Koch to players: 'Just adjust guys' to Valspar greens
Gary Koch explains why the greens are slower than normal on the Copperhead course for the 2016 Valspar Championship.
Fresh and new: Players talk Copperhead changes
Players talk about the Copperhead course restoration efforts for the 2016 Valspar Championship. Ryan Burr and George Savaricas have the report.
Players adjust to greens at 2016 Valspar Championship
Paige Mackenzie and Damon Hack report on players adjusting to the greens of Innisbrook Copperhead Course during 2016 Valspar Championship. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Inspiration for course changes at Innisbrook
Director of Golf at Innisbrook Resort Bobby Barnes describes what happened during the restorations of the Copperhead Course prior to the 2016 Valspar Championship. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Obstacle course: Haas' biggest challenger is Copperhead
Valspar leader Bill Haas' biggest enemy Sunday isn't defending champ Jordan Spieth, it's the Copperhead Course.
Copperhead Course re-opens after renovations
Geoff Shackelford, Matt Ginella, and Gary Williams discuss the changes made to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.you mean, ceremonial? Well, they have done a major restoration of this golf course . And here is the owner of the resort, Sheila Johnson, talking about what they've accomplished. The USGA is on a mission. Of golf course sustainability. We have had over 130 golf courses closed. We've got to stop it. And it's because it's become almost unaffordable tolook at the driving distance, third meaning third lowest This is a golf course that is not one that you go bombers paradise, not at all. And you look at birdie average, putting inside of tenthe PGA tour?" Let's explain what they've done here. Yeah. A very tricky balance of renovating, updating, modernizing, but also keeping a golf course that is a player favorite without question. And so I think it was really more of it looked a little tired, it felt tired and it functioned in a tired way and this was more of a replenishment, maybe a little bit of a restoration and I think just kind of a modern updating and that's tougher than it sounds. You can really offend people if you dont' do that right. You know Matt, when this stuff happens a lot of it has to do with a word that I think is applicable here Encroachment. Things happen to a golf course over a course of time. Isn't this what they're doing, stripping away things that have encroached on areas that used to be different? Well, I think yeah, you know, you see old pictures in different club houses Houses and you see golf holes that you might know very well because you played the course a long time. it's unrecognizable to see. Recently we had pasa tiempo and talking about what they're doing to try and get water and sustainability. They had no trees on that golf course at the top of that property looking out to one and nine, it was wide open. And now it's tree soaked with,
Mackenzie: 'Need a game plan' for Snake Pit
Paige Mackenzie details her game plan for taking on the snake pit at Copperhead. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.then, of course, the Island Green 17th. And I think the hardest tee shot on the PGA Tour , maybe even as tough. As Bay Hill, I mean as, Doral as the 18th at TPC. So, I like these three hole stretches. I just don't like when they take away from the rest of the golf course too much. So, just keep em in perspective. How about you, Page, do you like em? From a players' perspective, I don't mind a tough stretch. I prefer it in the middle of the round, so if you really make a bogey or two and need to make a few birdies to make up for it, you've got room to do it. That's what makes this so difficult is that, that's the finishing stretch, so there is no making up for bogey. You gotta sleep on it, a tough finishing stretch. All right, let's take a look, a closer look at the snake pit, we want to look at those scales, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen, roughly walk this golf course par four, par three and par four. Here's sixteen, one of the holes you love. Well, this is the hardest shot on the golf course , the tee shot at sixteen. You can see water all the way down the right hand side. Drive it in the water there, you're probably gonna make a double bogie. But, if you bail left, which is trees and rough, chances are, you're gonna get out of there with a five. It is a really good golf hole. You have to hit a quality golf shot. Gonna be a mid iron for most of the players. To drive it in the fairway with a driver, they're gonna have a short iron. But,. Most of them are gonna hit 3-woods or long irons off the tee, or hybrids. 17, the tee shot here is interesting. It plays up the hill. I tink the hardest hole location is the front hole location. Mm-hm. That's where the green is the narrowest. You look at those two green side bunkers, if you're playing across the green from either side of that it's very difficult. It's a deep green but very, very narrow. And 18 of course really mimics the entire golf course to me in terms of the look. Carolina more than Florida to me. Yeah, it does look like Sandhills of Carolina. You
