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Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club - Copperhead Course

About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 7209 yards
Slope 142
Rating 75.9

A longtime favorite among PGA Tour pros, Innisbrook's Copperhead course is the most recognizable of the resort's four courses. After all, it plays host to the world's greatest golfers during the tour's visit to the resort each spring.
Paul Azinger, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour and Captain of the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, has called Copperhead "the best course we play on tour."

Meanwhile, Stewart Cink, a four-time PGA Tour winner and two-time Ryder Cup Team member said, "This course could host a U.S. Open."

Tree-lined fairways and rolling terrain define Innisbrook's most famed course - a lengthy challenge for even the longest hitters at more than 7,200 yards. Striking in beauty and challenge, Copperhead is characteristic of a Carolina layout with dramatic elevation changes and tall, stately pines. Here you will find a truly breathtaking experience from tee to green.

Course Details

Year Built 1974
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Tiff Eagle Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Larry Packard (1974) Jerry Pate

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa, Locker Rooms

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Florida (2019 #21)

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4.5
21 Reviews (21)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 6
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 6

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Reviews 1
3.0
Previously Played

Dry With lots of bare spots

The rate was discounted to below $100 but the course was nowhere near the condition it should be in. I genuinely love the layout of the course - it’s one of my favorites in the area. But the conditions, except for the greens, were terrible. Large bare spots on the tee boxes and the fairways. Just off the green, you were chipping from dirt.

I understand the COVID situation caused some disruption, but my God, put some water on the course, at least.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 230
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Called on a whim once it was announced the Valspar was canceled to see if the course was open. To my surprise it was and we wound up playing it on Sunday afternoon before tournament week. What a treat to play a track in Tour conditions with all of the infrastructure in place.

Packard isn’t a famous name on the course design spectrum, but he is very underrated in my opinion after playing Copperhead. The course is very demanding off the tee, particularly when the rough is up like I it was today. If you miss the fairway by a yard, you might as well have missed it by 15. Also difficult to judge how balls will come out of the rough around the greens.

Greens are fair, with not a ton of slope in them. Very grainy.

Opening stretch, particularly holes 2 and 3 are very demanding to start your round. The back nine is tough, but fair. Good shots will be rewarded.i really like the par 3s every other hole beginning at 13. The Snake Pit is, well, the Snake Pit. Other than the tee shot at 16, it isn’t too lethal.

My favorite holes were the par-5 fifth, par-4 12th and par-5 14th.

Bottom line: You can’t overpower this golf course. Look at the list of winners here, and it is easy to see what the formula is to get around here: Fairways and greens, and avoid the rough.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing

Awesome layout

Outstanding! From the resort staff to maintenance personell! The golf course is a gem 18 unique holes impeccably cared for. Greens we're perfect if a bit slow, but no biggie. Great track!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Classic Course - Not as hard as I thought it would be.

Had a great afternoon playing Copperhead, home of the Valspar. I have attended the tournament a couple of times and it is always fun to "play where the pros play", as they say.

I played from the gold tees, about 5,700 yds with a 131 slope rating. That is a little higher than I am used to, more the slope than the yards, and I was worried about a 100+round (I'm a 25), as that usually happens at TPC Sawgrass regardless of the teebox.

I was surprised that the course was not that hard for me, I shot 87 playing the best irons I have in a long time. So hit it straight and there is no problem!

We were paired with a twosome from Minnesota and one of the guys was pretty bad, so the round taking 4:20 was partly our fault. We did catch the group ahead of us on 15, and they finished just a bit in front of us timewise.

Fairways were a little patchy in places, but otherwise the course was pretty immaculate.

The greens were very fast and a little hard to read, but generally I'd say they were true and a pleasure to putt. I had a couple three putts from 40+ feet, and one that was totally my fault from about 20 ft.

Overall, I really don't feel the course is all that special but it is very nice, and of course you've seen these holes on TV (there are only a couple I remembered from the past - so I don't find it that memorable.

Worth the price once, unless you are wealthy!

One more thing - I had booked 2 months ago and was told the price was $269, but only $159 on the Osprey North course. So I booked a 1:18 tee time on that course. Then last week my wife got our hotel for the 2 nights before at Seminole HR comped, so I decided to pay up for Copperhead.

It was then that I found out that Copperhead rates went down at 1:30, and was surprised to be able to book 1:40 at $155+tx. Snapped it up but was a little miffed that this wasn't offered to me at the time of my original booking.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 143
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awesome experience

The course was excellent and lived up to its billing

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 216
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Easy to see why the pros love it

I always find it a treat to play courses that host big-time golf tournaments, and for putting oneself in the shoes of the best golfers in the world, there are few more fitting venues than the Copperhead. It is the consummate "ball-striker's paradise," where a significant mix of power and accuracy are essential for survival. If you can hit fairways and greens here, you can score a little bit, but with the narrow landing areas and tough rough, any looks at birdie will have been hard earned. It's a great diagnostic for any golfer's game.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Expensive But Worth It

Our group of 8 guys play the Copperhead Course each fall as part of a week of golf. Copperhead remains on our list of "must play" courses.

The day before we played Copperhead, we played the Island Course at Innisbrook. People say the two courses are comparable.

