Golf Course
The family-owned Sun Valley Golf Course cultivates a welcoming atmosphere that sets nerves at ease so that youngsters and beginners can make a stress-free foray into the lifelong game. The par 27 excursion politely omits any tee shot longer than 145 yards, eliminating the trepidation felt on long tee shots over water or asteroid craters at larger venues. Nevertheless, small greens and quick changes in elevation keep even more experienced players on their toes and help them to hone short-game technique. The course's short layout ensures that players average less than 90 minutes for a nine-hole round, leaving plenty of time in the day to polish lucky golf balls.
Its simple course layout makes Sun Valley Golf Course a natural place for young club cadets to take up the game. Junior golf programs led by instructor Mike Cortes help kids to develop proper form at an early age through camps, clinics, and classes.
Course at a Glance:
- 9-hole, par 27 course
- Total length of 1,057 yards from the back tees
- Two sets of tees per hole