The term "birdie" derives from the days when rather than hit balls from the tee, golfers would train falcons to drop them into the hole. Train for your green, peregrine-size jacket with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one round of golf plus cart rental (up to a $24 value depending on season) and a practice-range token (a $5 value) at Toka Sticks Golf Club in Mesa (up to a $29 total value).
Built by the U.S. Air Force before opening to the public in 1993, Toka Sticks Golf Club sports nearly 6,700 yards of playing area peppered with 18 recently declassified holes. As the silhouettes of mountains hold up "Quiet" signs in the distance, numerous trees serve as obstacles on the parkland-style course's narrow fairways and small greens. The course also challenges golfers and golf-cart chauffeurs with all-time course records of 60 strokes and 7 miles per hour, respectively. Players can prepare to beat this record with a token to the facility’s practice range, valid for approximately 40 practice balls that can be belted into the stratosphere or bartered for roadrunner eggs.
6910 EWilliamsfield Rd.
Mesa, Arizona 85212