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Awards & Accolades

TripAdvisor

2015 Winner Certificate of Excellence Award

Leisure Travel

  • Golf.com, Silver Medal Resort (2014)

NORTH COURSE

  • Golf Digest, Best Places to Play Ratings: 3.5 Stars (2008)

ISLAND COURSE

  • Host of the Legends Tour Open Championship

  • Golf Digest, Best Places to Play Ratings: 4.5 Stars (2008)

COPPERHEAD COURSE – 11 major awards & honors, including:

  • Host of the annual PGA TOUR Valspar Championship Presented by BB&T

  • Golfweek, Best Resort Courses - No. 47 (2014)

  • Golfweek, Best Courses You Can Play - No. 6 in Florida (2013)

  • Golfweek, Best Courses You Can Play – No. 3 in Florida (2012)

  • Golfweek, Best Courses You Can Play (2011)

  • Golf Digest, Top 100 You Can Play (2011)

  • 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses #93 – only one of five in Florida (2011)

  • Best Places to Play Ratings: Copperhead 4.5 Stars (2008)

  • Golf Magazine, Top 100 Courses You Can Play (2008)

  • GolfLink, Top 100 Golf Courses in the World – No. 16 (2008, 2009)

  • Golf World, Reader’s Choice Awards, One of the Top 50 Golf Facilities in the U.S. (2009, 2010)

SOUTH COURSE

  • Golf Digest, Best Places to Play Ratings: 3.5 Stars (2008)

Golf

  • Rolling Out the Green Carpet™ Certification - National Women’s Golf Alliance (2013)

  • Golf Magazine, Silver Medal Resort (2010)

  • Golf World, Readers’ Choice Top 50 Golf Resorts (2009)

Meetings

  • Corporate & Incentive Travel, Greens of Distinction (2009, 2012, 2013)

  • Meetings & Conventions Hall of Fame Inductee, Gold Key

  • Corporate & Incentive Travel, Award of Excellence (2008, 2010)

  • Successful Meetings, Pinnacle Award (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)

  • Meetings & Conventions, Gold Key Award (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)

  • Preferred Hotels, GIFFTS Pineapple (2010)

  • Meetings & Conventions Gold Tee (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2014)

  • Meeting News Planners’ Choice Awards (2009, 2010)

Testimonials

  • “Service, Sun and Style”

    5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013
    My husband and I visited Innisbrook for our 10th wedding Anniversary in April. As we drove in we were impressed by the gardens and lushness of the landscape. Entering the lobby to check in, we were welcomed with open arms and absolutely awesome customer service which continued throughout our entire 5 day stay. Truly exceptional customer service at every single turn. We loved the food in all the establishments. LOVED Packards steak house (exceptional service, wine menu and food) and dining on the deck fireside with live music at the main clubhouse and restaurant. The spa is high quality and elegant. I loved my massage and facial. I want to come visit again with all my girl friends for a spa and relaxation get away. It was one of the nicest vacations I have ever spent.

    - Trip Advisor Review
  • “BY FAR THE MOST FABULOUS GOLF RESORT IN THE UNITED STATES”

    5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013
    Our room was simply beautiful and immaculate. The grounds are landscaped like a paradise. The golf courses were pristine and green yet not too Southern Feeling. They felt like northern courses with tropical beauty. We loved the food and outdoor entertainment up at the lounge and restaurant. We enjoyed eating breakfast overlooking the gorgeous greens. My husband and his golf friends said all the courses were beautifully maintained and challenging. There are several swimming pools to select from. There is one that has a water slide and waterfall and mini beach… The fitness center is well equipped with classy touches like coffee in the a.m. and cold water. The spa is high quality and elegant. I loved my massage and facial. I want to come visit again with all my girl friends for a spa and relaxation get away. It was one of the nicest vacations I have ever spent.

    - Trip Advisor Review
  • “A great golf and spa getaway”

    5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013
    Very nice resort. Our accommodation was a king suite, living room, dining are, kitchen and bedroom with king bed, patio. Fully equipped unit. Very clean and decorated nicely. Arrival was pleasant, staff very welcoming and professional, we arrived early and were able to check in. Our spa appointments were wonderful, all the staff was friendly and professional as well. Had tee time at South Course and pro shop staff was accommodating and made you feel special. Also had tee time on our last day at Copperhead Course and again were treated special. Overall a great experience and look forward to a return visit!

    - Trip Advisor Review

In the News

Top 10 Top 10

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:26 AM - LINKS Magazine
Of all of David Letterman's recurring comedy bits, perhaps none is more adored than his Top Ten lists, which began in 1985 with the "Top Ten Words That Almost Rhyme With Peas." In honor of his final show tonight, here are LINKS Insider newsletter's most popular top 10 lists over the last year and a half.

People on the Move: Nancy Murphy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:27 AM - Orlando Business Journal
Nancy Murphy joined Salamander Hotels & Resorts as regional sales manager and is responsible for selling Salamander’s resort collection to key accounts in Georgia and North Carolina.

People on the Move

Friday, May 15, 2015 10:12 AM - HOTELS Magazine
Salamander Hotels & Resorts appointed Eric Gavin chief sales and marketing officer, and Tania Lynn, Nancy Murphy and Wendy Wade regional sales managers.

