Forced to cut its cultural budget or face a total loss of its nation's heritage, Scottish Parliament settled on miniaturizing golf—a fortunate last-minute substitute for miniaturizing kilts. Celebrate the Scots' pared-down pastime with today's Groupon to Takaya Golf Centre. Choose between the following options:
- For $14, you get four buckets of driving-range balls (up to a $26 value) and mini golf for two people (up to a $10 value; up to a $36 total value).
- For $28, you get eight buckets of driving-range balls (up to a $52 value) and mini golf for four people (up to a $20 value; up to a $72 total value).
At Takaya Golf Centre, club sluggers hit balls across a 270-yard range and perfect putts on a mini-golf course amid peaceful surroundings. Floodlights illuminate the driving range at night, and each range bucket contains 75 balls, so humans, owls, and raccoons can spend ample time honing their drives. Athletes tee up at 58 covered stalls and 20 uncovered stalls, whack balls toward targets, and check the length of their drives with the range's yardage signs. Eighteen outdoor holes bespeckle the mini-golf course and challenge golfers' short game and their Jack Nicklaus action figures' long game.
Groups can take a break from sinking putts to venture over to Takaya's seasonal practice facilities, where players finesse chip shots at two practice greens and rescue golf balls from getting sunburned in a practice bunker. Athletes can also relax and refuel in a TV lounge with coffee and snack service (food and beverages not included in this Groupon). Children younger than 5 can tag along for mini golf and putt tiny spheres alongside their parents for free.
Though Takaya Golf Centre sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Takaya Golf Centre
Wooden beams form rows of V-shaped pillars that prop up the ceilings on both floors of Takaya Golf Centre's two-tiered driving range, creating a visually compelling, rustic design. Surrounded by a dense forest, the 270-yard range boasts 78 hitting stalls, 58 of which are covered to protect players from the elements and rival golfers who hire a stealthy buffalo stampede to record surveillance. Along with clearly marked yardage signs, the target field sports wide hoops at various distances to emulate greens. After the sun sets over the opposite end of the westward-facing range, Takaya Golf Centre activates its stadium-style lighting to keep practice sessions alive and illuminate woodland creatures' late-night board-game sessions.
Four teaching professionals preside over the centre's practice complex, where they help players smooth out swings in group or private lessons. Those looking for more leisurely activities can putt across the centre's mini-golf course, lounge with a cup of coffee in the TV lounge, or build an indoor fort with the pro shop's selection of hats, tees, towels, and golf balls.
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