Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game where they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a two-day admission pass to Golfest (a $20 value) and two large buckets of balls (a $23 value) at Tampa Bay Downs on Racetrack Road.
Tampa Bay Downs has teamed up with Golf Week magazine to host a massive golf get-together on Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20 that showcases PGA pros and coaches, a $25,000 putting contest, special Golfest retail offers from top industry brands, and more. Experience the Newton-defying trick shots of Chuck "The Hitman," and enrich your course consciousness with wise words from LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam. The North Florida PGA West Central Chapter will provide free lessons all weekend to transform struggling duffers into course sharks, and attendees will receive one free round of golf at Westchase Golf Club. To avoid forgetting the kids in the car, as usual, Golfest features the Junior Golf Experience, where tyro Tiger's face off against each other for title of "Most Worthy of Their Parent's Love." Children 12 and younger also get the extra benefit of free admission.
After an inspirational weekend of swing-mechanics mayhem, bring your clubs to Tampa Bay Downs' range and perfect your pendulum with 270 yards of open grassland for driving and areas for putting and practicing chip shots. Two large buckets ($11.50 value each) offer a chance to correct your slice, achieve maximum distance, and spell your name by punching holes in a cloud.
Tampa Bay Downs
At Tampa Bay Downs, thoroughbred horses burst through the starting gates, and spectators cheer for their picks and spend an afternoon living it up on amenity-rich premises. Visitors can wager on live and simulcast races, or wander into The Silks Poker Room and hunker down for a game of Texas Hold’em. The racetrack features numerous restaurants, grills, and bars as well as a fully lit, 22-acre golf-practice facility with all-Bermuda-grass hitting stations, chipping greens, and a covered range.
Citrus Park-Fern Lake
10327 Racetrack Rd.
Tampa, Florida 33626Get Directions