Copperhead Course - Palm Harbor Fla


2007 Honda ClassicThis week the PGA TOUR returns to Westin Innisbrook Resorts Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla., for the PODS Championship, where GCSAA Golf Course Superintendent Ryan Stewart reports that recent rains have helped round the golf course into pristine shape.
No major changes have been made to the course this year, but the rough is 3 1/2 inches high and the greens are rolling 10 -11 inches on the stimpmeter. Stewart, who hails from Scotland and worked at Carnoustie Golf Links for three years while earning his turf certificate from Elmwood College there, points to finishing holes 16-18 as strategically important to participants this week.
A tight drive with water on the right, the par 4, 16ths green slopes back toward a thick rough. No. 17, a 215-yard par 3, has a severely undulated green and No. 18 is an uphill par 4 that finishes with a small, undulated, two-tiered green.
The signature hole of the Copperhead Course is No. 14, a 570-yard par 5 double dogleg left, right and then left to a green surrounded by flowers and protected by the resorts largest bunker. Stewart and GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent Keith Einwag, director of agronomy for West Innisbrook Resorts four courses, will call upon 10-15 fellow golf course superintendents from around the area to voluntarily supplement their staff this week.

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