Best Of 2005

BEST DRIVING RANGE: The Downs Golf Practice Facility

Attached to Tampa Bay Downs, this range sports all-grass tees under a giant awning, and is perfect for practicing your monster drive and long irons. For work on your short game, The Downs has multiple putting and chipping greens guarded by bunkers, including a green you can hit at from 65 yards away. Floodlights keep the duffers swinging past dark, and get this: You can bet on the ponies and practice putting almost simultaneously! Make a wager on horse racing or jai-alai in the pro shop, go out and hit a bucket under the beautiful Florida sky, then head back in to collect your winnings. Golf nirvana — achieved. 11225 Racetrack Road, Tampa, 813-854-4946.