At Wentworth Golf Club, golfers are treated to two distinct modes of golf course design within one 18-hole layout. The front nine showcases a classic parkland setting, complete with towering forests of pine, oak, and cypress trees. Play opens up significantly as players make the turn, where they emerge from the woods and embark on a back nine that bears more resemblance to the traditional links courses found in Scotland. The course bunkering is another feature that resembles golf's birthplace, as more than 100 bunkers litter the course and give players plenty of opportunities to scrawl letters of encouragement for golfers behind them in the sand.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,459 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 144 from the back tees * Link to scorecard
Ray Boucher, the licensed massage therapist at Zen to You, is passionate about improving the health and happiness of his clients through massage therapy. He focuses on each individual’s needs, whether it’s more convenient to receive a hot-stone massage at home from his mobile-massage service, or visit Z Spa in Palm Harbor, where Ray untangles muscular knots in a soothing, private treatment room. Specializing in Swedish and sports massage, as well as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release, Ray also incorporates passive stretching, trigger-point therapy, and muscle-energy techniques. He customizes each session to focus on problem areas and the release of chronically held stress.
Surrounded by Yoga Shakti’s cheerful orange walls, yogis lift their hands toward the ceiling, root the balls of their bare feet into the wood floor, and stretch toward the sunlight that streams in through the window. During classes, instructors lead practitioners through their customized series of postures, which draw from several yoga styles to vary the routine and address specific goals. Classes range from gentle yoga, which focuses on meditation and breathing; to more rigorous Vinyasa flow, which links challenging postures to one another through the breath; to hot yoga, whose elevated temperature challenges students, allows for deeper stretches, and detoxes the body. The instructors also offer yoga-for-back-pain classes, which aim to increase mobility in stiff backs caused by injury, stress, or walking under the limbo stick in your doorway.
The secret behind Frankie's Patriot BBQ is in the small batches. Craig, the resident pit boss, cooks all the BBQ fresh for each day—when they run out they run out. Craig cooks up juicy, flavorful meats that include sliced brisket, smoked chicken, and pulled pork, slow cooked over the course of seven hours or more. Other southern delicacies include lightly fried gator bites, sides of collard greens, and fluffy cornbread.
What do the New York Yankees, NASA rocket launches, and international breaking news all have in common? They’ve all been photographed by James Fink, owner and operator of Fink Photography. James operates out of East Lake, but he takes pains to meet his clientele all around the Tampa area. James also has no qualms about going the extra mile to capture the right angle for a shot, whether that means climbing up a tree, laying down in the sand, or strapping himself to a space shuttle.
Carved into the natural landscape of the wetlands, Lansbrook Golf Club has been a favorite amongst golfers since opening in 1975 for its variety of layout challenges. A framework of trees and tall cypress hugs the course's tight fairways, and not a single parallel fairway means every shot requires a bit of ingenuity. As if that weren't enough, water comes into play on 16 holes, forcing players to either select their clubs carefully or outfit their balls with snorkels. Fans of the Masters may get a kick from the 11th hole, too, which is reminiscent of the 16th hole at Augusta National.
Away from the links, Lansbrook punctuates visits with a meticulously maintained practice facility. It features a large grass teeing ground, a chipping green with a sand bunker, and a putting green.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total of 6,846 yards from the tips * Four tees per hole * Course rating of 73.3 * Course slope of 131 * Click here to view the scorecard