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Golf summer camp stays cool because it's indoors


TAMPA - What's wrong with kids taking a golf club and a golf ball and breaking some windows just for the fun of it?

That's the philosophy at the Golfer's Grail off Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, where kids can attend an indoor golf summer camp that runs throughout the summer under the supervision of owner Jeff Sproat and PGA apprentices Jason Sproat and Shaun Van Patten. Kids get a chance to play golf on the more than 60 golf simulators that include famous golf courses from all over the world, but the camp is more about fun than trying to birdie No. 12 at Augusta or the Road Hole at St. Andrews.

There are putting greens and putting contests, and also simulators that allow kids to fire shots through glass windows. The noise and the broken glass is all simulated, but the effects are pretty realistic, and a lot of fun for kids who want to wreak a little bit of havoc.

Camp starts June 10 and runs on a weekly basis through July 15. There is instruction from Monday through Thursday and a play day on Friday. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon and there are competitions every day.

"It's the first time we've done this and we are really looking forward to it," Jeff Sproat said. "It's always going to be 72 degrees and that beats standing outside in the middle of July hitting golf balls."

Sproat said there will be mid-morning snacks for the campers and that the ages run from 5 to 14. There may be more camps later in the summer. Campers can bring their own clubs but Sproat said there will be plenty available to kids who don't have their own.

Sproat, who plays to about a nine handicap, said he is looking forward to running his first camp at the establishment he opened last fall.

"This is going to be fun," Sproat said. "We have good teaching and kids can learn a lot," Sproat said. "It's going to be fun."

For more information, call (813) 969-2100. Golfers Grail is at 10019 N. Dale Mabry Highway.