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Golfers to tee it up at downtown Tampa driving range Friday

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 05:33 PM

Looking to squeeze in a little golf during your lunch hour?

On Friday, a system of nets and cranes will be set up in downtown Tampa to create a massive urban driving range allowing visitors to tee off amid the skyscrapers.

The one-day, pop-up event known as Tampa Tee Off will take over an entire block of Franklin Street, beginning at the intersection of North Franklin Street and East Twiggs Street.

"We're hoping everyone in downtown will bring their golf clubs to work on Friday," said Ferdian Jap of Big City Events, the company that put the project together. "It's really going to be something fun to see."

The range will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with Mayor Bob Buckhorn scheduled to take the first shot at 11.

The event is sponsored by Edwin Watts Golf Shops and EA Sports. Both companies will give away golf equipment and Tiger Woods video games to golfers who can hit golf-ball-filled piñatas or a gong that will be hanging as targets on the range.

Buckets of balls are $8, and proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Hillsborough County.

The event will also feature live music, food and beer for sale.

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