THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-INNISBROOK GOLF RESORT

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Ocean Hammock Beach Resort Palm Coast Florida. With two golf courses, the Conservatory by Tom Watson, and the Ocean Course by Jack Nicklaus. HammockBeach.com

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The Snake Pit Starts on 16 on Copperhead, home of the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour. By: Rory Spears, Editor & Director of Content. Follow Rory on FB & Twitter @GogBlogGuy

The PGA Tour is now back at Innisbrook, why aren’t you. One of the great golf resorts in America is getting ready for the return of the PGA Tour, and the Copperhead Course with the Snake Pit, that makes up holes 16-17-18 is ready for the pro’s and it’s ready to test your game.

Before the pro’s come around in March, or after they leave the time is right for you to play this PGA Tour golf course.

Two of our local Illinois favorite tour players have won on this course. Both Kevin Streelman and Luke Donald have hoisted the trophy here. As the resorts video says, you don’t have to be a long hitter to enjoy Copperhead. It adds that both Streelman and Donald who aren’t long bombers, have both won the championship.

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There is no doubt where you are when you arrive at the Copperhead clubhouse.

While Copperhead is the resorts top golf course, it’s not the only one on the property. The Island course and the North and South courses round out the the four 18 holes courses. There is a short course for juniors and beginners.

Copperhead was designed by the late Larry Packard, who actually celebrated his 100th birthday at Innisbrook in 2012, shortly before he passed away.  Copperhead was one of the some 600 courses that Packard worked on during his long career in golf course architecture. Copperhead is getting a newer look in time for the championship, with all the bunkers getting the new white tour sand. It will look great on TV, and even better when you come play the course for yourself.

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The Par 4, 18th hole on Copperhead. The final hole of the Snake Pit.

There are only so many PGA Tour courses you can play, and Copperhead at Innisbrook is one of them.

Make sure you enjoy dining in the Copperhead Clubhouse, home of Packard’s Steakhouse. How about a nice juicy steak, to enjoy with your favorite cold beverage after golf.

You can go to the resorts website and get tickets to come to the Valspar Championship, if you wish to watch the pro’s as they head through their Florida swing.

While at Innisbrook you can stay in one of the overnight buildings that is named for the great golf courses of the world. The Merion, Maidstone, or Pinehurst buildings. How about the Augusta National, Pine Valley or Cypress Point buildings. Several of the building are named after the the famous courses in Scotland or Ireland.

Why not make Innisbrook in Palm Harbor Florida just north of Tampa, the location for your next golf trip or golf/business venture. See Innisbrookgolfresort.com for more information. Part of the Salamander Hospitality Group.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.