Mastering a peerless golf swing requires intense concentration on the arc of the club and a healthy disregard for the condition of your neighbor’s statue garden. Control your projectile’s path with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a golf practice package at Tampa Bay Downs (a $125.50 total value) that includes the following:
- One 45-minute putting lesson with computer analysis and feedback (a $100 value)
- Three medium buckets of driving-range balls (an $8.50 value each)<p>
Tampa Bay Downs sharpens short games and driving skills with a full-service practice facility that earned a nod as one of the Top 100 Golf Ranges in America from Golf Range Magazine in 2011. PGA professional Brian Moore utilizes the Optimal Motion Instructor (TOMI) computer system to pore over putting fundamentals in slow motion in order to proffer minor adjustments and prove that some swings are haunted by heckling poltergeists. The 45-minute lesson aims to tweak the eight most basic aspects of any putt, including the alignment at impact, stroke tempo, and celebratory smashing of any mashie niblicks.
Armed with three medium buckets that contain about 80 balls each, customers can head out to any of the 45 bermuda-grass tee stations on the range and crush their dimpled cargo. The two acres of short-game practice space include an 8,000-square-foot putting green as well as two full-size chipping greens accessorized by castle-filled sand traps.
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.
11225 Race Track Rd.
Tampa, Florida 33626