Golf-club designers often consult aerospace engineers to fulfill dreams of experimental alloy drivers and converting the solar system into a nine-hole executive course. Take your game to the next frontier with today’s Groupon to Golfweek’s Golfest at Tampa Bay Downs. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a Golfest package (a $45 value) that includes:
- Two one-day tickets to Golfest (a $10 value each)
- $25 voucher for driving-range balls<p>
- For $40, you get a Golfest package (a $100 value) that includes:
- Four one-day tickets to Golfest (a $10 value each)
- $60 voucher for driving-range balls<p>
Golfest will be held February 18 and 19, beginning at 9 a.m. on both days. All tickets included in the deal must be used on the same day.
An assemblage of great golf minds, entertainers, and players flock to Tampa Bay Downs’ golf practice facility to regale clubbers during Golfweek’s Golfest. Students of the game can listen intently as renowned instructor David Leadbetter discusses the game’s finer points or watch in awe as long-drive champion and trick-shot artist Mike Ziegler launches balls into the stratosphere or the beaks of unsuspecting pelicans. LPGA ace Annika Sorenstam will headline Sunday’s festivities, and visitors can also engage in the event’s surrounding activities, such as free lessons from PGA instructors and a junior golf experience area where youngsters can chip, putt, and drop-kick balls in controlled practice modules. Golfest invites all guests 16 years and younger to enjoy a day of orb-blasting bravado free of charge.
Though not open to the public during Golfest, Tampa Bay Downs’ 22-acre golf practice facility fosters swing-honing practice with 45 Bermuda grass hitting stalls. Linksmen can smooth out their corkscrew motion in a quick session with a pony bucket (40 balls; a $5.50 value) or punish undisciplined irons with a high-octane practice furnished by a thoroughbred bucket (120 balls; an $11.50 value). Buckets can be redeemed until the end of 2012, and the range is fully lit for late-night sessions.
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.