The Scots developed golf to irk common loch pests, such as merats, lochroaches, 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 $31, you get 18 holes of golf with cart rental for two (up to a $56 value) and two buckets of range balls (a $6 value) at Wellington Golf Club in Wellington (up to a $62 total value).
At Wellington Golf Club, club wielders drive, pitch, and putt dimpled orbs through 6,201 yards of well-manicured fairways, greens, and tee grounds framed with cedar, oak, and pine trees. Warm up your walloping stroke with two buckets of practice balls at the range before boarding a cart and setting off on the day's festivities. The course—which emphasizes accuracy over force—boasts fairways that consist of Bermuda grass and ryegrass and greens that flaunt bentgrass, making for an ideal surface for sinking game-clinching putts or bowling with balled-up hedgehogs.
Wellington Golf Club's rates fluctuate throughout the week.
Wellington Golf Club
To step back in time to when the cedars, oaks, and pines around Wellington Golf Club were first groomed and pared away to make room for fairways and greens would be to see a landscape at once familiar and different. The year was 1919, and the sounds of cattlemen driving herds up the Chisholm Trail would ring through the air, accompanying the sights of a town not 50 years old. Yet that early course's modesty would be recognizable—and very much part of the draw.
The designers kept much of the surrounding growth intact, forcing players to thread their tee shots down somewhat narrow fairways to span the 6,201 yards. This emphasis on accuracy soaks through to the rest of the course as well. The relatively small greens' fast bent grass demands deft iron play and a soft putting touch. And getting there through variable gusts is half the challenge. But Wellington Golf Club doesn't leave its clubbers stranded in that regard—a driving range holds tees at both ends so that drivers can calibrate to different wind directions without relying on their protractors and trajectory calculations.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 70 course
- Total length of 6,201 yards from the back tees
- Three sets of tees per hole