A golf course is a scenic sanctuary where young blades of grass receive constant grooming and grizzled grains of sand can retire far away from merciless ocean waves. Explore a relaxing landscape with today's Groupon: for $39, you get 18 holes of golf for two, including cart rental, at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove (up to a $78 value).
The Refuge Golf Club's par-72 course, consisting of 6,534 yards of manicured greens carved out of 350 acres of forests and wetlands, delights cart-powered club wielders with splendid eye candy and challenges them with natural obstacles. Five different tee options give golfers a variety of distances and difficulty levels from which to battle the elements, including water, wind, and ball-snatching hydrogen molecules. Intimidating tracts of water meander throughout the grassy monolith, complicating passage on holes such as the signature ninth, a par-5 in which drives must carry a vast, fearsome pond just to reach the fairway. Check the scorecard for a more thorough guide to the course's natural idiosyncrasies and watery impediments.
After a cutthroat round, wedge wizards can relax in the 13,000-square-foot clubhouse at the restaurant and bar, or prepare for future outings by snagging a new wardrobe from the pro shop. See the tee-time schedule to plan an outing without compromising preexisting dinner dates with favorite long irons.
Although The Refuge Golf Club sometimes offers special rates for certain tee times throughout the week, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
The Refuge Golf Club
Designed by course architect Kevin Norby, The Refuge Golf Club cleaves through 350 acres of woods and wetlands to frame an 18-hole, par 72 course. Native grasses, wooden cart bridges, and immaculate bluegrass fairways characterize this northern-style course, which challenges golfers with tight tree lines and abundant sunbathing opportunities for losing shirts in sand traps. If golfers haven't spotted much wildlife throughout the course, they might find a gallery of hawks, deer, and feral caddies watching at the 17th, the course's second-most-difficult hole. Clubbers must blast tee shots over a forced carry before safely landing on an open fairway that leads to a green flanked by bunkers on both sides. Players can warm up for rounds at the 20-stall driving range and contoured putting green, and PGA professionals help golfers hone their game during private lessons. Meanwhile, a 13,000-square-foot clubhouse built of rock and cedar beckons for post-round revelry in the facility's restaurant, bar, and pro shop.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 6,534 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 71.9 from the back tees
- Course slope of 139 from the back tees
- Five sets of tees per hole
21250 Yellow Pine St.
Oak Grove, Minnesota 55011