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Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, an award-winning property less than two miles from Tampa Bay and just northeast of the City of Tampa, features 620 rooms and villas, four golf courses and an annual PGA Tour event, the Valspar Championship.
And that’s just the start. The resort has four restaurants, a sports bar, a market and shopping service for in-suite meal preparation, fitness center, salon, swimming pools, water slide, tennis courts and biking and walking trails across its 900 acres. The package of amenities has garnered Innisbrook a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Golf.com’s 2014 Silver Medal and a spot (No. 47) on GolfWeek’s list of top golf resorts. Best of all, Innisbrook is pet-friendly.
But for golfers, the stars at Innisbrook are the resort’s four 18-hole courses, framed by towering pines and blessed with 70 feet of elevation change. The signature course is the 7,300-yard Copperhead Course, where emerging PGA Tour star Jordan Spieth won his first event, the Valspar championship, in a playoff in March 2015 before nailing down majors later in the year. The Island Course, host of an LPGA Tour event, winds through citrus groves, cypress swamps and water hazards. The resort’s more forgiving North and South courses are ideal for snowbirds looking for a mellow test for their first Florida round. The nine-hole Fox Squirrel walking course is the place to take the young ones for a pleasant walk in the park.
Service at Innisbrook is impeccable on all levels. A player rotating across the four courses (five, if you count the Fox Squirrel) can be confident his or her clubs will be at the right course on the right day at the right time. A full practice facility and lesson center offer everything a player working on his or her game could ask for.
Although a car isn’t needed at the resort, a guest with a car can take advantage of everything the Tampa area offers, ranging from Spring Training baseball to the American League’s Tampa Bay Rays to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and, for the surrealists in the group, Tampa’s Salvador Dali Museum.
The Innisbrook Golf Resort opened in 1970 as a full-service destination for golfing groups looking to play year-round and it became the template for similar Southern resorts that opened along the Atlantic Coast in the 1970s and 1980s. Innisbrook underwent a $26 million renovation in 2009 and is now a popular business meeting destination. It is part of the family of Salamander resorts and one stop on the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida’s Legends of Golf Trail, which includes the Hammock Beach Resort near Palm Coast, Fla., on the Atlantic Coast and Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, southwest of Orlando.