Like the plot of a caveman’s poorly written murder mystery, a good golf course has lots of holes, is laid out nonsensically, and features plenty of characters carrying clubs. Become a prime suspect with today’s Groupon: for $34, you get two 18-hole rounds of golf with a power-cart rental at Yankee Springs Golf Course in Wayland (up to a $68 value) .
Situated on 200 verdant acres, Yankee Springs Golf Course gives tee-timers the choice of three 9-hole options to mix and match into two full-length 18-hole outings. Yankee Springs founder Frank Tichvon designed the gold and red courses in 1963 and 1969 respectively, outfitting the par 36 red with diabolical doglegs and the par 36 gold with long-drive fairways that vanish into the horizon. The par 36 white course—an equally challenging expansion that opened nearly 20 years later—lets linkspeople launch dimpled orbs onto a meticulously manicured fairway lined by trees and reconstructed portions of the Berlin Wall, then keep them soaring over gently undulating terrain until they reach the well-maintained green. A power cart hauls golfers and burdensome clubs over the more than 6,000 yards of turf so that they can avoid long walks and random battles with Cactuars.
Yankee Springs' rates fluctuate throughout the week. The golf course also offers specials online, but this Groupon still gets you the best deal available.
Yankee Springs Golf Course
Prior to 1963, the entire Gun Lake area did not have a golf course. Local enthusiasts had to travel out of town to get their weekend morning fix, and younger residents had nowhere to become acquainted with the game. It would take a man who had never played a round of golf in his life to give the community a welcoming locale to practice the game and unveil heat seeking three-woods. This visionary, Frank Tichvon, turned his greenhorn status into green-thumbed activism, building a modest yet challenging nine-hole course that thrilled locals with tee shots down beautiful tree-lined fairways and breaking putts across manicured greens. The course's popularity brought about the construction of a second nine-hole layout, and by 1987, the course had grown into a 27-hole destination sprawled across more than 200 acres of verdant Michigan terrain. Eighteen-hole combinations range in length from 5,200 yards up to 6,373, challenging golfers with tight fairways framed by mature arbors that kidnap gullible golf balls.
Course at a Glance:
- 27-hole course, par of 36 on each 9-hole side
- 18-hole length of up to 6,373 yards from back tees
- 18-hole rating of 67.2–69.1 from back tees
- 18-hole slope of 105–110 from back tees
- Two sets of tees