Like suntans and the ability to throw knives at apples on top of totem poles, golf skills disappear if you don't keep working at them. Keep the magic alive with today's Groupon: for $19, you get nine holes of golf, a pull-cart rental, and a range card with $35 of credit (up to a $51 total value) at The Lakes at El Segundo Golf Course.
The Lakes at El Segundo is a municipal course and driving range owned by the city of El Segundo, challenging 3-wood thrashers to hone their skills on its nine-hole, par 29, rye- and bent-grass golf sanctuary. Dodge bunkers and transcend water hazardry across 1,327 yards of meticulously-groomed grounds. With golf, as with hoagie-eating contests, the last 15 feet are the hardest—polish a short game on the course's 10,000-square-foot natural-grass putting green, and work out any wedge issues on the 800-square-foot chipping and pitching green.
Distance demons itching to drive can head to the spacious range with a large bucket ($8 for 105 balls) and practice launching the atmospheric orbs aloft. Four targeted greens dare drivers to shoot up to 225 yards from 1 of 58 hitting stalls, and free loaner clubs give amnesiacs who left their sticks at home a chance to practice until they figure out where they live again. Following a victorious tour of the greens, players can retire to the clubhouse to scarf a meal at the Fairway Café or stock up on tiny little pencils at the pro shop.
400 S Sepulveda Blvd.
El Segundo, California 90245