Innisbrook Golf Resort, Copperhead Course Take Center Stage During PGA Tour’s Florida Swing


The PGA Tour’s Florida swing was sadly cut short, causing a cancellation of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor. The famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort will be back to challenge the world’s best players, including defending champ Paul Casey, next season.

A perennial favorite of TOUR players. NBC analyst Mark Rolfing once referred to Copperhead as a “navigator’s course” due to the station-to-station strategy required to go low. The emphasis on shot-making is prevalent throughout Innisbrook’s golf course lineup, including the now 7,200-yard Island Course and the renovated North Course (dubbed “little Copperhead).

No. 17 on Copperhead

Just minutes from Tampa International and easy to access via U.S. 41, Innisbrook is also a favorite of traveling golfers in search of a true set-it-and-forget it destination. Once “inside the gates” there’s really no reason to leave until it’s time to, well, leave.

Innisbrook is now a Salamander Resort, and the Sheila Johnson-owned hospitality company takes luxury lodging very seriously. It recently completed a comprehensive remodeling of its spacious guest accommodations, just in time for the popular winter golf season.

The resort completed extensive upgrades to the interior of its executive-, one- and two-bedroom condo-style suites to feature an appealing and modern look. Each unit has been completely refreshed to receive all new furniture, furnishings, flooring, stainless-steel appliances, quartz counters, cabinets, lighting, draperies and more. The resort’s condo-style accommodations feature complete kitchens and private balconies overlooking the golf courses and rolling landscape.

“Innisbrook has been a revered destination for golfers, families and conference groups for nearly 50 years, and the upgrades made to our accommodations have already received rave reviews,” said managing director Mike Williams. “These improvements are just another testament to our commitment to delivering a superior guest experience.”

New guestroom at Innisbrook

Innisbrook’s suites, which are located in low-rise lodge buildings, have retained their unique exterior design. They are intended to blend into the property’s 900 wooded acres through the use of a “back-to-nature” style of architecture, and the buildings deliberately sit below the treetops to offer a sense of seclusion for the guest.

The resort is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. After it opened in 1970, the Tampa Bay area property quickly vaulted into the echelons of the country’s finest golf resorts and has remained there ever since. The resort has also hosted a nationally televised PGA Tour (now the aforementioned Valspar Championship event on its Copperhead Course for the past 30 years.

Guests can experience the freshly remodeled suites through a variety of offers including select value dates that are perfect for both the leisure and business traveler, the Preferred Golf Package , or one of the resort’s Meeting Package Specials for groups and special events.

When they aren’t sleeping or playing golf, there are plenty of other pursuits at Innisbrook. Four restaurants and three bars await the hungry, while the Innisbrook Golf Institute is an excellent option for those in need of a little game improvement while on property. Golfers seeking “R & R” between rounds flock to the Salamander Spa.

Innisbrook just announced a new Tournament Package for the spring that is chock-full of value. It includes:

-One round of golf per person per night of stay on the tournament-ready Copperhead Course*
-Same day second-round replay only $35 (not including Copperhead)
-$10 merchandise credit
-Advanced starting times at time of reservation
-Unlimited use of practice facilities
-Club storage and locker room service

-Inclusive of Resort Fee

Shane Sharp

Shane Sharp is a longtime golf writer based in Greenville, S.C. In addition to running his content marketing business, Southbound 4, he's a regular contributor to GOLF Magazine, Golf Inc., Club Management and other golf magazines and websites.

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