Golf - Resort Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Palm Harbor, FL
Innisbrook Resort is home to some great golf stay and play accommodations, excellent dining options, and lots of fun amenities (like tennis courts, pools, racquetball, a Spa, fitness center, and more), but best of all it has four outstanding golf courses.
Each of the four courses is very different from the others and each has it’s own unique personality and characteristics, for example:
If you ask anyone who has played all four courses at Innisbrook, the typical response is the Island and Copperhead Courses are the favorites. Part of what makes playing the Island Course at Innisbrook fun is that each nine is very different and gives you lots of variety and shot making opportunities. The front is very scenic and has water on 6 holes, tree lined fairways, and requires accuracy from tee to green – you can’t get away with an errant shot on this nine. The back seems a little more open, plays through some beautiful homes, and has several holes with elevation changes.
The Island Course is long from each of the tee boxes and has some very long par fours that can be challenging for us short hitters – so don’t bite off more than you can chew. And in several cases you may want to leave the big dog in the bag and play strategically.
Each of the holes on the Island Course is appropriately named and the name will give you an idea of what to expect, for example:
The fairways on the front are all tree lined and range from grip it and rip it to tight and if you miss you’re in the water, trees, or sand. The back seemed more open and forgiving and some huge beautiful homes line several of the holes and they can come into play if you spray the ball – I know, I ricocheted off two roofs in one shot and was expecting to get cursed out by an angry home owner.
Innisbrook Resort’s Island fairways were in near perfect condition as were the roughs which are wide were cut just right and were very playable.
The greens were all shapes and sizes and ranged from good sized to a little small. They ran smooth and true and at a good speed. Some are raised and most are well guarded.
The bunkers varied from small to some huge monsters and most are strategically placed. Some are steep and deep and the sand ranged from soft and fluffy to a little firm.
Bottom line – the Island Course at Innisbrook Resort is a fantastic layout that is fair but demanding and a blast to play with excellent conditions and some fun, unique, and memorable holes.
You’ll want to play the Island Course a couple times and you should also play the other three courses, so why not stay a few days in one of the excellent lodging options at Innisbrook Resort. They have a great stay and play package, excellent restaurants, 6 pools, 3 bars, a spa, and lots of other recreational activities. Read our review of Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa
Rates: $100.00 to $220.00
Service is top notch from the bag boys to the pro shop guys to the starters and cart ladies. The practice facilities are excellent and I wish I had spent more time there. There three different club houses each of which have pro shops with everything you need to look good and score well plus three restaurants serving a variety of good food and three 19th holes to settle the bets and make plans to play again.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.