Putting greens represent the sports world's most obvious welcome mats, along with supine soccer goalies and Wrigley Field's famed climbing wall. Treat toes and chip-shots to a proper reception with today's Groupon: for $12, you get nine holes of golfing for two people at Twin Lakes Golf Course in North Branford (up to a $24 value).
The nine holes at Twin Lakes Golf Course are ingrained with a neighborhood feel and accented by freshly plotted tee boxes and a renovated clubhouse completed this past winter. Golfers chip and drive along the par-3 course as it zigzags through an enclosure of mature deciduous trees interspersed with smart-alecky conifers. Stretching 1,044 yards from the first tee box to the ninth hole, the course challenges golfers of all strengths with bunkers and small greens that demand precise shots and memorized recitations of Beowulf. Many have trod Twin Lakes' fairways over the years while soaking up its laid-back atmosphere. For putters' convenience, pull-cart rentals are available for $1, and club rentals for $3.
Twin Lakes Golf Course
Twin Lakes Golf Course is set on grounds that have been walked by golfers for more than 50 years, but enjoy the modern touches of a recent revamping. New tee boxes reside atop the professionally manicured greens that carpet the 10-acre course. Its renovated clubhouse offers guests the supplies they need for gameplay, including clubs and pull carts. After a round, players can return to the clubhouse where pizza bubbles in a wood-burning oven and cool beverages flow freely from taps.