SCORE FOUR

AT IN­NIS­BROOK GOLF RE­SORT

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If va­ri­ety is the spice of life, then In­nis­brook Golf Re­sort in Palm Har­bor, FL, will sat­isfy even the most par­tic­u­lar golf ap­petite. Cov­er­ing 900 wooded acres on Florida’s west coast, In­nis­brook is home to not one, not two, not three, but four taste­fully di­verse golf lay­outs.

Cop­per­head is In­nis­brook’s most fa­mous draw­ing card as the 7,200yard golf course that draws mil­lions of fans on television each March as part of the PGA’s Valspar Cham­pi­onship. What’s great is that In­nis­brook’s golf paradise doesn’t stop at the tour fa­vorite Cop­per­head. The In­nis­brook prop­erty also of­fers three equally pretty sis­ter cour­ses, with their Is­land Course, North Course, and South Course.

Golf, culi­nary, and re­lax­ation di­ver­sions abound at this sun­shine Mecca which has charmed va­ca­tion­ers, golfers, and con­ven­tion at­ten­dees for over 40 years. Lo­cated 30 min­utes north­west of Tampa In­ter­na­tional Air­port, In­nis­brook has grown into a des­ti­na­tion fa­vorite for even the non­golfer. In ad­di­tion to its 620 lodge-style ho­tel rooms, In­nis­brook ameni­ties in­clude three res­tau­rants, a Loch Ness pool for the kids, 100,000-square feet of meet­ing space, and the lux­u­ri­ous Sala­man­der Spa.

Once, Twice, Four Times a Golfer Cop­per­head Course

If you’ve se­cretly longed to play where the big boys and girls play, then the course dubbed “The Snake Pit” is your chance to live the dream. Ernie Els called Cop­per­head “Florida’s best golf re­sort.” Cur­tis Strange placed Cop­per­head on an even higher pedestal when he said, “If I could only play one course for the rest of my life, it would be Cop­per­head.” Cop­per­head will make you pon­der each shot with its abun­dance of sand traps, scenic vis­tas, and one-of-a-kind op­por­tu­nity to recre­ate the same shots you wit­nessed from the game’s greats dur­ing the Valspar Clas­sic.

Is­land Course

In­nis­brook’s Is­land Course is an in­ter­est­ing change of pace from Cop­per­head. The word “is­land” is es­pe­cially preva­lent at the be­gin­ning of the front nine when Lake In­nis­brook comes into play. The Is­land’s back nine fea­tures Pinel­las County’s high­est el­e­va­tion as you take in the view from the 10th green. Your next shot on num­ber 11 fea­tures a se­vere right to left slope, fol­lowed by a wall-to-wall wa­ter guard­ing your ap­proach shot into the green. The back nine’s 16th tee box is home to your best photo op­por­tu­nity as you step next to the tow­er­ing Cop­per­head “Snake Pit” statue.

North Course

In­nis­brook is burst­ing its but­tons with pride over the just com­pleted renovation of the North Course. All 18 greens were re­planted with TifEa­gle Ber­muda grass, the same putting sur­faces the pro­fes­sion­als play in the Valspar Cham­pi­onship. Dur­ing the five month renovation process, the North Course re­vi­tal­iza­tion also in­cluded con­di­tion­ing of the bunkers, over­all man­i­cur­ing, and green ex­pan­sion through­out. This Larry Packard de­sign fea­tures tight fair­ways and a his­toric feel.

South Course

In­nis­brook’s South Course is your chance to take a walk on the wild side. The South Course wild comes in the form of an eclec­tic mix of crea­tures such as peo­ple-friendly fox squir­rels, herons, cranes, rac­coons, osprey, and al­li­ga­tors.

The South Course steps up its wild side per­son­al­ity as it evolves into a links style course on holes 5 through 13. The wild at­ti­tude cul­mi­nates at the end with a rare Par 3, 185-yard fin­ish over the wa­ter on 18.

Go Home With an Im­proved Game

In­nis­brook Re­sort of­fers a wealth of golf pack­ages for the va­ca­tioner and busi­ness meet­ing at­tendee. One of their best op­tions is a Four Day/Three Night Golf In­struc­tion spe­cial at their award-win­ning Golf In­sti­tute.

Led by In­struc­tor Dawn Mercer, In­nis­brook’s Golf In­sti­tute is ranked as one of the Top 25 Golf Schools in Amer­ica by Golf Mag­a­zine. What could be bet­ter than en­joy­ing a Florida va­ca­tion and com­ing home a bet­ter golfer?

Sala­man­der Spa’s Golfers De­light

Af­ter pour­ing your heart and soul into four glo­ri­ous golf rounds at In­nis­brook Golf Re­sort, how does un­wind­ing your mus­cles and re­ju­ve­nat­ing your in­ner golfer sound? The 18,000-square foot Sala­man­der Spa has some­thing spe­cial de­signed just golfers.

In ad­di­tion to their lux­u­ri­ous line of treat­ments, ther­a­pies, fa­cials, man­i­cures, and pedi­cures, the Sala­man­der Spa of­fers a Golfers Mus­cle Mel­ter Massage. This spe­cially de­signed treat­ment relaxes mus­cle ten­sion and mo­bi­lizes joints. This in­vig­o­rat­ing massage uti­lizes pres­sure and light stretch­ing to im­prove range of mo­tion, cir­cu­la­tion, and flex­i­bil­ity.

Hunger Games

You are bound to work up an ap­petite af­ter golf and your re­lax­ing spa ses­sion. So what’s a golfer to do when hunger calls? Packard’s is In­nis­brook’s sig­na­ture restau­rant. Sit­u­ated next to Cop­per­head Golf Course, Packard’s is named af­ter the golf course de­signer who called the re­sort home, and is one of three bistros over­seen by Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Thomas McKin­neyStehr. In­nis­brook’s per­son­able chef will tai­lor a menu to suit your group’s needs.

McK­in­ney-Stehr is a culi­nary risk taker and he’ll pre­pare as many de­light­ful cour­ses as your tummy and imag­i­na­tion han­dle. In­nis­break also has two other strate­gi­cally placed res­tau­rants to sat­isfy your break­fast, lunch, din­ner, and Happy Hour needs.

Score Four for Fore

If you’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced a Florida va­ca­tion getaway, why limit your­self to one course when In­nis­brook Re­sort and Spa de­liv­ers four ter­rific op­tions? You’ll find that play­ing 72 epic golf holes on 900 pris­tine acres is good for the soul. Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Cop­per­head, Is­land, North, and South Golf cour­ses, the chances are ex­cel­lent that your new fa­vorite num­ber is fore.

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