Champions At The TPC Tampa

by Jeff Skinner

It’s always a thrill to play a course the pros play even though it may be an overwhelming experience on occasion.  With the Champions Tour calling The TPC Tampa Bay home this weekend I can recall the exciting and humbling round of golf I played there this past February.  I was in the Tampa/Brooksville area with my brother and brother-in law and we were able to survive the wind and water that make TPC Tampa so challenging.

Here’s a tip if you want to have the course to yourself: make a very early tee time, like 7:00am on an unusually cool day.   It was in the forties when we teed off and we were the only ones on the course.  For us Northerners it wasn’t that bad but there were no locals to be found.  I guess when you have warm weather all year you can be choosy about the temperature.  A few layers of sweaters and jackets and we were fine.  But then that Florida wind kicked up and really tested us.  The course is a great layout and for the middle of the Florida winter was in excellent condition (See my review from last year).

We played well enough to give us a few good memories and I’m sure the pros are just as excited to play a course that I played on.  The even get paid for it.

Double Click on the video to see a “cups view” of my par on the 17th.  My brother and brother-in-law thought it was great and so did I.


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