Closer look: The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort in Tampa has fangs
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort near Tampa is one of Florida's top public-access golf courses and a regular host to the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship on the Florida Swing.
Playing 7,340 yards with five par 3s, the length and hole variety -- as well as terrain that is far more undulating than most area courses -- make for a great challenge. The course is a traditional parkland-style design that is largely void of any type of residential component. The course debuted in 1974 and was designed by still local resident Larry Packard, who designed all four 18-hole courses at Innisbrook.
The Florida Swing is known for its difficult closing stretches of holes, and the Copperhead is no exception. The "Snake Pit" begins on the 16th hole, a narrow, dogleg right around water. This long par 4 is followed by a 215-yard par 3 and finally an uphill closing hole that plays as long as 445 yards.
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