Golf obstacles parallel life challenges, reinforcing conventional wisdom that the only way to escape rough patches is through excessive clubbing. Watch professionals power through impediments with today’s Groupon to the Tampa Bay Pro-Am, taking place April 9–15 at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz. Admission is free to the practice rounds April 9–10, the Laser Spine Institute Challenge takes place April 11–12, with the Tampa Bay Pro-Am running April 13–15. Children under 18 receive free admission with a ticketed adult. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get two one-day admissions (a $50 value).
- For $45, you get four one-day admissions (a $100 value).
- For $50, you get six one-day admissions (a $150 value).<p>
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.