Scenery and challenge make the Island golf course at Innisbrook resort a Tampa-area must-play
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Located near the heart of Tampa, Innisbrook resort features four 18-hole golf courses, including the Island Course. While the PGA Tour plays the Transitions Championship on the nearby Copperhead, the Island was the original host course for the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship. It's also played host to NCAA tournaments and U.S. Open qualifiers.
Designed by Larry Packard and opened in 1970, the Island was recently renovated and the length was expanded to over 7,300 yards from the tournament tees, so it's a serious challenger to the Copperhead for the resort's best golf course. The course begins on flat, low-lying ground that is full of small lakes and borders Lake Innisbrook. But after "Cypress Tunnel," a long par 4 through a chute of Cypress trees, the course then begins to get hilly for the rest of the round. The par-5 seventh hole trudges uphill from about 200 yards in, and the ninth hole plays from a fairway well above a green guarded by water. From start to finish, the course is awash in mature trees and birdlife.
In addition to the Island and Copperhead, Innisbrook also features the North and South Courses, both of which are a little shorter and for resort golfers. Additionally, the Fox Squirrel Course is a nine-hole family walking course.
- Destination Guide: Great golf and more in the Tampa area
- At Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort near Tampa, the South Course rises to the challenge
- Innisbrook's Copperhead Course: Play where the pros play
- North Course is the perfect opening play at Innisbrook