Salamander Hotels & Resorts is renovating the putting surfaces to each of its 18 greens of the popular North Course at Innisbrook Resort, near Tampa Bay. The process, using a no-till method of turf replacement, is expected to result in a firmer, more consistent playing surface.
The greens will be planted with TifEagle Bermuda Grass – the same putting surface on the resort’s famed Copperhead Course – home to the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship.
“We couldn’t be more excited to watch the renovation process take place over the summer months,’’ said Innisbrook’s Managing Director Mike Williams. “As a company, we strive to continually improve our amenities and this project reflects our commitment to always make sure our guests and members enjoy one of the finest golf experiences in the country.”
Williams said the renovation project will also include conditioning of the bunkers, general maintenance and clearing of all storm canals, and trimming and pruning to reduce shading and create access to the greens as originally designed by Larry Packard. The size of the greens will also be expanded where shrinkage has occurred over the years, allowing for additional pin placements.
The North Course is one of four championship golf courses at Innisbrook Resort. The Copperhead Course underwent a comprehensive restoration in 2015 that included included a re-grassing of all fairways and rough, the rebuilding of each green, and reshaping of the bunkers.