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|Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club: A popular stop for the PGA Tour and vacationing golfers alike. (Courtesy of innisbrookgolfresort.com)|
It's no accident that the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club has "golf" in its name. Its golf courses are a popular stop for both the PGA Tour pro and the average vacationing golfer alike.
But it's also no accident that the word "golf" is preceded by "resort." Because for all of its fairway glory, Innisbrook is first and foremost a full-service vacation getaway.
Situated on 900 acres of Florida's Gulf Coast, Innisbrook Resort in Innisbrook, Fla., is a premier destination for families searching for memorable vacations, groups planning special events and companies looking for the perfect meeting spots.
Guest accommodations run the gamut, from deluxe rooms to one and two bedroom and executive suites, all placed within 28 lodges that give you privacy in a tranquil setting. Families, in particular, will love the Innisbrook suites, which give the feel and comfort of home. Suites include full kitchens, private patios or balconies, separate living areas and luxurious bedding, plus high-speed Internet access.
Continue that home-away-from-home feel with on-site laundry facilities complete with professional same-day laundry and dry cleaning services, as well as food and beverage services available from 6 a.m. to midnight.
If you prefer dining out, you don't have to leave Innisbrook Resort to find four-star cuisine. For casual fare ranging from sandwiches to salads, try the Grill at Loch Ness. The Turnberry Pub offers traditional bar food with an upscale twist, like sirloin burgers and a blackened grouper sandwich. Finally, for a night on the town, try Packard's Steakhouse, offering top-notch cuts of beef and fresh seafood, with a wine list that matches the high standards of the cuisine.
Innisbrook is a popular destination for company retreats and business conferences for reasons other than the great food. The resort also has all the amenities a large group needs, placed in a setting that is both inspiring and relaxing.
With more than 65,000 square feet of meeting space, those 72 holes of championship golf, 620 guest rooms, 900 acres of nature and unique team-building opportunities, Innisbrook can accommodate almost any need. The facilities also include two mid-sized ballrooms with breakout rooms and a 14,000-square-foot ballroom with a 8,000-square-foot foyer. Many of the venues provide great views of the courses and each is equipped with top-of-the-line audio-visual capabilities.
Looking to get away from business? Innisbrook can accommodate that, too. Trade in the three-piece suit for a bathing suit and order a daiquiri as you relax by the pool. Innisbrook has six heated swimming pools. The Loch Ness Monster Pool, located in the center of the resort, rests amid a three-acre fun park. Loch Ness offers two sand beach areas, a 15-foot waterfall, two winding water slides, a separate plunge pool with bubbling jets and fountains, water volleyball and a giant-sized spa that seats up to 36 people.
Prefer the ocean? Innisbrook is just 10 minutes from some of the nation's finest beaches. Complimentary shuttles get you to the sand and back with no fuss.
Tennis more your style? Volley your heart out on one of the 11 Har-Tru clay courts, seven of which are lighted for night play. Innisbrook has plenty of healthy activities, from miles of trails for biking, walking and hiking to a fitness center, a children's recreation center and a nature walk. And coming in 2009, a full-service spa and salon, with couples treatment rooms, an outdoor courtyard, jacuzzi, fire pit and steam rooms.
And, oh yeah, those four championship golf courses are an option, too. Start where the pros love to play, the Copperhead Course, which hosts a PGA Tour event each March. Or try the Island Course, a 7,310-yard behemoth that recently underwent a $2 million renovation.
Whether a family or a business, for a long getaway or the golf trip of a lifetime, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club has something for everyone.
August 19, 2008
The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic will be played April 28-May 2 at Fallen Oak, the exclusive course for guests of the Beau Rivage. "This is a significant step in becoming a tier one vacation destination," says Anthony Topazi, chairman of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Foundation, Inc. "I hope this is the first of many events we can have that attract people to visit the Gulf Coast for its first-class golf, fishing and gaming."
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