When golfers think about Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., the first course that most often comes to mind the Copperhead, designer Larry Packard’s masterpiece and annual host of the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship.
But the resort – north of Tampa – has more golf to offer than just the Copperhead. Innisbrook’s three other courses, including the Island, North and South, complete a quartet of courses that help make the resort on the of the best in the Southeast.
Following on the 2015 renovation of the Copperhead, the North Course re-opened this past November with new TifEagle Bermuda Grass – the same putting that’s on the Copperhead. The result are firmer, more consistent playing surfaces that Innisbrook Director of Golf Bobby Barnes said have received positive reviews from guests and members.
“Not only are the greens bigger now, but they are healthy and free from any contaminates that have occurred over the past 40 years,’’ Barnes said. “The feedback that we received before the new greens were that the course had a great layout, but was in need of some TLC on the greens. This is no longer the case and having the same putting surfaces as the Copperhead and Island has been a win-win scenario for everyone.’’
The North’s greens, Barnes said, “Came out exactly as we had hoped they would.’’
“You’re always at the mercy of Mother Nature when you take on these types of projects. The growing conditions we experienced this past summer were ideal.’’
Barnes said the North also has seen a “steady rise’’ in rounds played the reopening.
“That has been consistent, and looking ahead this winter, that continues to be the case.’’
The next significant golf course project for Innisbrook will be to redo the South Greens this summer. That project, Barnes said, will be similar to what was done on the North Course.
“This will give us Tiff Eagle on all four of our courses and give our guests and members a proven, consistent putting surface to enjoy for years to come.’’