Here is a look at some of the top golf
options on the Gulf Coast where groups
can compete, hone their skills or just have
some fun on the green.
Innisbrook Golf Resort, Palm
Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort, has been
a Tampa Bay area golf destination for nearly 50 years. Gearing up for its 50th anniversary in 2020, the property announced it will
remodel all 485 guest rooms, scheduled to
be complete in Fall 2019.
“Our suites have long been favorites of
golfers, families, and conference groups,” said
Mike Williams, managing director, Innis-
brook Golf Resort. “The transformation of our
guest experience will provide fresher, more
The resort also completed a six-month ren-
ovation on its South Course, which included
work on the putting surfaces of all 18 greens.
The South Course is one of four championship courses at the resort. The North Course
underwent the same renovation the year before, the Copperhead Golf Course completed
a restoration and there are plans to upgrade
to the Island Golf Course.
“The renovation of the South Course’s
greens has given golfers another firm and
consistent surface on which to play,” Wil-
Additional enhancements to the resort include an expansion of the Osprey Clubhouse,
debuting the new Market Salamander Grille
& Bar and refurbishing its 65,000 square feet
of indoor conference space—there is also
35,000 of outdoor space for events.
Groups can arrange for golf programs,
from private corporate golf clinics for four
to 36 people and includes ball striking
instruction and short game skill improvement; Beat the Pro, with a PGA Class A Golf
Professional, especially great for entertainment during tournaments; and specialty
golf institutes, a workshop including
sessions dedicated to Short Game Fundamentals or Full Swing Fundamentals.
Topgolf, Baton Rouge, La.
In January, Topgolf debuted its newest location in Baton Rouge. Blending sports, entertainment and technology, Topgolf allows
those of all skill levels, and even non-golfers,
to experience the game. Participants use
microchipped balls that instantly score
themselves, showing players the accuracy
and distance of their shots on a TV screen in
their hitting bay.
Golf is a thing along the Gulf of Mexico’s hore. Southern states with Gulf-front footage are filled with fine fairways and golf-related facilities for all skill levels and all seasons. In
this region, it’s easy to incorporate the game of golf into
the program—or even make it the main event.
GRAND HOTEL GOLF RESORT & SPA,
INNISBROOK GOLF RESORT, PALM HARBOR, FLA.
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