Tag Archives: golf resorts

Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa

Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Harbor, Florida, is part of the Salamander Golf Collection, an unparalleled group of Florida golf resorts which includes Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort on the Palm Coast.

At Innisbrook,  Copperhead, the most famous of the four golf courses on property, is home to the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship.  Copperhead golf architect Lawrence Packard says,

Copperhead is a tough golf course but it is fair. I designed it so if you hit a good shot you will be rewarded. There are no gimmicks. I wanted you to have to use every club in your bag.

Hole 4 at Copperhead

With the pine tree-lined fairways, Copperhead feels more like the Carolinas than Florida. The natural beauty and challenges are the result of the surrounding lakes and ponds, home to abundant wildlife, including fox squirrels, bald eagles, alligators, blue herons, and many other types of waterfowl. The greens are TifEagle Bermuda Grass – an exceptional putting surface favored by PGA TOUR professionals.

The Snake Pit at Copperhead

Among the toughest 3 finishing holes on the PGA TOUR,  holes 16,17 and 18 are dubbed the “Snake Pit”.

Fairway at Copperhead

As an Innisbrook guest, you can golf Copperhead up to a week before the Valspar Championship. If you can’t get a tee time on Copperhead, take advantage of the three other championship layouts, The Island Course,  the South Course, and the updated North Course. Innovative and imaginative  golf course architect, Lawrence Packard designed all four Innisbrook Resort golf courses.

With a full kitchen, living room and dining room and on-site laundry, the spacious villas at Innisbrook are perfect for a family or a guys golf getaway. The three-storey villas are all named after world-famous golf courses.

Packard’s Steakhouse at Innisbrook

After your round, have a Snakepit Mary cocktail at Packard’s Steakhouse – a tasty variation on a Bloody Mary – known in Canada as a Caesar, when Clamato is substituted for tomato juice.  Whatever you order, don’t miss the Kona Crusted Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops.  Other on-site dining options include the Market Salamander Grille  for breakfast and the Osprey Bar for a great happy hour.

The Salamander Spa at Innisbrook

Innisbrook offers complimentary shuttle service throughout the large property. Recommendations include Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play,” and Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Golf Resorts in America”.

Travel Planner

  • The Valspar Championship March 8–11, 2018
  • Innisbrook Golf Resort and Spa
    36750 U.S. Highway 19 North
    Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Visit Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

Early travellers were drawn to Colorado Springs for the high altitude, sunshine, mineral waters, and dry climate. Present-day travellers visit for many of the same reasons.  At 6,035 ft., Colorado Springs  even surpasses Denver, the mile high city. Most travellers fly into Denver International Airport and drive 75 miles (121km) south on Interstate Highway 25 to Colorado Springs, the second largest city in Colorado.

Where to stay

Terrace Garden of the Gods Resort photo credit: John Cameron

For unparalleled views of The Garden of the Gods Park and Pike’s Peak, stay at the luxurious Garden of the Gods Collection. We loved the over-sized, quiet, comfortable suite, the infinity pool, and the delicious breakfasts.

Things to Do

The poetically named Garden of the Gods, containing 300 million years of geologic history, was donated to Colorado Springs in 1909, with the proviso that it be operated permanently as a city park, open to the public.

Climbers in Garden of the Gods Park photo credit: John Cameron

Hiking, biking and horseback riding are popular activities in the 1334-acre park. If you only have time for one trail, the paved Central Garden Trail is the best introduction to the geology and plants of the Garden. Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is a Trip Advisor traveller’s choice for #1 park in the US. Admission to the park and the state of the art visitor center is free.

Kissing Camels Golf Course photo credit: John Cameron

Golf at Kissing Camels Golf Club at Garden of the Gods Collection.   J. Press Maxwell and Mark Rathert designed this challenging, well-routed and well maintained 27-hole championship track.   Five sets of tee boxes (look for the colourful camel markers) make this an enjoyable course for every level of golfer.

Cheyenne Mountain Golf Course photo credit John Cameron

Cheyenne Mountain Resort features an immaculately groomed 18-hole Pete Dye championship track designed to challenge golfers at all skill levels.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort boasts tour-quality greens and broad fairways on a course set beside a private, 35-acre lake. Hole nine is a short par four. Keep your tee ball left for a short approach in and a good opportunity for birdie.

Manitou Springs Stagecoach photo credit: John Cameron

Colorado Springs was named for the natural mineral springs in nearby Manitou Springs. This historic, quirky town is known for its mineral water. Manitou Springs’ visitor center can supply you with a map to the springs and a cup. The eight springs (or fountains) are easily found walking along Manitou Avenue. Each spring has a distinctive taste due to the difference in mineral content. Our favorite is the Shoshone Spring, which has the highest lithium content.

Colorado is teeming with natural hot springs but unfortunately, there are no local options for residents and visitors of Colorado Springs. The nearest hot springs are 2 hours drive, depending on the traffic.