Lots of avid golfers wonder if they've got what it takes to join the PGA Tour -- the sweet swing, the steely nerves, the sense of justified outrage over crippled competitors being allowed to use carts... Take your golf to a realistically higher level, and join the All Star Golf Tour.
Resurrected by its Saginaw founder after a three-year, crappy-economy-imposed hiatus, the ASGT's a regular-guy's organization that lets duffers of all levels play great courses from Bridlewood to The Golf Club at Champions Circle for cash prizes in weekly tournaments -- thus enabling their wildest PGA fantasies not involving being casually insulted by Fuzzy Zoeller. How it works: first, determine whether you want to play as an "amateur" or "pro", pro simply meaning you've turned in your last four 18-hole scores in order to receive a computer-generated USGA-ish handicap; then pay the tourney entrance fee (includes greens fees + lunch from the club's grill menu) and you're set to compete for either a $1200 grand prize, or, if you're an "amateur", $750 in scrip, redeemable as a gift card at your preferred retailer -- so Lord & Taylor's "Awesome Polyester Shirts and Visors" department's gonna get destroyed. The ASGT will also hold annual weekend-long district tournaments for a $5000 grand prize, as well as an all-district championship for $10K, enough money to actually join a country club...in Forney.
ASGT's also facilitating a la carte skins games, each paying out according to the number of participants; the format's up to the director's discretion, but they range from Gross Skins and Net Nassau Pot to Closest-to-the-Pin and Longest Drive -- which despite the protests of his peers, will always be won by Casey Martin.