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Emerald Greens golf resort adds spa, fitness center

The Emerald Greens Resort and Country Club has added a spa in an effort to establish itself as a vacation destination for golfers and nongolfers alike.

The strategy seems to be working, according to sales and marketing director Traci Sherman, who says that package bookings and advance reservations have increased since the spa opened.

Guests at the 50 villas in the Carrollwood Village resort can spend the day on three nine-hole, par 36 courses while riding the fairways in air-conditioned golf carts. Or they can luxuriate at the Oasis Day Spa and Fitness Center.

Resort guests and club members will find cardio equipment, strength training units, free weights, treadmills, personal training and group classes.

Services include:

• Emerald Greens Essential Facial, a 65-minute skin analysis, cleansing, exfoliation with steam and relaxing massage for $85.

• Just for Men facial with deep cleansing, exfoliation with steam, and face, shoulder and scalp massage at $75 for 50 minutes.

Some packages include accommodations, a massage or a facial, and a spa robe for about $370 per night. That rate drops dramatically the longer the guest stays. Call (813) 961-9400.

TPC golf club is sold

Golfers in Cheval have a new landlord: PGA Tour sold its property to Heritage Golf Group of California in March for $5.5-million.

TPC Tampa Bay, at 5300 W Lutz-Lake Fern Road, was previously known as the Tournament Players Club at Cheval and had been owned by the PGA since 1994. It was also home to the Champion Tournament. Call (813) 949-0090

No more Rice & Co.

Rice & Co., the once popular, hip restaurant specializing in a wide assortment of Pan-Asian food, has closed.

The phone number is disconnected, and what was once the restaurant's Web page is now an Internet gateway to other sites.

Know a company that's just opened, relocated, or closed? Contact reporter Sheryl Kay at (813) 230-8788 or

skreporter@hotmail.com.

Emerald Greens golf resort adds spa, fitness center 05/22/08 [Last modified: Thursday, May 22, 2008 4:35am]

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