Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game in which they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $99, you get 18 holes of golf, cart rental, and lunch for four at Wallinwood Springs Golf Club in Jenison (up to a $210 value).
Wallinwood Springs Golf Club is home to a challenging, semiprivate 18-hole golf course that requires distance drives and surgical precision to save par and dissect birdies. The front nine plays to sprawling fairways, allowing the elements to affect the ball's trajectory and requiring accuracy to ensure the ball misses the flotilla of more than 30 quicksand traps. The back nine hosts a 26-acre lake that comes into play on five holes, and the Grand River tickles the edge of out of bounds on holes 10,11, 37, and 12. Test mental confidence and survivor skills on the 15th hole, a 185-yard par 3 that boasts a strategically placed island green. Golfers can cruise around in the comfort of provided carts while munching on the included lunch of a hot dog, chips, and a beer or soft drink.
Wallinwood features a grand clubhouse set amid rolling fairways and beautifully manicured acres of golfing terrain. The facility boasts a full-service golf shop, as well as a practice range with balls ($4 per bucket).
Green fees vary from weekday to weekend; plan ahead to make the best use of your Groupon.
- Wetter is better at Wallinwood Springs Golf Club. This scenic par-72, semi-private golf course winds near the river and by the woods — and over and around lakes and creeks — to present a most challenging back nine for even the steadiest of players. Its upscale look and upkeep make it a favorite venue for the serious golfer. – Don Vanderveen, Michigan Golf