What names come to mind when I say “Florida golf resorts?”
Doral? PGA National? Grand Cypress? Bay Hill?
I bet Tampa’s Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club wasn’t one of them.
But maybe it should be.
In addition to starting its third year under new ownership, Innisbrook is located in a lovely, natural setting that is anything but “typical Florida,” and its four golf courses offer one thing in particular that most rival Florida courses can only dream about.
That, of course, is hilly terrain. Hard to find on Florida golf vacations, but something Innisbrook’s re-greened and lengthened Copperhead Course (an annual PGA Tour venue) takes advantage of quite well.
Said the editors of Golf Odyssey in their November 2009 issue:
“In addition to a couple of [architect Lawrence] Packard’s favorite double dogleg par fives, Copperhead features numerous standard doglegs, several tight, tree-lined fairways (especially on the back nine), surprising elevation changes, and big greens. Neither wind nor water, two usually dominant components of Florida golf, is central to the game here.”
Another interesting point they make is that, although it plays second fiddle to Copperhead, the Island Course (also improved with new tee boxes, bunkers, greens and additional length) may actually be a more fun round to play on Florida golf vacations due to its “elegant and dreamy look and greater variety of holes.” This course is hosting an LPGA Legends Tour event on November 20.
Golf Odyssey’s full review also provides insightful thoughts on the resort’s two other golf courses, plus an excellent idea of what you can now expect from Innisbrook’s lodging and dining options if you choose to stay and play here on your Florida golf vacation. This includes the amenities the editors feel still need improvement.
Plus, they explain how you can now play Innisbrook’s four private courses even if you’re not staying at the resort, something that wasn’t possible before.
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And if you have personal experience with the improved Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, feel free to share your comments below.
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