Like suntans and the ability to throw knives at apples on top of totem poles, golf skills disappear if you don't keep working at them. Keep the magic alive with today's Groupon: for $39, you get 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, and an unlimited number of range balls on the day of your tee time at Whidbey Golf and Country Club (up to an $85 value, including tax).
Located a little less than two hours from Seattle in Oak Harbor, Whidbey's vast, rolling course was designed and expanded over the past 49 years exclusively by the club's members. A well-maintained course, Whidbey remains playable even during the rainy season, and pendulum swingers will come into contact with water hazards, narrow fairways, and sand bunkers while traversing the challenging rolling terrain. Other amenities include the club's on-site restaurant and bar, which provides a hoppy backdrop for tossing back a beer and recapping highlights while dodging autograph-seeking grizzly bears. Early-risers be warned: tee times made three to seven days in advance are only valid after noon, while tee times scheduled within 48 hours are valid any time.
Whidbey Golf and Country Club
Nestled in the bucolic scenery of coastal Washington, Whidbey Golf and Country Club’s par 72 course stretches across 6,467 yards of water-kissed terrain. The round begins with a challenge, as the first tee gives way to the longest and most difficult hole, a 516-yard par 5 where drives must touch down on a narrow landing strip flanked by bunkers or circle in the atmosphere until they get signal clearance. Multiple ponds come into play throughout the round, upping the ante on certain shots with high-risk, high-reward scenarios. Before embarking on their pin-hunting expedition, duffers can trace power draws into the sky or take aim at invading weather balloons at the driving range.
Those hoping to more thoroughly scout their verdant foe can pore over the website’s hole-by-hole description. A one-hour drive or ferry trip north of Seattle, the course is playable year-round, with closures only for Christmas, New Year’s, and Chi Chi Rodriguez Day.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,476 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 70.7 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
2430 SW Fairway Ln.
Oak Harbor, Washington 98277Get Directions