Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game in which 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 $40, you get 18 holes of golf for two, cart rental, and two buckets of range balls at The Trails at Chickasaw Point, located in Westminster (an $82 value).
Nestled in the wooded foothills of the Smoky Mountains, The Trails at Chickasaw Point challenges all club swingers with its par 72 course. Each of the 18 holes challenges budding Arnold Palmers with its own quirks, from sand traps and water hazards to doglegs and putter-eating trees. The seclusion of each hole allows individual groups a rare moment of intimacy with nature, and four USGA-rated tee locations accommodate everyone from the serial shanker to the effortless birdie-achiever. Traveling across the lush lime-green lawns up and down the rolling hills proves much easier with the new Yamaha golf carts or soon-to-be-invented teletransporters.
The Trails is a public course within the gated community at Chickasaw Point, which borders Lake Hartwell four miles from I-85. Golfers interested in repeated visits can participate in the Handicap Program of the Carolinas, a free service offered by The Trails in which a computer determines handicaps based on performance. The course will be aerated on 4/25, so savvy club-swingers should note that it may be up to 14 days for the course to return to normal peak conditions.