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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

Eat, Drink and Drive in Tampa in the BMW M4

Friday, February 27, 2015 9:00 PM - Huffington Post
You can also stop in at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club and the Indaba Spa, the sort of place that will remind you of old world Florida charm. Innisbrook, even without the spa, is an amazing story and it is recognized as a world class golf resort and the host a PGA Tour Championship. The owner, Sheila Johnson acquired the property in 2007 taking it to the next level with a stylish transformation that creates a relaxing and enjoyable environment for any type of guest to enjoy.

Survey: Florida's Favorite Golf Course — Round 2

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:00 PM - Tampa Bay Business Journal
With a few exceptions, the top seeded golf courses on the Florida Business Journals' survey of the Sunshine State's favorites have moved on to the second round – our Sweet 16.

Salamander Hotels & Resorts appoints Bobby Barnes as Director of Golf at Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 6:08 AM
Bobby Barnes - Director of Golf at InnisbrookPALM HARBOR, FL - Salamander Hotels & Resorts has appointed Bobby Barnes as the new Director of Golf at Innisbrook Resort, located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. The 900-acre golf resort, owned by Sheila C. Johnson, hosts the annual PGA TOUR Valspar...

Best Florida Weekend Getaways

Saturday, February 21, 2015 9:00 PM -
Plan a weekend trip to Florida to relax on white-sand beaches, play golf and get massages at the spa. The hotels that made our list offer exceptional service, great food and a choice of things to do.


Thursday, February 19, 2015 9:00 PM -
TruGolf is headed to Palm Harbor to visit the site of the Valspar Championship. Welcome to Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club! This world class resort features championship golf set against the natural beauty of Tampa Bay, Florida, and was designed by renowned landscape architect, Larry Packard.

Mix golf and baseball with a spring training swing through Florida's Grapefruit League

Thursday, February 19, 2015 9:00 PM - Golf Advisor
Baseball fans headed to spring training in Florida should drag their clubs to the Sunshine State. What a great way to get an early taste of summer. While the millionaire ball players work on their swings, golfers can dial in theirs. The teams in Florida's Grapefruit League compete in March and April at stadiums stretching from Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee near Orlando in central Florida to Fort Myers and Jupiter in the south.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:00 PM - Golf Daily
The Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., less than a 30-minute drive from Tampa, is a prime destination for golfers struck by cabin fever during the cold winter months. With five courses and an entirely self-contained resort that includes well-appointed condos, three restaurants and clubhouses, six climate-controlled swimming pools and practice facilities, it has become one of my favorite spots to visit for an intense golf experience that helps shorten the wait until spring.

Innisbrook celebrates Valentine’s Day Weekend with Romantic Spa & Dining Specials

Friday, February 13, 2015 6:27 AM
Valentine's DayInnisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, is offering a variety of romantic options to pamper that special someone in your life, from specials on their fabulous massages at the full service Indaba Spa to a Valentine’s Day Buffet at the Market...

Signature Cocktails = Significant Profits

Sunday, February 08, 2015 9:00 PM - Hotel Interactive
“Creating today’s cocktails starts with a solid understanding of the products you are using which will range from the popular to the esoteric,’’ said Maria Baronas, director of restaurants at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla. “Next comes no small degree of creativity combined with a trial and error method that is best done amongst other team members for real time feedback that is instrumental in creating the perfect addition to your beverage menu.’’

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

Sunday, February 08, 2015 9:00 PM - Golfweek
The number of courses per state varies based on course supply, population and level of play; includes daily-fee layouts and courses accessible via resorts. (m) - modern course; (c) - classic course; * - new to list


Monday, January 26, 2015 9:00 PM - Golfers on Golf Radio
Hammock Beach Resort Palm Coast Florida. With two golf courses, the Conservatory by Tom Watson, and the Ocean Course by Jack Nicklaus. The PGA Tour is now back at Innisbrook, why aren’t you.

Best Florida Weekend Getaways

Saturday, January 24, 2015 9:00 PM - Vacation Idea
Plan a weekend trip to Florida to relax on white-sand beaches, play golf and get massages at the spa. The hotels that made our list offer exceptional service, great food and a choice of things to do. We've included ideas for a range of budgets, in line with our philosophy that there is a great vacation out there for everyone.

Year-Round Play and Premier Courses Make Tampa a Golfer's Mecca

Friday, January 16, 2015 9:00 PM - USA Today
A version of our license plate proclaims Florida as the "Golf Capital of the World", much to the chagrin of people from the Carolinas, Arizona, or Scotland. There are 1300 courses in Florida, more than any other state, and more than 40 million rounds of golf are played in Florida every year.

Tampa Bay courses top Golf Digest list

Sunday, January 11, 2015 9:00 PM
Tampa Bay is home to some of Florida's best golf courses. Just ask Golf Digest. The golf magazine put six Tampa Bay area courses at or near the top of its new ranking of Florida's 75 best public courses.

Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort

Sunday, January 04, 2015 9:00 PM - Stephen Travels
The sun disappeared at 5:38 p.m. in a spectacular show of fiery colors while I was sitting in traffic on the W. Courtney Campbell Causeway out of Tampa. By the time I arrived at the welcome gate to my accommodations, complete darkness had descended. Following the guard’s directions and the map he provided along dimly lit roads, I reached one of Innisbrook's three clubhouses and checked in.

Florida's Top 75: Golf Digest's Top Public Courses In Florida

Thursday, January 01, 2015 9:00 PM - Golf Digest
Which of Florida's public courses should be on your itinerary? We asked the Golf Digest Course Ranking Panel to give each course they'd played a score of 1-10 (10 being the highest). Their picks, ranked 1 to 75.

Planning a buddies trip? The Snake Pit at Innisbrook Resort

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 9:00 PM -
The Innisbrook Resort near Tampa is one of those places that can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. With resorts like Sawgrass, Doral, Streamsong, and a slew of others filling the landscape of Florida golf destinations, standing out in the crowd is no easy task. Even Innisbrook’s Tour stop — the Valspar Championship — is somewhat overshadowed thanks to being sandwiched between two titans of the game: The Donald (as in Trump) and The King (as in Arnie).

Innisbrook Golf Resort Review: Stay and Play Where the Pros Play

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:27 AM -
A few years ago, Sheila Jackson and Salamander Resorts wanted to make a big splash in Florida as well as the golf industry. She managed to kill two birds with one stone with the purchase of what at the time were the Ginn Resorts - Reunion Resort in Kissimmee and Hammock Bay in Palm Coast. To further strengthen their position in Florida, Salamander also purchased Innisbrook Golf Resort; an all-inclusive golf resort where all you have to worry about is your golf game.

Resorts for Kids

Thursday, December 04, 2014 9:00 PM -
Kids' programs have made a major mark on the standards of top Florida resorts during the past few decades. Many resorts design activities to give parents time with their kids and time alone as a couple. Read on to discover Florida resorts with worthy kids programs, along with accommodations that feature family-friendly amenities. Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, features Loch Ness: A Monster Pool with slides, a zero-entry pool (you can walk right in), waterfalls, jets, fountains and sandy play areas. Innisbrook was already a family favorite before this happened.

Top 100 Courses You Can Play

Thursday, December 04, 2014 9:02 AM -
Golf Magazine's guide to the finest public-access golf courses in America is an essential resource for every traveling golfer. From all-star resorts to magnificent munis, the Top 100 You Can Play features the top tracks open for your business.