North Course at Innisbrook Re-Opens After Renovation PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

A few weeks back in November, Innisbrook unveiled their newly renovated

North Course, also known as "Little Copperhead". Owned and operated by

Sheila Johnson's Salamander Resorts, Innisbrook's media event was day two

of grand re-openings for the resort company. Just a day earlier and 200 miles

northeast in the city of Palm Coast, the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort

re-opened after a 13 month extensive overhaul. The renovation at Innisbrook

wasn't nearly as extensive, but was deemed necessary due to years of wear

and tear to one of the resorts most played courses. The most noticeable facet

of the six month project is the new Tif-Eagle Bermuda greens that now play

firm and fast providing a much more consistent putting experience.


Innisbrook's Managing Director Mike Williams who returned to the resort

after more than two decades away (when it was part of the Hilton portfolio),

returned to Innisbrook because of his passion for the Tampa area and the resort.

Williams spoke about the North Course renovation that focused on the greens:

"The North course is re-opening with exceptional putting surfaces that our

guests and members will truly enjoy playing. We never rest on our success

as a nationally recognized PGA Tour venue, and the popularity of the North

Course offers yet another championship golf venue that attracts golfers from

all over the world. We replaced all 18 greens, and it was a project that was

tremendously successful, on time and under budget."





Known as "Little Copperhead" because a portion of the North when it was first

designed by Larry Packard was orginally part of the Copperhead Course. The

renovation also included bunker re-conditioning, clearing of storm canals, tree

work and expanding greens back to their original size to allow for more pin





The flagship of Innisbrook Resort is the Copperhead.




The North is one of four courses at Innisbrook, which also includes the Island,

South and Copperhead Course - home of the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship.

In addition to Championship golf, Innisbrook also features 500 guest rooms and

suites, four restaurants, three bars, tennis facility, the Salamander Spa, Fitness

Center, six heated swimming pools, nature preserve, and three conference halls

with 100k square feet of meeting space.


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