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 $55, you get two rounds of golf with cart rental at Timberlake Country Club, located on Lake Murray in Chapin (up to a $110 value). Tee times are available during weekdays, weekends, and afternoons. Click here for a list of corresponding prices.
Designed by renowned architect Willard Byrd, Timberlake Country Club's 18-hole course spreads its tree-lined fairways and bermuda greens along the shores of Lake Murray. Picturesque lake views dominate the landscape from the very first hole, with various ponds, doglegs, and hills populating the rest of the 6,579-yard course. The lake steps in as an obstacle by heckling players from behind the fourth-hole green and bisecting the fairway for the course's climactic 18th hole. Though parking is available near Timberlake Country Club's clubhouse, players can forgo a car entirely and scull up via boat or bridled catfish to Timberland's dock, where a golf cart awaits.
Timberlake Country Club
Designed by prolific course architect Willard Byrd, Timberlake Country Club's 18-hole course plots a 6,579-yard trail across a Lake Murray peninsula as it dips southward into the glassy waters. Picturesque views of the lake abound throughout the round—because of its proximity to the lake, the club offers free docking and shore-side pickup for those who wish to arrive by boat or seahorse—and the supersized pool's watery fingers come into play on seven holes. Rounds culminate with dramatic flair at the signature 18th hole, a 483-yard par 5 where a mid-fairway water hazard looms on the business end of a blind tee shot, raising the stakes for players who unsheathe their driver in the hopes of reaching the green in two.
Alongside the grassy course, neon yellow orbs slice through the air at Timberlake Country Club's tennis courts, where tennis pro Mark Gardiner teaches students to hit a forehand passing shot or incite an earthquake with a deafening grunt. The club also houses diverse dining facilities to curb appetites or host social events.