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 The Georgia Trail at Sugarloaf in Duluth. Choose between two options:
- For $45, you get 18 holes of golf for two, a small basket of balls, and a cart rental (up to a $96.50 value).
- For $10, you get a round of putt-putt golf for up to six people (up to a $30 value).
The Georgia Trail prides itself on providing a family-friendly environment that eschews the exclusivity of an executive golf club in an atmosphere that welcomes experts and novices alike. Perfect for a date with a competitive love interest or a roommate duel to decide who has to empty the bacon grease urn, the ball-drubbing takes place on The Georgia Trail's 9-hole course, which comprises four par 4s and five par 3s. The course is situated around a 2.5-acre lake and is dotted with aquatic obstacles such as streams and ponds, combining aesthetics and hazard as seamlessly as a live wolverine top hat.
Those looking for a lighter challenge can avail themselves of the par 42 putt-putt course, The Champion's Trail. The course is a scale replica of a 7,410-yard championship course and features all the trappings of a real course in miniature, including sand bunkers, fairways, and rough, making it an ideal place to seal tiny business deals with miniature moguls.
The Georgia Trail
A golf getaway for clubbers of all abilities, The Georgia Trail encompasses a nine-hole executive course, an outdoor miniature-golf course, practice facilities, and a full-service dining area. The executive course traverses 2,254 yards of diverse terrain, where five par 3s beckon to players seeking their first hole-in-one, and four par 4s—including one that measures a relatively lengthy 436 yards—ensure that drivers' self-esteem won't deflate from a day of inactivity. A 2.5-acre lake and multiple streams and ponds loom near critical landing zones on all but three holes, placing a premium on pinpoint drives or 9-irons that double as snorkels. Alongside the course rests a 25-station, all-grass driving range, where players can hone their orb-blasting form before a round.
The Champions Trail putting course challenges players across a par 42 layout that emulates a full 18-hole course with hazards that include bunkers, fairways, rough, and out-of-bounds areas. Putt-putt posses roll orbs across lush synthetic grass, which deftly stands in for natural grass as its kempt hedges beckon to lonely lawn mowers. After a long day of driving, putting, and kicking balls across the multifaceted facility, guests can retreat to Augusta's Restaurant and look out over their conquered terrain as they enjoy entrees and drinks from the full-service bar.