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Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course recognized as one of Golf Digest’s “Top 100 You Can Play”

Larry Packard design one of only five Florida courses on esteemed list
INNISBROOK, FL – Golf course raters agree with their professional playing counterparts – Innisbrook’s famed Copperhead Course is one of the nation’s finest!
The host venue for the annual PGA TOUR’s Transitions Championship, the par 71, 7,340-yard Copperhead has been recognized as one of Golf Digest’s “Top 100 You Can Play.” It is one of only five Florida courses on the list, which is among the most respected and longest-running industry course rankings.
Designed by Larry Packard, Copperhead is routinely praised by professionals who challenge its lengthy, rolling terrain, including World Number One Martin Kaymer, who recently told a worldwide TV audience that the course was the best he’d played in the United States.
“Achieving this type of recognition from such an esteemed publication as Golf Digest, following on from the wonderful comments we received from the world’s best players, is a reflection of the positive changes we have recently made at Innisbrook,” said Resort Managing Director Lloyd Williams.
Like all four courses at Innisbrook, Copperhead features numerous elevation changes with many uphill and downhill tee shots, which encourages creative shot making. The surrounding lakes, ponds and swamp lands are home to abundant wildlife, including fox squirrels, Canadian geese, alligators, raccoons, blue herons, and many other types of water fowl. The last three holes have recently been re-named “The Snake Pit” because of their challenging nature.
Innisbrook is located on Florida’s west coast just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Owned by Sheila C. Johnson and managed by Salamander Hospitality, the resort recently completed over $26 million in resort-wide renovations to include new restaurants and a gourmet market, the addition of a new 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, and enhancements to its golf courses, clubhouses, lodging, and recreation and tennis facilities. Featuring four courses and over 600 suite accommodations, it is renowned as a golf destination, hosting the LPGA Legends Tour Open on its Island Course, in addition to the Transitions Championship each March.
To make reservations at Innisbrook, or for additional information, call 727.942.2000 or visit  
About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Operated by Salamander Hospitality, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport.  Recently and completely renovated, the resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 608 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the new luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space.  The resort hosts the annual PGA TOUR Transitions Championship at its famed Copperhead Course, and the LPGA-supported ISPA Legends Tour Open Championship, held annually at the equally challenging Island Course.  Innisbrook is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and Preferred Golf Club programs.  For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit  
About Salamander Hospitality
Salamander Hospitality is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio currently includes the recently renovated Innisbrook resort near Tampa, FL., host to the PGA TOUR Transitions Championship every March and the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship in November; Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only six properties in North America to hold Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining; and the under-construction Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-themed resort located near Washington, D.C. Salamander Hospitality also operates Market Salamander, a division of gourmet prepared food markets with locations in Middleburg and Innisbrook, the retail website, and Salamander Touch, a boutique lifestyle store in Middleburg. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

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