This week on the Florida Swing, the PGA Tour is bringing the best golfers in the world and international attention to one of my favorite golf resorts anywhere, Innisbrook.
The Transitions Championship will be played there this Thursday through Sunday, and the Copperhead course will be in the world spotlight. Now, the Copperhead is a famous course that even PGA Tour pros gush about, so I want to talk about the resort's other courses today.
There's a good chance you'll be inspired to spend some time at the resort after watching the tournament this week, and I want to give you a glimpse of what you can expect.
- The Island course is the resort's other "marquee" layout. It's the original layout, and the new owners have poured money into it. The Island course would be the star at many other resorts – a challenging, scenic track that plays around Lake Innisbrook.
- The North course: I've been playing this course since they called it Highlands North and before that, Hawk's Run. It's several strokes easier than the two marquee courses – and much flatter than the other two semi-rolling tracks – but architect Larry Packard built in the same fun, risk-reward options he installed in the Copperhead.
It's a shot-maker's layout, with tight fairways and well-protected greens, and some short, enticing par-4s.
- The South course starts out like the others, with lush, tree-lined fairways. But, it opens up when it hits No. 5 a par-3, and you're confronted with wide-open prairies and wild grasses fronting pot bunkers. Suddenly, you're in Scotland playing a links course. The wind can be a factor off the Gulf of Mexico, but I love the South course because you can blast away with your driver to your heart's content.
- The Fox Squirrel course is a short, nine-hole walking track built for family fun. It's created for all ages, no skills required, which suits me well. The Fox Squirrel opens at 4 p.m. starting every Memorial Day weekend. Kids play free with paying adults.
This is a great place for families, buddy trips or even serious golfers. Call 727-942-2000 for more info.
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