Innisbrook Renovates South Course, Guest Suites Ahead of 50th Anniversary

Rebirth of a Legend: Innisbrook Transforms Guest Suites & Renovates South Course in Preparation for Golden Celebration

Renowned Golf Resort Continues Series of Improvements in Anticipation of 50th anniversary

TAMPA BAY, FL (August 20, 2018) – When the idea to build Innisbrook, now a Salamander Resort, was conceived, the concept was both exciting and disruptive: a luxurious Florida golf resort with multiple courses and condominium-style accommodations. After it opened in 1970, the Tampa Bay area property quickly vaulted into the echelons of the country’s finest golf resorts, and has remained there ever since thanks to the addition of many more amenities, the staging of a PGA TOUR event for the past 29 years, and an owner dedicated to quality and service. Its popularity has never been greater.

Now, as preparations begin to celebrate its 50th anniversary begin, the resort today announced it will completely remodel the interiors of all of its spacious guest accommodations by the end of 2018. In addition, the resort will complete renovation work on its South Course this fall. These enhancements follow many other improvements made by Innisbrook Owner Sheila Johnson since she purchased the property and Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the company Johnson founded, began managing it.

“Our suites have long been favorites of golfers, families, and conference groups. The transformation of our guest experience will provide fresher, more attractive and consistent accommodations,” says Innisbrook Managing Director Mike Williams. “We are excited to further improve the quality of each and every stay, while the renovation of the South Course’s greens will give golfers another firm and consistent surface on which to play.”

The accommodation remodeling program will upgrade the resort’s executive-, one- and two-bedroom condo-style suites to feature an appealing and modern look. Each unit will be completely refreshed to receive all new furniture, furnishings, flooring, stainless-steel appliances, quartz counters, cabinets, lighting, draperies and other decor.

The celebrated golf resort’s suites are located in low-rise lodge buildings, which were designed to blend into the property’s 900 wooded acres through the use of a “back-to-nature” style of architecture. The buildings feature steeply sloped, Mansard-style rooflines that deliberately sit below the treetops to offer a sense of seclusion for the guest. The remodeling work will begin in September and is expected to conclude before the end of 2018. Amenities and public spaces will not be affected, and therefore guest impact during this timeframe will be minimal.

Innisbrook’s popular South Course, one of four championship layouts at the resort, is nearing the end of a five-month renovation and will re-open this fall. All the greens have been planted with TifEagle Bermuda Grass – the same surface used at the resort’s celebrated Copperhead Course, which hosts the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship every March. In addition to the replacement of the greens, the project also includes the expansion of the greens to their original size, and re-sodding and improvement of all bunker edging.

The suite makeovers and South Course restoration are just the latest in a series of improvements Salamander Hotels & Resorts have made at Innisbrook. Other enhancements include:

· Restoration of the famed Copperhead Golf Course

· Renovations to the Island Golf Course

· Expansion of the Osprey Clubhouse

· Addition of the Market Salamander Grille & Bar

· Opening of the Salamander Spa and Fitness Center

· Refurbishing of its 65,000 square feet of Conference Space

· Revamping of the Loch Ness Pool Complex

· Installation of new greens on the North Golf Course

Through September 30, Innisbrook is offering a 25 percent savings and a $50 resort credit with a stay of two nights or more. The package also includes complimentary golf for juniors under 17 with a paying adult, complimentary breakfast for children under 12 with a paying adult, and complimentary shuttle to nearby Honeymoon Island. For additional details, and further terms and conditions, visit

About Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort

Operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts and owned by Sheila C. Johnson, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport. The resort features 72 holes of championship golf, spacious condo-style guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the Salamander Spa and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Part of the Salamander Golf Collection, Innisbrook hosts the annual Valspar Championship at its famed Copperhead Course. For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit

About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson in 2005, the company has a luxury portfolio featuring two distinct collections. The Signature Collection includes the stunning Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; The Henderson, a 170-room grand beach resort in Destin, FL; NOPSI New Orleans, a new 217-room luxury historic hotel re-imagined in the city’s Central Business District; and Hotel Bennett, a 179-room luxury hotel in Charleston, SC, opening in 2018. The Golf Collection includes the famed Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts an annual PGA TOUR on its Copperhead Course; the elegant Reunion Resort in Orlando, which includes Signature Course designs from Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson; and the recently renovated oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL, home to layouts by Nicklaus and Watson. All Salamander properties are members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For additional information, visit or call 540-687-3710.

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