Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort, has re-opened its popular South Course after a six-month renovation of the putting surfaces on all 18 greens. The South Course – one of four championship layouts at the Tampa Bay area resort – officially celebrated this milestone recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first tee.
At the ceremony, Innisbrook’s Managing Director Mike Williams said: “We couldn’t be more excited to stand here today, knowing we now offer four courses with the same top-tier putting experience that is preferred by the amazing players we watch all season long on the PGA TOUR. Last year we completed this same renovation on the North Course with great success. Now, with the completion of the South Course greens, golfers will enjoy a consistent putting surface on all 72 holes of golf at the resort. These improvements further underscore the investment and commitment to excellence we have from Owner Sheila Johnson and Salamander Hotels & Resorts.”
From left to right: Dan Paasch, Congressman Bilirakis’ District Aide; Skip Alford - Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce President; Innisbrook Director of Golf Bobby Barnes; Innisbrook Managing Director Mike Williams; Tarpon Springs Mayor Chris Alahouzos; Commissioner Susan Kikta; Commissioner Rea Sieber; Tarpon Springs Economic Dev Mgr. Karen Lemmons
The renovation began in early summer and care was taken to honor the original design of Course Architect Larry Packard. The work has resulted in a firmer, more consistent playing surface, thanks to the no-till method of turf replacement used. The greens were planted with TifEagle Bermuda Grass – the same exceptional putting surface the PGA TOUR professionals rave about annually during the Valspar Championship on Innisbrook’s famed Copperhead Course.
Innisbrook Resort is also in the process of completing an extensive room remodeling project that includes all guest rooms and suites, and which is expected to finish in early 2019.