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WEB SITE DOES EVERYTHING BUT CARRY YOUR BAGS THERE: TAMPABAY.COM/GOLF

Our new golf Web site is designed to be one-stop shopping for bay area public courses. Trying to find a course you haven't played before? Trying to find a course near your hotel? Trying to find a course that is not too easy or too hard? Tampabay.com Golf Tour is here to help. Give the site a shot, and here are some things to expect when you get there:

- To make finding a course a little less daunting, we break down the course listing by county: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas. Not only that, there is an option to click on a map to find each course plotted throughout the county. When you click on a particular course, a photo or video of the course comes up, along with a brief description. From there you can scroll down to find contact information, course length and general information such as whether the course has a driving range or a bar and grill. Each course will have a link to its Web site, and there is also a link to get directions.

- On the home page, you will notice a featured course. Video of that course will be displayed prominently so you can get a feel for what it looks like in case you have never played there. There are also six other course videos to the right of the featured course. The courses on the home page will change periodically. We currently have 15 videos on the site: Bardmoor, Mangrove Bay, the Tides, Westchase, Clearwater Country Club, Northdale, Lansbrook, Seven Springs, Bloomingdale, Magnolia Valley, Plantation Palms, World Woods, Cove Cay, Rocky Point and Fox Hollow. Our goal is to get video reviews of all the public courses, and they will be added periodically.

- Just below the featured course is a breakdown by cost. This is just an approximation, and we understand courses change their greens fees depending on the season. And some courses offer coupons that may bring prices down even more. It's always best to check with the course for the current rate, but this list will give you an idea of what you can expect to spend.

- There is also a way to search for courses by name. If you don't know the county but you know the name or the city, type it in the search box and the link will appear. Or, if you want to find a short course or a long course, a hilly course or a flat course, type in a key word and the courses will pop up.

- We also feature a deal of the day. It's hard to keep up with all the courses offering specials, but check periodically to see if a course in your area is offering a special rate.

Rodney Page can be reached at page@sptimes.com, golf@sptimes.com or (727) 893-881.

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