Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort, celebrated the re-opening of its popular and challenging South Course after a renovation of all 18 putting surfaces with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on the first tee November 30. The South is one of four outstanding championship layouts at the beautiful 900 acre resort tucked away from the maddening traffic in the Pinellas County bedroom community of Palm Harbour, Florida, just a few miles north of Clearwater.
The renovation honors the original design of famed golf course architect Larry Packard and includes the large practice putting surface behind the Osprey Clubhouse and the practice greens at the Innisbrook Golf Institute, adjacent to the South. Using a no-till method of turf replacement, the work has resulted in a firmer, more consistent putting surface. The greens were planted with TifEagle Bermuda grass- the same exceptional surface the PGA TOUR professionals rave about during the playing of the Valspar Championship on the Innisbrook’s famed Copperhead golf course. The 2019 event will be held March 20-24th with last year’s winner, Englishman Paul Casey, defending.
“We couldn’t be more excited to stand here today, knowing we now offer four championship courses with the same top tier putting experience that is preferred by the amazing players we watch all season long on the PGA TOUR,” said Innisbrook’s Managing Director Mike Williams. “Last year we completed the same renovation on the North Course(also known as Baby Copperhead) with great success. Now with the completion of the greens on the South Course, golfers can enjoy a consistent putting surface on all 72 holes of golf at Innisbrook. These improvements further underscore the commitment and investment of our owner, Sheila Johnson, and Salamander Hotels and Resorts.”
The renovation project also included the reconditioning of the bunkers and greens’ surrounds, clearing all storm canals, trimming of shrubbery and pruning of trees to reduce shading. Sizes of many of the greens were also expanded where shrinkage had occurred over the years which allowed for more pin placements now.
Innisbrook, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is also in the process of an extensive room remodeling project that includes all guest rooms and suites, which is expected to be completed early 2019, ready for the playing of the Valspar Championship.
Innisbrook is located 30 minutes from either the Tampa International Airport or the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport. Besides the 72 holes of golf and the spacious accommodations, the Resort has four fine restaurants, three bars, eleven tennis courts, six heated pools including the Loch Ness Monster Water Park, the luxurious Salamander Spa with twelve treatment rooms, sauna, state-of-the-art Fitness Center, a nature preserve and three conference halls with over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and function space.
To make your reservation, tee times or for additional information call 727-942-2000 or visit InnisbrookGolfResort.com.