Golf is popular among U.S. presidents because it allows them to speak softly, carry a big stick, and drive themselves around in a bulletproof armored golf cart dubbed Green Force One. Try your hand at a presidential sport with today's Groupon: for $175, you get one night's stay in a classic room for two (up to a $190 value) and one round of golf for two, including a cart (up to a $160 value), with the Play Away package at the The Homestead, located in Hot Springs. Guests will be responsible for applicable taxes and a 15% daily resort charge. See below for dates with additional premiums as well as blackout dates.
Ranked 12th in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Family Hotels and Cruises, The Homestead has been pampering guests—including 22 U.S. presidents—with an assortment of leisurely activities since its pre-Revolutionary War construction in 1766. This Groupon includes one night of well-appointed slumber for up to two guests in one of the historic resort's luxurious classic rooms, featuring down pillows, featherbeds, and midnight golf tips from the ghosts of former boarders. The sun porches and authentic fireplaces in some rooms reflect influences of quieter times, whereas WiFi and flat-screen TVs keep guests technologically apprised of happenings in the outside world. Honk your golf cart's horn in triumph after launching a dimply ball off the nation's oldest first tee in continuous use at the Old Course (an extra round of golf may be purchased for $35). The hilly, par 72 course was originally completed in 1892 but has received fairway contouring and silicone calf implants to keep golfers on their toes. Patrons allergic to grass or 9 irons can partake in a slew of indoor excursions, such as complimentary afternoon tea in the Great Hall, free film showings in the historic theater, and spirited rounds of sphere hurling at the on-site bowling center.
Nestled in the scenic Allegheny Mountains, The Homestead harnesses more than 3,000 acres of outdoor activities, including horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and swimming. Nosh options range from casual lunch spots to fine dining on classically inspired French cuisine. Guests can also follow in the water wings of the nation's third president at the Jefferson Pools by cleansing their bodies with dips in the hot springs' healing waters while wearing powdered wigs.
Days that will require an additional premium of $20–$30, depending on room type, are as follows: 6/3, 6/4, 6/10, 6/11, 6/12, 6/13, 6/14, 6/17, 6/18, and 6/19. Blackout dates are: 3/11, 3/12, 3/16, 3/17, 3/25, 3/26, 3/30, 3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4/13, 4/14, 4/15, 4/16, 4/29, 4/30, 5/14, 5/15, 5/16, 5/20, 5/21, 5/22, 5/23, 5/27, 5/28, and 5/29. 15% daily resort charge is not included with your Groupon, and covers wireless internet access, morning coffee, USA Today room delivery Mon.–Fri., afternoon tea, nightly movies, continuous property shuttles to all resort recreational activities, access to the fitness center, tennis courts, and gratuities for housekeeping staff.