They are alike in difficulty. Neither course is easy. The Island Course is the more difficult of the two.

Conditions between the two courses varies greatly. Copperhead is in exceptional condition. From tees to the greens, we were not disappointed. The bunkers were raked, the greens were fast, and the fairways were wonderful. The ball sat up nicely in the fairways.

Conditions at the Island Course were much different. The greens were just as nice as Copperhead's. After that, the changes were quite appearant. The grass on the tees was more sparse. The fairways were brown and had barren areas. The bunkers were not raked.

If you're going to spend big dollars to play Innisbrook, play Copperhead.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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What's the best way to get a tee time at any of the Innisbrook courses?

Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

copperhead

really simple folks...if its good enough for the guys on tour its definitely good enough for the rest of us! lol
of course innisbrook cant keep tournament conditions on this course for the entire year...but it was in really good shape. layout extremely challenging yet fair..good shots are rewarded..wayward shots are penalized..plain and simple. you couple the layout of this course with the amenities of innisbrook and its a no brainer. PLAY IT!! but play the proper tees

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Couldn't ask for more

Darrell in the pro shop and Fred the starter were extremely accommodating. They provided excellent customer service. I really had a great experience and look forward to returning in the future. Keep up the good work.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not What I Expected

First of all let me say right up front, we had a great time and the service was over the top. Our room was perfect, quiet, and overlooked the Island Course.

However the conditions of the Copperhead Course was far less than I expected. The greens were hard, and the green surrounds were bare in areas and overgrown on others. The rough was deep in com areas and others not as much. Many weeds and the bunkers were very bad, maybe not as bad as the Island Course, but bad. I thought the course conditions would be pristine, but not so, just the average course. Certainly nothing special.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Copperhead Best in Tampa Area that You can Play

As they say, "play where the pros play." If it wasn't for its place in the schedule they would probably get all the best players as this is and excellent challenging course. Often forget that you are in south FLA with the pines, lakes and elevation changes.
This course challenges every part of your game. You need all the shots as well some strategy.
Conditioning has been an issue the last few years as the reseeded to whole course and had some bad breaks with the weather. But things should be much improved this season and going forward. Can't wait to get back there.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 373
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Better than ever and ready for the PGA Tour

Having never played this course before a recent restoration that included new greens, new irrigation and bunker renovations, I really can't compare it to the old. But I can certainly understand why the PGA Tour players list this among their favorite courses. It rewards good shot-making, plain and simple. And the design, though it's less than 50 years old, is certainly classic. The finishing stretch -- the Snakepit -- is certainly memorable and challenging. And with a a few hills, bends and strategically placed water hazards, it never gets boring.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 96
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Atlanta Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

Must-Play Course and the best of the Innisbrook resort courses!

Copperhead recently re-opened after a full restoration of the course and it did not disappoint. The course layout is almost exactly the same but the course is in pristine condition right now. The greens are a bit slow on some holes but thats normal as they are new and its hard to cut down as they come in. The course itself is challenging but very fair. The greens are fairly large so GIR isn't as relative. The scenery surrounding the course is pretty amazing as its surprisingly hilly and the elevation changes/tall pines can make it feel like the carolinas which is nice in a very flat area of florida. The practice area and driving range has plenty of space to fine-tune your game. The copperhead course is the best course of the Innisbrook resort and is a must-play when in the Tampa/Palm Harbor area especially considering its an annual PGA Tour stop. The other courses here are nice but this is the one you should look forward to playing!

Conditions Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Snake Pit Awaits

This is a great golf course. Be ready for deep rough and an excellent layout. Just make sure you check the weather.....We didn't have rain for 4 days prior to our round and the course was still we and mushy in many areas. It does not drain well!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Better be on top of your game

This is a tough course,especially for a mid-to-high handicapper that isn't on top of his/her game. The pros play from the tips with less problems than someone that can not split the fairways or is intimidated by water or extremely penal rough. You should play this course if you have the chance, but be prepared to swallow your pride when you walk off it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

County Golf Association Tournament

Spectacular course for a Pinellas County Golf Association event. Flawless condition. Staff was well prepared for the event. Not nearly as difficult as other courses at Innisbrook.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Channel
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

That snake will bite you

The main feature that stands about Copperhead is that you forget you are in Florida. The elevation changes and the pines make you feel like you are in North Carolina. If you like North Carolina as I do then that's a good thing. This is a big time golf course that tests every part of your game. And the only style of play that it favors is good play. Distance helps but you gotta have control. My favorite hole is the par 4 16th. Challenge the pond up the right side off the tee and you are well rewarded with a shorter approach and a better angle. Bail out to the left in the rough and you may have a play but the green slopes away so you likely won't hold the green. If you have a bucket list of the top courses to play in Florida then the Copperhead should be on it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 503
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

The king of Florida's PGA venues?

Reviewing the Copperhead was one of my first assignments as a golf writer back in 1999. I played the course a week after the tournament. I still remember how difficult the ankle-high rough and super-slick greens were to manage. It was a big-boy course, and I brought a beginner's game. I can't vouch for certain that the Copperhead is the best of the four Florida venues that host the PGA Tour. I haven't seen the new Doral or PGA National. But most surveys and comments show that the pros love and respect the course. You will, too.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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