The Scots developed golf to irk common loch pests, like merats, locharoaches, and Nessie, who to this day rarely surfaces for fear of being beaned by a well-aimed ball. Brush up your monster-vexing skills with today's Groupon: for $119 you get an individual mini-membership three pass package to Wakefield Valley Golf Club located in Westminster (up to a $238.50 value).
The mini-membership grants its buyer three passes, each of which is good for 18 holes of golf, a large bucket of range balls, waived green fees, waived cart fees, and a $10 voucher to the snack bar. Wakefield Valley Golf Club is a semi-private course canopied by storybook foliage that features 27 holes, making up three courses that cater to both the amateur and skilled swinger. The Green Course's long par fives and the Gold Course's tough tee shots challenge players to flex their swing muscles, while the White Course is peppered with unfriendly water hazards and hilly terrain (it has one of the highest slope ratings in Maryland) that are capable of tuckering out golf carts and golf-curious stray racehorses. Wakefield Valley Golf Club lets you tee off and whiz around via golf cart on greens of greatness, as you will be playing on the same grounds as U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur qualifiers.
Golf with friends is the best kind of bonding. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining the well-groomed fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres mulligans. The satisfaction of a well-played hole is amplified by the enjoyment you get from your partner's three-shot spectacle in the woodsy rough. You must call ahead to reserve a tee time.
Wakefield Valley Golf Club
Nestled in the rolling hills of Maryland's countryside, the Wakefield Valley Golf Club showcases three different nine-hole courses. Each course presents a unique set of challenges, with the green course showcasing lengthy par 5s and the white course challenging golfers with hilly terrain and water holes that lure errant shots and experimental scuba-tank golf bags. The gold course, meanwhile, sets up demanding tee shots into narrow fairways, as seen on its signature eighth hole, where water guards the green on all sides.
Golfers can warm up for rounds at the driving range and practice green or employ the swing-honing advice of PGA Professional Scott Magee, who teaches enough students to believe that he will find one who can pull a putter from a stone. Guests can also refuel rumbling stomachs with casual food and drinks at Fenby’s Restaurant.