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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
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
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
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
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
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”.

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  • The Valspar Championship March 8–11, 2018
  • Innisbrook Golf Resort and Spa
    36750 U.S. Highway 19 North
    Palm Harbor, FL 34684
    888-794-8627

PGA TOUR returns to Silverado

What if a PGA tour pro had a golf resort?

You’d walk from your room to the first tee and play a challenging course with beautifully maintained greens that roll pure and true. After your round, you’d enjoy a gourmet meal paired with a Napa Valley wine.

Morning fog at Silverado
Morning fog at Silverado

If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, top NBC golf analyst and Silverado co-owner Johnny Miller has got your number. Golf Week voted Napa’s Silverado Resort and Spa  as one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses.”  Non-golfers won’t be bored either. Silverado was named one of the top 50 tennis resorts by Tennis Magazine and Best Spa by About.com readers.

Silverado Patio Terrace
Silverado Patio Terrace

Robert Trent Jones designed the North course, renovated in 2011 by World Golf Hall of Fame Member Johnny Miller. The par-72 layout plays 7,226 yards from the tournament tees.

No strangers to wine country, both the PGA and Champions Tour have played a combined 28 tournaments at Silverado. Returning to Napa for the first time since 1980, The PGA Tour played The Frys.com Open at Silverado  in 2014 and 2015.

Safeway became the title sponsor in 2016 and this year, two-time major champion John Daly and RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion Jamie Sadlowski,  have both accepted sponsor invitations to play in the 2017 Safeway Open.

Great spots on the course to view the action

  • The 13th Tee allows you to see 13th Tee, 6th Tee and 12th Green.
  • The 8th Green allows you to also see the 9th Tee Box.

Check out Johnny Miller’s winning clubs on display in the pro shop lobby.

Johnny Miller's Golf Bags
Johnny Miller’s Golf Bags

 

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Safeway Open October 2-8, 2017

Silverado Resort and Spa     1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa CA   707-257-0200