Copperhead Course at Innisbrook near Tampa, Florida has new look in time for the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Among the favorite golf courses on the PGA Tour, the 7,209-yard, par-71 Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort was recently restored to its original design, except for some bunker changes.

The 1972 Larry Packard-designed course got new turf, a new irrigation system, restored greens and better drainage. Every March, as part of the PGA Tour's Florida Swing, the course and resort play host to the Valspar Championship.

The Copperhead Course, which has one of the toughest finishing stretches on tour (affectionately known as the "Snakepit") is one of four golf courses at Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort located near Tampa. Packard, who died in 2011 at the age of 101, lived at Innisbrook for more than 40 years and designed the resort's Island, South and North Courses as well.

Feb 24, 2016

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.