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Eighteen holes by the bay

Story and photos by Senior Airman Robin Drake
Thunderbolt staff writer
Photo by Senior Airman Robin Drake

Golfers on the 13th hole of the Bay Course tee off during the Police Unity Tour Tournament Aug. 5. The Bay Course is one of two courses here that offer recreational opportunities for active duty, reservists and retirees alike.

Photo by Senior Airman Robin Drake

One of the special agents with the Department of Homeland Security putts for par on hole 12 while his partners watch intently. The four-man scramble was held to raise money for officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

Photo by Senior Airman Robin Drake

Raccoons are a common sight on the courses. This one is enjoying his stolen snack in the shade near hole 17.

Photo by Senior Airman Robin Drake

From beautiful bay views to cart paths over marshy areas, the Bay Course offers plenty of variety.

Photo by Senior Airman Robin Drake

One of the benefits of being located in Tampa Bay is the opportunity for year-round golfing. Currently $100 will get an active-duty member and three guests one round.

Photo by Senior Airman Robin Drake

The Pro Shop offers a variety of services from equipment rentals to retail sales.

Photo by Senior Airman Robin Drake

The Bay Palms Golf Complex is offering free 10-minute lessons guaranteed to add 30 yards to your drive.

The Bay Palms Golf Complex offers two 18-hole, par 72 courses for patrons to enjoy. Additional amenities include a 24-hour a day lighted driving range, a lighted practice putting green and a practice chipping green.

The complex is south of the Base Hospital and features a 12,500 square foot clubhouse. Located inside the facility is a tournament room, a pro shop, restrooms with a locker area and a snack bar.

The "Main Course" offers dine-in or carry-out service. Daily specials include a variety of selections, which range from Italian, Western, Mexican, Oriental and seafood specialties.

The pro shop offers group and private golf lessons, equipment and cart rentals. There is also a wide variety of name-brand clubs, shoes, apparel and accessories. Gift certificates may also be purchased at the pro shop. Call 840-6904, or go online to www.macdill-services.com/baypalmsgolf.htm for details.

Tournament planning services are also available. Base policy now allows the general public to schedule use of the courses for tournaments.

Hours of operation are: April through October, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and November through March, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



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