Much like confronting a former bully at a high-school reunion, playing golf requires an efficient swing and at least three friends to cheer you on. Take a stand against a shank-producing stroke with today's Groupon: for $57, you get 18 holes of golf for you and a companion plus a cart rental at The Pines at Elizabeth City (up to a $124 value).
The Pines at Elizabeth City’s championship-style course was redesigned in 2004 to USGA specifications and boasts bermuda-grass fairways and four sets of tees to accommodate players of all walloping competences. Tall pines ensconce the course's gently rolling greens, meticulously groomed landscape, and water hazards wherein squirrels perfect synchronized-swimming routines. Aboard one of The Pines’ motorized carts, golfing duos zip through an argyle-friendly oasis that has hosted tournaments, including the Coastland Invitational, TYGA Junior Tournament, and Robert Wrenn Classic.
The Pines at Elizabeth City
Golfers who last played The Pines at Elizabeth City prior to 2004 may not recognize the 6,700-yard, par-72 golf course. The surrounding forests of pine trees that swaddle the fairways and greens remain, but that's about it. Course architect Tom Clark revamped everything on the course, from the new hybrid bermuda fairways to the A1/A4 bent-grass greens. Even the bunkers have been overhauled to protect against erosion, and the practice facilities now incorporate target greens, a putting green, and fairways for rehearsing real shots off the tee. The result is a course that feels brand new while rewarding the skills of precision, power, and creativity, which are each as old as the game itself.