Originally created by Donald Ross, the championship Vinoy Golf Course was recently redesigned by Ron Garl, who believes that a course should, “. . .sit softly on the land.” Garl’s layouts, which includes several of Florida’s top 50 courses, artfully employ the unique characteristics of the natural terrain, while adhering to sensitive land management. The Vinoy's beautifully manicured and scenic greens, a testament to his success, are home to a colorful variety of birds and wildlife. As stimulating to play as it is enjoyable to view, the 18-hole, par-72 course challenges serious golfers while providing an enjoyable round for casual players. A driving range, practice putting green, bunker and chipping area help you hone your game. The course is located on picturesque Snell Isle, just minutes from the resort. Its clubhouse is another historic treasure, an ornate collection of Spanish and Moorish Renaissance influences that was once a section of a European palace and was brought to St. Petersburg in 1925 by local developer Perry Snell. Designed as a replica of a mosque and open-air market, it features minarets, heavily bracketed cornices, horseshoe and keyhole arches and onion domes.