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Rocky Point will start hosting Golf Ready classes hosted by Brianne Murphy on Saturdays starting Jan. 18. The cost is $125 for five weeks
That's not all that's going on at Rocky Point. There will be a two-hour class on Feb. 2 from 8 – 11 a.m. on hitting it close to the pin and dropping five strokes per round. The class is limited to five players. Also, on Feb. 9, Rocky Point will have a half-day school for $65 from 8 a.m. – noon. There will be only four players in the class, so RSVP. The day includes lunch, video analysis, and course play
Seven Springs Golf Club has a busy February planned. It will host a Super Bowl tournament on Feb. 2, its Member-Member event on Feb. 3-4, “Me and Mine’’ tournament on Feb. 9, a Valentines’ Day event on Feb. 14, its Ladies’ Golf Association championship on Feb. 17-18, the Men’s Golf Association Scramble (Feb. 21), and the Loyalist South Tournament (Feb. 22).
Fox Hollow Golf Club will host its Sixth Annual Military Muster Charity Golf Tournament with proceeds to benefit amputee veterans on April 28. Opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shot gun start. There will be a special appearance by the nation's only amputee color guard. It is a four-person scramble with a $125 entry fee. Call (727) 799-2397.
The Eagles Golf Club will host its annual Super Bowl and Golf Party on Feb. 2 with a 2:30 p.m. shotgun start. There is a four person scramble with optional skins, followed by awards and food. Players can then watch the game in the clubhouse. Rate is $30 per member and $40 for the public. Singles are welcome. Call (813) 920-6681
BY Jeff BerlinickeSpecial Correspondent
TAMPA – For three years, The Downs Golf Facility has been one of the top golf demo shops in Florida, which is saying a lot.
This year, Jon Johnson and The Downs are trying to top even themselves. The Downs will host its fourth annual Golfest on Feb. 8-9. There will be representatives of most of the world’s top equipment manufacturers, events for kids and adults, guest speakers throughout both days, a chance to test out every type of 2014 model golf club, and more.
For the first time, The Downs will host a “Big Break” type of an event featuring local celebrities. Golf fans know that “Big Break” is must-see TV. It is a show that features everything from skill competitions to playing for a shot at a professional Tour card. Challenges at Golfest will include “glass break,” where golfers simply try to shatter a plate of glass from 15 to 20 yards; “The Wall,” as golfers try to get closest to the pin by hitting a lob shot over a large wall; a putting contest; closest to the pin; and a long drive championship.
Local celebrities include current and former Tampa Bay Rays David Price and Andy Sonnanstine; former Tampa Bay Lightning Daren Puppa and Pat Jablonski; Whit Watson and Win McMurry from the Golf Channel; and heavy metal rockers Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) and Shawn Drover (Megadeath). Other local celebrities will also participate.
“Our Golfest event has become established as one of the most popular demo days and expo gatherings anywhere in Florida,” Johnson said. “We look forward to welcoming many familiar faces who have attended the first three Golfest events.”