Inside the course: Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club

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March 12, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Ryan Stewart
Original architect Larry Packard (1971)
Par value 71
Number of TOUR events as host venue 13 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 27 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,340 (2004-present)
  7,315 (2003)
  7,295 (2000-2002)
Grass Bermudagrass (Tees, fairways, greens, rough); Perennial ryegrass (Tees, fairways, rough); Poa annua (Fairways); Poa trivialis (Greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 ft
Sand bunkers 75
Water hazards 9
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Jeff Sluman
Mark Calcavecchia
Year
2004
2007
Round
1st
3rd
Finish
T20
Won
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Cameron Tringale 8 2011
Scott Stallings 8 2011
Justin Leonard 13 2010
Ryan Moore 17 2007
Jonathan Kaye 17 2004
Mathias Gronberg 15 2004
Stewart Cink 8 2003
2011 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 460-yard 16th No. 16 is Copperhead's most intimidating par 4, with water stretching the entire right side. A well-positioned tee shot sets up a long second shot to a wide green.
2011: 0 eagles, 45 birdies, 275 pars, 85 bogeys, 19 double bogeys, 7 others.
Easiest hole
The par-5 560-yard 1st Copperhead opens with a double-dogleg, par-5 hole. The placement of the second shot is necessary to set-up a birdie opportunity.
2011: 5 eagles, 174 birdies, 226 pars, 26 bogeys, 0 double bogeys and 0 others.
Innisbrook Resort2011 rankings Last 12 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 5 552 4.633 18 4.691 18
2 4 435 4.023 10 4.132 5
3 4 455 4.067 6 4.185 3
4 3 195 2.977 12 3.018 13
5 5 605 4.842 15 4.954 15
6 4 465 4.097 4 4.229 2
7 4 420 3.961 13 4.054 12
8 3 235 3.116 3 3.141 4
9 4 430 4.026 9 4.078 11
10 4 445 4.063 8 4.105 9
11 5 575 4.766 17 4.791 17
12 4 380 3.93 14 3.982 14
13 3 200 3.067 6 3.125 8
14 5 590 4.789 16 4.795 16
15 3 215 3.005 11 3.099 10
16 4 475 4.234 1 4.289 1
17 3 215 3.139 2 3.127 7
18 4 445 4.081 5 4.129 6
Course origins
The Copperhead course is part of a 72-hole complex with natural elevation changes that range up to 80 feet. This elevation change is very unusual for Southwest Florida, especially along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Copperhead course opened in 1974 and was restored in 1999, two years after it was purchased by Westin, Inc. The goal of the restoration project was to regain the shot values and still challenge today's longer-hitting PGA TOUR players when Innisbrook hosts TOUR events. The plan involved refurbishing all 18 greens, restructuring many of the bunkers, removing some trees around the greens to improve air movement and sunlight and clearing out undergrowth between fairways. The length of the golf course is the most visible change from 7,295 to 7,340 yards by the addition of tournament tees on five holes. A reported $500,000 was spent, and the course re-opened just in time for the 1999 JCPenney Classic.
With its unusual elevation changes, the natural setting of the Copperhead course will probably remind you of a Carolina layout rather than Florida's West Coast. --Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club Palm Harbor, Fla. 2000-present

The TOUR hits its next Florida stop this week for the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla. Learn more about this venue.

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