It?s not uncommon to stumble upon fake alligators as you make your way around a mini-golf course. But at Smuggler's Cove's locations, live American alligators snap their jaws in exhibits nestled amid the miniature fairways. With an old-fashioned bamboo pole players can dangle a treat above 20?50 of the predatory alligators, which leap from the water to snatch their treat. Between feeding frenzies, games take place on Smugglers Cove?s 18-hole outdoor courses, where balls roll past rushing waterfalls, into caves, over mountainous terrain, and into a hole in a pirate ship.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Shoreline is a one-of-a-kind, family-owned and operated surf and skate shop. We have everything you need for having fun on the beach. We can even deliver our rentals right to you on the sand!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Ever since I was a kid I knew I wanted to be in this industry. I hoped it would be as a pro, but that seemed impossible so I had a back-up plan to open my own shop own day. With a little luck and help from family, my friend and I managed to make our childhood dreams come true and opened shop in 2011.
What do you love most about your job?
Being on the beach every day.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
We get a lot of great feedback from the parents of the kids who do our summer skimboard camp. We've gotten nice letters and gifts from several of the families so it's hard to pick the best feedback.
In golf, it's important to choose the right club for each shot. It's equally important to choose the right educational approach for each student. Coach Marc intuitively understands this, which is why he helps golfers improve their swings with everything from one-on-one instruction to group clinics and on-course playing lessons.
Over the years, Marc has shared his wisdom with more than 1,000 students. Take a look at his playing résumé, and you'll see that he's uniquely qualified to do so. At age 16, when most kids are busy goofing off, he set a course record at the challenging Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Course in Palm Harbor. He's also a two-time PGA Tour qualifier with three holes-in-one to his name. Today, Marc stays sharp by schooling new golfers at locations across Florida. To help him analyze what even his keen eye can't catch, he uses modern technology such as video analysis and balls that explode when you don't hit them correctly.
Snaking alongside the Boca Ciega Bay, The Tides Golf Club's 18-hole course confronts golfers with oceanfront breezes that are both relaxing and a challenge to tee shots on tree-lined fairways. Waterways come into play on 12 holes and figure more prominently on the back nine, where a pond imperils errant golf balls on every single track. Tidwarf grass adorns the course's elevated greens, which provide a true surface for golfers to roll their putts or roll their toy-sized golf carts.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 72 course
* Length of 6,329 yards from the tips
* Course rating of 70.6 from the tips
* Slope rating of 123 from the tips
* Three tee options
* See the scorecard
Located right on the beach at Archibald Park, visitors to MAD Beach Rentals need only take a few steps to navigate the Gulf of Mexico's crystal-clear waters. Their rentals provide means of watery transportation?guests can hop in a kayak or grab a paddleboard to strike a pose against the ocean sunset. The gulf's abundant wildlife means you might be paddling alongside dolphins and manatee, assuming they rent out a kayak, too.
After a $1.8 million makeover in 2007, Largo Golf Course invites visitors to meander through its fairways and experience FootGolf. The course includes 8 par 5s, 1 par 4, and 9 par 3s, adding up to a total distance of 3,700 yards. The game combines soccer with golf and is played with a regulation soccer ball. The holes are typically shorter than regular golf holes, with 21-inch diameter cups adjacent to the standard cups.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-71 course
Total length of 3,700 yards