The phosphorescent indoor landscape at Monster Mini Golf immerses putters in an eerie universe that inverts the sun-soaked cheer of conventional courses. Rimmed in glowing green barriers, 18 holes lure swingers of all sizes to challenge their coordination and resolve in the face of winged monsters, scowling animated trees, a creepy clown, and their opponents' shockingly dazzling smiles. Sheltered from searing rain and howling wind, the indoor course enables play around hazards such as a spell well and luminous, ghostly windmill at any time of the year. An in-house radio station and DJ mask the sound of pounding hearts with lively beats and course commentary, and golfers looking for additional glory can win prizes by participating in regular contests or at the on-site arcade.
Stretching across two of the vessel's three decks, Sun Cruz Port Richey Casino offers its visitors something other casinos can't?stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. Aboard the flotilla, game lovers square off against more than 325 slot machines as the calm waters carry them along on a smooth jaunt. After a spirited round of roulette, gamblers can gambol around the decks for roulette and craps, or consult pods of dolphins for advice on winning three-card poker.
At the Tampa Bay Pro-Am, celebrities and PGA Champions Tour golfers thwack balls toward the stratosphere in hopes of securing the pride and glory of a victory whose spoils benefit charitable foundations. Athletes take to the turf of one of Golf World’s 100 best public courses in the country, targeting greens with homing-missle-like precision, avoiding pesky bodies of water, and distracting sand-trap monsters with steaks painted to resemble Jack Nicklaus. The roster of the 2012 edition’s celebrity participants remains shrouded in mystery, but past tournament competitors have included actor Craig T. Nelson, former professional-football player Emmitt Smith, and former UN Secretary General Bill Murray. Proceeds from each year’s tournament are filtered into local or national charities through a sieve made of woven generosity; contributions from 2011's edition went to Special Operations Warrior Foundation and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
The consortium of professional instructors at Palm Harbor Dance Studio shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
The Transitions Championship, an official PGA TOUR event, pits formidable golf kings—such as two-time winner Retief Goosen and 2010 winner Jim Furyk—against the lush greens and brutal traps of the Innisbrook's 72-hole Copperhead course. The verdant meadows of the Copperhead course sprawl to 7,340 yards and feature unusually dramatic elevation changes and reassuringly infrequent bear attacks. The tournament mixes the traditional drama of men dueling with clubs with a week of events such as the March 13 Think About Your Eyes Family Walk, which raises money for blindness prevention and lobbies to jazz up televised golf coverage with tie-dyed greens.