Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort, has re-opened its South Course after a six-month renovation of the putting surfaces on all 18 greens.
The completion of the South Course renovation means that each of the four golf courses at Innisbrook, located in Palm Harbor, Fla., north of Tampa Bay, have been re-turfed with TifEagle Bermudagrass, which is generally stands up well against drought conditions as well as disease.
The renovation honored the original design of course architect Larry Packard and began this past summer. Using a no-till method of turf replacement, the work, according to resort Director of Golf Bobby Barnes, in a firmer, more consistent playing surface – the same that PGA Tour players praise during the annual Valspar Championship on Innisbrook’s famed Copperhead Course.
Each of the greens on the South Course, Barnes said, also were expanded to their original sizes.
“This allows for more pin locations, which is going to reduce foot traffic and help the greens stay healthier longer,’’ Barnes said.
In addition to the greens, the renovation included pruning and trimming some trees along the fairways and the greens, which will help reduce shade and improve air flow.
“We’re very confident all the work we did this past summer will pay off for years to come,’’ Barnes said.