Back breaker: Tough back nine at Innisbrook
Charlie Rymer, Claude Harmon III, Holly Sonders, and Gary Williams discuss the back nine of the Copperhead course at Innisbrook. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.your grandfather was for so many years at Wingfoot. Not that, that white sand like you see at Augusta National . Now the 15th hole now, and Charlie your point about you, you gotta take advantage of these holes because you know there's a hang-on mentality on the final three. Yeah, you're exactly right. The, the 15th is this par 3 that plays a little bit down hill, the wind gets a little bit swirly in there. And, and it, it, it's, it's a Maybe, six, seven iron. If the wind backs around, players might have to hit a little bit longer iron in there. But, certainly, it's one of the par threes on the golf course where disaster doesn't lurk. And it is a nice scoring opportunity, if you hit a solid t shot. Yeah, and that's a big green. And you're, you're coming off of the 14th hole, where you've got a par five. So you come there. You're trying to get yourself ready for the snake pit . But a big green there. Normally, the wind kind of comes off of the left, coming off the ocean, or, or the, the ocean to the right. work to the left, not the ocean the gulf. And it swirls kinda in that area. So you'll see some players down there, Gary kinda throwing up grass and kinda looking up because the tee kinda sits up high and then you're shooting down low there. So that's a good hole coming into the snake pit , you feel like if you hit a good shot there, you got a chance to make a good Make a birdie. Get
Going the Distance: Par-4 16th at Innisbrook
Golf Channel’s Tripp Isenhour tells you why ‘Going the Distance’ is important on the 16th hole at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course, site of the 2014 Valspar Championship. Get more distance at golfchannel.com/getlongwe're at the Innisbrook Gulf Course. In Palm Harbor, Florida. The Copperhead Golf Course . The Copperhead is a snake, right? Well, we have a three hole stretch called the Snake Pit . And the first hole of that Snake Pit is the 16th hole. A very difficult 475 yard par four. That is the opening to three dangerous holes that can ruin your round late in this round. Let's take a look at the 16th hole. Like I said, 465 yards, a very daunting tee shot . Water all the way down the right And what you have to watch out for is this area right here. This is about 250 yards to this area. This is about 280 yards just past these trees. But you have to watch the runout. Over here to the left about 293 yards away, so you want to hit a tee shot that lands about right here. That's about a 265, 275 yard tee shot . That's gonna leave you 160 yards to the front of this very small green, fronted by these trees. These trees to right
The Snake Pit: Previewing Innisbrook's closing holes
Damon Hack, Gary Williams, Peter Jacobsen and Mark Rolfing discuss the Snake Pit - holes 16, 17 and 18 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.PGA tour heads to the snake pit, the Valspar champion. Good field this week. Matt Kucher's playing, Luke Donnell's playing, George Speak who performed so well last year's playing. They all gotta go through this snake pit. 16, 17 and 18 as Kevin Strielman did last year so well. You like the snake pit GW? You, you're chuckling. I, I like the golf course very much. I remember going there as a kid with my dad. And having grown up and, and spent a lot of time in the Carolinas, it reminds me uh,of the Sandhills of North Carolina. There is some elevation change. It, it it, very different from where there, where you guys were Peter and Mark, and where they're going to. This a different part of the state of Florida over on, you know, in that Tampa, St . Pete area. Yes, they're very demanding holes. Mark, starting with 64, the T-shot here, one of the hardest on the PGA tour . I'm gonna let Peter Jacobsen talk about this one. Your very familiar with that water on the right. Ya. Yep. I've hit in the water. I've hit it up against those trees on the right. I've also hit it up against the cart path on the left. This is just a very difficult hole, but it's fair. And I think that's the one word I would use to describe the entire golf course , is it's fair. There's no tricks. You just have to put the ball in the fairway, put in on the green, and make your putt. Does this, does this tournament need a different date? I mean, this is a tremendous golf course . A lot of people said, as you said earlier show, in the show, Gary, Top 5 for a lot of people. If this had a better date, maybe you get even a better feel. I, I think the date, I'm okay with the date. I think it's important that the Florida swing have continuity that it has. I also think they do benefit from players who feel like they, they're in pretty good form. Some of these younger players who may not have been in the field at the World Golf Championship . As we move on to the 18th, Mark the thing about this hole is that the constant uphill grind. This is a