Palm Harbor, Florida is a golfer’s paradise and is famous for the Innisbrook Championship Golf Resort.
Lying to the north of Clearwater, Largo, and St Petersburg and the west of Tampa Bay, Palm Harbor has 7 golf courses within its 26-mile boundary.
With stunning Gulf Of Mexico beaches dotting the shorelines, this is a resort town and specifically, a golf resort town.
So, the next time you are planning a visit to this region, do not forget to indulge yourselves in some of these courses that are the best not just in Pinellas County, but of entire Florida.
|The Copperhead Course||Resort||18||71||7340||Yes|
|The Island Course||Resort||18||72||7194||Yes|
|The North Course||Resort||18||71||Yes|
|The South Course||Resort||18||71||6600||Yes|
|Lansbrook Golf Club||Semi-Private||18||72||6846||Yes|
|Tarpon Woods Golf Club||Semi-Private||18||72||6504|
|Highland Lakes Golf Course||Community||18||60||3200||Yes|
Innisbrook Golf Resort – Resort Golf
If you are passionate about golf, then playing a round at Innisbrook Golf Courses should be on your bucket list as this resort is named as one of the Top 75 Golf Resorts in America by Golf Digest.
This is one of the best golfing destinations not just in America but on the entire planet.
Four courses comprise the Innisbrook Golf Resort.
- The Copperhead Course
- The Island Course
- The North Course
- The South Course
The Copperhead Course
This is the marquee course of all 4 Innisbrook golf courses.
Copperhead course is rated as one of the finest courses in America by prestigious golf magazines and is also the home of the PGA tour’s annual Valspar Championship.
Some of the PGA tour winners have called this course one of the Best On Tour.
This was the second course to be built at IGR in 1974, designed by Larry Packard, with a slope of 142 and USGA rating of 75.9.
The course is defined by its pristine beauty that has fairways lined with trees and elevation changes that are uncommon to see in Florida courses.
The course is challenging with good shots rewarded and bad shots penalized, but not as harsh as, say, TPC Sawgrass.
‘Get it on to the fairways and greens and you’d be alright’ is the maxim here.
An 18-hole Par 71 measuring 7340 yards from the championship tees, and with 5 sets of tees, this course can test the limits of a novice or a skilled player.
The course has a good layout and is overall well-maintained.
The Island Course
This is the first course to be built at IGR and is considered almost on par with the Copperhead course by players in terms of challenges as well as for the visual appeal and charm.
The Island course also has played host to many US open qualifiers, NCAA Championships et al and comes a close second to Copperhead in terms of championship worthiness.
This course was built in 1970 and designed by Larry Packard, with a slope of 75.1 and a rating of 144.
With fairways that are tight, numerous water hazards, with the second-highest elevation point in Pinellas county, and measuring 7194 yards from the back tees, this certainly can be a challenging course even for the highly skilled.
This is an 18-hole Par 72 with 5 sets of tees for players at all skill levels.
The North Course
The third of the 4 courses, this course and its sister South Course are shorter courses compared to the first two. However, keep in mind that both North and South play to Par 71.
A Larry Packard designed course, the course was built in 1970, with a slope of 127 and a rating of 69.9.
With water coming into play on 11 holes out of 18 with large undulating surfaces and bunkers, this can be a fun but challenging course to play.
The South Course
This course is more like a links-style course with mounds, bunkering, and a wide-open feel to it.
Another one of Larry Packard’s designs, this is an 18-hole par 71 course with a slope of 125 and rating of 71.2, the North and South course compliments the Copperhead and Island Courses.
With ample water hazards, undulating terrains, small green with a lot of slopes, and measuring 6600 yards from the back tees, this course cannot be written off as easy compared to its sister courses.
Innisbrook Golf Facilities
There is varied golf membership available for Innisbrook, starting with the Full membership, to Executive, Social, and other membership options.
Being a resort course, you can also avail yourself of the various golf packages that are tailor-made for golf heads.
The resort also has a 10-acre practice and instruction facility that includes driving ranges, pitching and chipping areas as well as putting greens.
The facility also has an award-winning Golf Institute, that provides instructions and lessons to beginners as well as clinics and mastery programs.
Palm Harbor Public Golf Courses
Lansbrook Golf Club – Semi-Private
Lansbrook is one of the reputed golf courses in the Tampa Bay area and has been frequented by famous names such as Reggie Jackson, Larry Bird, et al.
This 18-hole Par 72 course was built in 1975 and designed by Lane Marshall but underwent a renovation in 1991 undertaken by Ron Garl.
The course has a very good layout, with no parallel fairways, with a slope of 131 and a rating of 73.3.
In 2012, Lansbrook also joined an esteemed group of clubs that regressed the greens to the topmost-quality Champion Dwarf Bermudagrass, which is known to be quicker than the other greens.
The club borders an environmental preserve with imposing trees and is home to a splendid variety of wildlife that calls this place home.
Water is present in 16 out of 18 holes, although it doesn’t come into play in all the holes.
The fairways and greens are maintained impeccably well and are beautiful, fun, but challenging to play.
The course measures 6846 yards from the championship tees and with 4 sets of tees can test the skills of both the beginner as well as an advanced golfer.
The facility has a tour-quality practice driving range as well as greens for chipping, pitching, and putting.
The weekday green fees are $42 with cart for morning tee times which progressively reduces to $25 for afternoon tee-offs.
The weekend rates are $54 and $25 respectively.
Proper golf attire is required.
A PGA instructor is available for private lessons and clinics.
There is a full-stocked golf shop and the clubhouse has a pizzeria and grille.
Tarpon Woods Golf Club – Semi-Private
Tarpon Woods golf course borders Lake Tarpon and lies amidst an environmental preserve.
A lot of wildlife calls this area home and it’s not uncommon to see deers, coyotes, alligators, etc. during a round.
The course was built in 1971 and designed by Lane Marshall.
This is an 18-hole Par 72 course with a slope of 129 and a rating of 71.3.
The course measures 6504 yards from the back tees, not a lengthy course, with the front nines playing longer than the back.
The course has fallen into disrepair in recent years and needs some TLC.
The rates are $32 for 18 holes with carts before 11 am tee time, $27 after 11 am, and $24 after 1 pm.
A 9-hole option is also available for people who are short on time.
There is also a pro shop if you require any golfing gear
Palm Harbor Private Golf Courses
Highland Lakes Golf Course – Community Course
The 27-hole executive golf course at Highland Lakes is a community-based 3 nine-hole courses that are available exclusively for the residents and their guests.
The courses were built in 1978 and designed by Lloyd Clifton.
The courses are named Blue, Red, and White.
A combination of 2 courses for an 18-hole Par 60 measures roughly 3200 yards in length.
The facility has a driving range with pitching and chipping areas for the short game as well as a putting green.
Golf Courses Near Palm Harbor, FL
Largo and the surrounding cities of Clearwater and Tampa Bay have dozens of great golf facilities – suited for all ages and skill levels.
Please check out the below articles for golf courses in the nearby cities of Largo.
Tampa Golf Courses