Simulated action: 18th hole on Copperhead Course
Chris DiMarco and Charlie Rymer attempt to play the 18th hole of Innisbrook that the pros will take on at the Valspar Championship. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Windy weather stealing the show at Valspar
Mark Rolfing reports on the windy conditions the pros face today at the Valspar Championship. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Head pro: Copperhead a perfect Augusta primer
Kyaw Htet the PGA Head Professional at Innisbrook Resort and GC discusses the conditions of the Copperhead course for the Valspar Championship. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Tampa tuneup: Masters invitees prep for Augusta
Only 29 days away from the Masters, George Savaricas looks at the current odds on players to win the Masters. Plus, Steve Burkowski reports on the players who are preparing for Augusta at this week's Valspar Championship.
Tough stretch: Rating the hardest 3-hole stretch
Matt Ginella discusses the courses with the toughest 3 hole stretches on tour. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.saw grass. Where you're gonna have maybe some of that, I mean Bubba Watson hit four iron, seven iron into 16, you know, four iron and seven iron to 16 a couple years ago. I, I,
Larry Packard legacy: Man behind Copperhead Course
Gary Williams and Matt Ginella discuss the legacy of Copperhead architect Larry Packard. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.time in the greater Tampa area. This is Palm Harbor, Florida. Four golf courses to choose from, the signature being the Copperhead course. The man who did all four For, for people who don't know who Larry Packard is, he lived a long, long life. Just recently passing at the age of 101. Who was he? Yeah, he died on January 28th, at the age of 101. And before we get into the fact that he worked on over 600 golf courses I, you know I called a bunch of architects last night. Including Bill Core. I talked to, Reese Jones and Bob Cupp,bridged the gap. And, and, and was one of those guys like Robert Trent Jones Sr. but. But what Larry was doing was building golf courses for the people with budgets of, say, $100 to $250 thousand dollars, he couldn't afford to move earth. So in that sense, a lot of his courses had character. They were, it was dictated by the land he was, he was forced to use. Big, big in the midwest. A lot of people who grew up playing golf in say, the Chicago area, played Larry Packer courses. Water is a huge word in the game of golf, now. It's goingto irrigate large chunks of land. And he implemented that into the golf courses , and really set the tone for what now is be having superintendents in golf courses being ahead of the curve in environmental issues. Let's talk specifically about going to Innisbrook. You always wanna give the viewers the
Simulated action: Playing par-4 18th at Innisbrook
Claude Harmon and Charlie Rymer play the 18th hole at Innisbrook. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.take a closer look at the 18th hole at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead golf course . This is one heck of a finishing hole folks, you can't really see it from the helicopter it plays up hill ingoing in there trying to protect. And, and this is not a golf course , Charlie, where guys run a way with this golf tournament . We see this tournament won by maybe one, two shots, so. The 18th hole always playing a pivotal part in this, and if you got a one shot lead and you're going to the 18th, you better, you know, hit a good shot and see what happens. It, it sort of has a feel to me when I was standing on the tee, it certainly doesn't have the narrowness but sort of feels a little like 18 at Augusta and then it kinda goes out and up a little bit. And it looks a little bit like Augusta, looks like a golf course you might see in Georgia or you certainly might see in, in the Carolina's. But, let's go to the tee. You're not
Rodney Green's advice for amateurs at Copperhead
Director of Golf at Innisbrook, Rodney Green, speaks with Gary Williams to talk about the late Larry Packard and to give an inside scoop for amateurs at Copperhead. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.who was very impactful when it came to all four of the golf courses there. That's Larry Packard. Can you give people who are watching who, who had been there, may be on their way there for the first time, kind of his impact? Lost him in the last several months here. His impact on Innisbrook and the entire resort? Yeah, well, you know, I was very fortunate to have met Larry Packard, the late Larry Packard who passed away just a, just a few weeks ago, actually, at 101 years old. And I had a chance to talk to him in detail about the golf courses , and when he designed these golf courses , he designed these golf courses to what he said is the ultimate test of fair. And when you hear these players talk about these golf courses all weekend long, they talk about how you have to hit all the clubs in your bag. And that's what Larry talked about, he didn't trick these golf courses up, and the copperhead is not a real tricked up golf course. I mean, you get what you get, but that's how he wanted it to be, you hit every golf club in your bag. The ultimate test of fair. That's what all the courses on property play as. Rodney you have the best players on the PGA tour there this week. The other 51 weeks out of the year and the recreational golfer, what advice do you give for when they're headed to that first tee on one of the most demanding golf courses really in America? Oh man, I tell you what, I, I, I, we could do a whole segment on what I would
Overdrive: Thoughts on Reed's comments after win
Damon Hack, Peter Jacobsen and Chris Dimarco discuss Patrick Reed’s comments about being number 5 in the world. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.to the latest edition of Overdrive, Damon Hack with Peter Jacobsen and Chris DiMarco . You guys ready? We're ready. Yeah. Alright. Three questions. Thoughts on Patrick Reed's comments after his win at Doral. I have absolutely
Ginella's Journey: Tampa Bay area, Florida
Matt Ginella gives us the history and top golf courses of the Tampa Bay area. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.I can tell you over the years that I have seen this golf tournament won and lost on these three holes. One of the most brutal finishing stretches in golf, and home to the PGA Tour's Tampa Championship, not many get through the Snake Pit unscathed. Oh. That will not be easy. Let's see if we can get