Like hitting the clubs, using golf clubs in early morning comes with the prospect of competition, physical exertion, and digging yourself out of a pit of sand at dawn. Opt for the less techno-driven option with today's Groupon: for $30 you get 18 holes of golf, a cart rental, and a small bucket of range balls (up to a $67.57 value) at Vaaler Creek Golf Club, located inside the Rockin' J Ranch development in Blanco. Featured in Texas Outside and Golfer's Guide, Vaaler Creek Golf Club provides relaxing, scenic views and challenging terrain for all skill levels. Guests can spend an afternoon zipping across the lush green in the club's new EZ-GO golf carts and driving balls as far as the eyeballs can see. With a picturesque pond and well-maintained grounds, Vaaler Creek Golf Club provides a sportsmanlike zen previously known only to games of dream-induced bocce ball.
Vaaler Creek Golf Club's rates fluctuate throughout the day and week; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time. Though Vaaler Creek Golf Club sometimes offers discounted tee times online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Vaaler Creek Golf Club
After being ranked 19th on Golfweek's "Best New Courses" list in 2011, the course at Vaaler Creek Golf Club has been stacking up acolytes for its challenging play and picturesque Texas Hill Country setting. The Michael Lowry and JR Newman design stretches through oak forests as well as rocky outcroppings, encountering water on nine holes. Throughout each round, players steer new E-Z-GO golf carts over Bermuda 419 and TifSport grasses, taking advantage of the carts’ automatic braking systems as they stop to smell the flowers or the glorious scent of victory over manual controls.
Though the varied layout presents all manner of challenges, the par 3 12th hole requires a particularly cautious approach. Players must exhibit firm control over iron play as they aim for a peninsula green—discipline that must be then be duplicated four holes later to keep drives dry and on the isthmus fairway. Finally, players round out the round by facing a daunting approach over water, made even more difficult by the tree in the center of the fairway that obstructs flight paths and distracts would-be winners with its self-contained, elf-operated cookie factory.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 6,864 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 73 from the back tees
- Course slope of 140 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole
228 Jeff Vaughn
Blanco, Texas 78606