Salamander Hotels & Resorts Appoints New Regional Sales Managers for its Expanding Resort Collection

Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:00 PM
Tania Lynn  FLORIDA – Salamander Hotels & Resorts has appointed Tania Lynn, Nancy Murphy and Wendy Wade as regional sales managers for Salamander’s growing resort collection.  

Innisbrook's classic Copperhead Course undergoing renovation

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 12:06 PM - Examiner.com
Even the best golf courses need a makeover from time to time. The great Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., is no exception. The masterwork of architect Larry Packard – one of the more unheralded architects of his time despite his work on more than 600 projects - the Copperhead closed earlier this month for a six-month renovation. When it re-opens Nov. 1, the course will feature a new drainage system, new Celebration Bermudagrass turf on its tee boxes and fairways, and a new strain of TifEagle on the greens.

A Grand Golf Getaway at the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida

Thursday, April 23, 2015 10:14 AM - Golfing Magazine
If you are looking for a top shelf, all-inclusive, well-rounded golfing and fun-packed getaway, then you have to try out the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, a Salamander Collection that features Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast.

Innisbrook Resort, The Valspar Championship and the New England Connection

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 11:14 AM - New England Golf Monthly
Innisbrook Resort, the sprawling 900 acre destination located in Palm Harbor, just north of Tampa Bay, is home to four golf courses including The Copperhead where the Valspar Championship is contested. The Copperhead is consistently held in high regard by PGA Tour pros and is always ranked in the top 100 courses in the United States and in the top 5 of Florida’s best by national golf publications.

New TifEagle Greens at Bay Hill, Copperhead Courses

Monday, April 13, 2015 11:10 AM - TheLedger.com
Also, greens on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort are being rebuilt as part of a course restoration project starting in May and continuing until October. Greens, fairways and rough will be regrassed, and bunkers will be reshaped on the Copperhead, home to the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship in March. Greens will be planted with TifEagle Bermuda and restored to original size in Larry Packard’s design, which will enable more pin placements.

Titans of the Game

Monday, April 06, 2015 9:00 PM - New England Golf Monthly
The passion and vision Sheila Johnson, owner of Salamander Resort properties, possesses goes well beyond golf and business.

100 Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

Thursday, April 02, 2015 10:04 AM - Huffington Post
A sturdy tree symbolizes the strength of your union.

The Intersection of Business and Golf

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:33 AM - Huffington Post
The passion and vision Sheila Johnson, owner of Salamander Resort properties, possesses goes well beyond golf and business. Last Sunday the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Florida, finished in dramatic fashion when Jordan Spieth sank a 28-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole of a three-man playoff to win the PGA Tour event.

Series of enhancements to be made to Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course

Sunday, March 15, 2015 9:00 PM - Golf Course Architecture
A series of enhancements will be made to the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Golf Resort near Tampa, Florida. Work will get underway this May and will take approximately six months to complete. The late Larry Packard, who passed away last year aged 101, originally designed the course.

Sheila Johnson discusses upcoming changes to Copperhead Course

Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00 PM - Golf Channel
Sheila Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, discusses the planned six-month restoration of the Copperhead Course.

Innisbrook owner: Tournament business better than ever

Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00 PM - WTSP-TV
In an interview with the owner of Innisbrook, Sheila C. Johnson, told 10 News Sports Anchor Dave Wirth that business is good for the 2015 Valspar Championship.

LOOK: Monster gator walks down fairway at Valspar Championship

Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:00 PM - CBSSports.com
The Valspar Championship is supposed to be a laid back week at a good course sandwiched by two killer tourna ... oh my gosh, what is that thing? An alligator took over the Valspar Championship on Friday.

Alligator slows play at Valspar

Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:00 PM - ESPN Golf
Charley Hoffman played short of the water hazard, then nearly walked into the path of a 10-foot alligator on the fairway. The alligator ambled across the third fairway at Innisbrook on Friday during the second round of the Valspar Championship.

Salamander Hotels & Resorts announces enhancements to the famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort

Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:00 PM - eSouthernGolfZine
Restorative improvements at the site of the Valspar Championship will honor the guiding principles of Course Architect Larry Packard Innisbrook Resort’s three other layouts headlined by the highly regarded Island Course

Salamander Hotels & Resorts announces enhancements to the famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort

Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:21 AM
Copperhead 14 at SunriseSalamander Hotels & Resorts today announced comprehensive enhancements to its famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort that will honor the guiding principles of legendary Course Architect Larry Packard.   

Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort to undergo restoration

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:00 PM - PGATour.com
Salamander Hotels & Resorts announced comprehensive enhancements to its famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort that will honor the guiding principles of legendary Course Architect Larry Packard. The six-month restorative work will take place from May through October this year and includes replacing all fairways and rough, rebuilding each green, and reshaping bunkers to stay true to Packard’s masterful design.

Innisbrook uses Valspar media spotlight to announce golf course renovation

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:00 PM - Tampa Bay Business Journal
Salamander Hotels & Resorts will close the famous Copperhead Course this summer for a renovation that will include replacing all 18 greens, all of the fairways and rough and reshaping the bunkers.