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Awards & Accolades


2014 Winner Certificate of Excellence Award

Leisure Travel

  •, Silver Medal Resort (2014)


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


  • 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)


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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • “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

    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

Introducing Golf To Kids: Directory Of Learning Programs

Monday, July 21, 2014 6:35 AM - Family Travel Forum
If your kids are showing signs of taking the PGA circuit by storm, follow these tips on introducing them to the world of golf. We recommend ways to to find the best Junior Camps, how to plan family golfing vacation ideas and more.

Best Golf Courses in Florida, Part 2

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:00 PM - 3Balls Golf Blog
There were so many great golf courses in Florida that we couldn’t fit them all into just one article, so here’s part two of the Best Golf Courses in Florida. No golf trip to Florida is complete without playing a round or two at these great courses:

On Course for a Successful Meeting

Monday, June 09, 2014 9:00 PM - cVent Blog
When holding a meeting, it’s easy to become consumed with conducting business inside and overlook the natural canvas and opportunities that the golf course affords. With a round of golf lasting from four to five hours, our Grand Golf Resorts Collection in Florida can provide everything from fresh air and exercise to significant deal-closing opportunities. Here are five reasons why you should incorporate golf into your next meeting.

Mother's Day Specials, Brunches & Events 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:48 PM -
Mother's Day specials in the Clearwater area.

The Grand Bargain Meetings Package at the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida

Friday, May 23, 2014 11:09 AM
Inverness Hall FoyerMeetings are always brighter in the Sunshine State; especially with the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida's Grand Bargain Meetings package. The new meeting package includes no attrition, a one-hour beer and wine reception with chef’s choice of two appetizers, 20% discount on audio visual, 20% discount on banquet food & beverage menus, three VIP suite upgrades and much more. For more information about the Grand Bargain Meetings package, visit

Enjoy Sunshine State sports on a Grand scale

Monday, May 19, 2014 9:56 AM
Copperhead 14 at SunriseThe Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, a Salamander Collection, is offering sports lovers an exciting new package by which to enjoy the Sunshine State. The “Ultimate Sportsman’s Package” combines luxurious surroundings, world-class golf and tickets to some of Florida’s most exciting sporting events.

Decorate Your Cart for the Innisbrook Golf Cart Parade

Sunday, May 18, 2014 9:00 PM -
The Fourth of July is around the corner, and this year is the year your family should enjoy fireworks in the Sunshine State. Plenty of resorts are offering holiday packages, but my favorite destination suggestion is Innisbrook Resort.

Love at First Sight: Sheila C. Johnson’s Innisbrook

Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:00 PM - Destination Tampa Bay
“I fell in love with the place the first time I saw it.” That’s what Innisbrook’s owner Sheila C. Johnson had to say about her decision to buy one of Florida’s best known resorts in 2007. Located in Palm Harbor, the 900-acre Innisbrook Resort site includes four championship golf courses, including the famed Copperhead Course that has hosted PGA events for many years.

Mother's Day Weekend Adventures and Getaways

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:00 PM -
Mother's Day — May 11 — will be here sooner than you think. If you can't decide what to get Mom, there's nothing wrong with flowers and chocolate... but why not give her something a little different? Here are some suggestions for great Mother's day adventures and getaways that are sure to put a smile on her face.

Salamander’s Legends of Golf Trail

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:00 PM - New England Golf Monthly
Blaze the Legends of Golf Trail over The Salamander Collection of nine courses at three Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, so named for the tour greats who have played them and their legendary designers.

15 Amazing Family Vacation Ideas

Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:00 PM -
Florida offers many family beach resorts and amusement parks. Innisbrook Resort will let you combine a family vacation with championship golf, tennis, spa, and playtime in six swimming pools.

Summer Stay-cations: Indaba Spa and Pasa Tiempo Resort

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:00 PM - Destination Tampa Bay
Innisbrook—A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, has the perfect combination of activities for families, couples and individuals looking for a “staycation” in the Tampa Bay area.

Easter Egg Hunts and events in the Tampa Bay area

Thursday, April 03, 2014 9:00 PM -
Hop along Florida's bunny trail to find Easter Egg Hunts and activities at a variety of venues across the Tampa Bay area. Most of these events are geared for children of all ages. However, the Egg hunts are typically for children under 10 years young.

Brunch Buffet with the Easter Bunny at the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida

Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:21 AM
Celebrate Easter Sunday with a choice of brunch buffets at the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida collection.

Golfweek's Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:00 PM - Golfweek
Golfweek’s Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play

Innisbrook Architect Larry Packard Passes Away at Age 101

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:31 PM -
Many of the usuals have gathered to compete this week at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead course for the Valspar Championship. Among them are U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, PGA Champion Jason Dufner and former world No. 1 Luke Donald, the 2012 Valspar champion. Missing, however, is Larry Packard. The face of Innisbrook and architect of its Copperhead course passed away on January 28 at the age of 101, and his loss is keenly felt.

Creativity helps PGA tournament turn around

Thursday, March 13, 2014 9:00 PM - Tampa Bay Business Journal
Tampa Bay’s PGA tournament has made a financial turnaround after signing a title sponsorship deal with Valspar in August that has reinvigorated the event in ways that is turning heads.

Sheila Johnson: Her top advice for women business leaders

Thursday, March 13, 2014 9:00 PM - Tampa Bay Business Journal
The CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts is in Tampa Bay this week for the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort. She is a globally recognized mentor, philanthropist, professional sports owner, and entrepreneur, and more.

Back breaker: Tough back nine at Innisbrook

Thursday, March 13, 2014 9:00 PM - Golf Channel
Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort

Rose regaining form at Innisbrook

Thursday, March 13, 2014 9:00 PM -
In both rounds, Rose finished with a flourish. He capped off Thursday’s round with birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 – two-thirds of the Copperhead course’s daunting “Snake Pit” – then used Friday’s chip-in to make up for a missed par save at No.8.