Top 10 U.S. golf resort for women: Innisbrook

Image of Innisbrook ResortGather up some girlfriends, put on your flip-flops or golf sandals and forget about the world at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. About 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport, Innisbrook was named a Top 10 U.S. Golf Resort for Women 2015 because it is a perfect girls’ golf getaway. Certified by the National Women’s Golf Alliance, it has four championship golf courses, including the renowned Copperhead (tough but still well worth playing, said GottaGoGolf’s expert panel). There are also a nine-hole walking course and Golf Institute run by PGA Pro Dawn Mercer.

Owned by Sheila Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Resorts/Hotels, Innisbrook won applause from our panel for making women “well taken care of.” They especially loved the resort shuttles. Suites come with fully equipped kitchenettes/kitchens, and you can order groceries and amenities online. You can even fish for your dinner. Kids will enjoy Camp Nessie and Loch Ness Monster pool.

TEES RATED FOR WOMEN: Copperhead – Red 5,530/73.4/138; Gold 5,767/74.8/140; White 6,243/77.7/149. Island Course – Red 5,460/72.3/134; Gold 5,695/73.6/136; White 6,139/76.1/141. North Course – Red 4,817/68.6/125; White 5,304/71.4/132. South Course – Red 4,925/68.2/120; White 5,562/71.9/128.

AMENITIES: Five restaurants, poolside dining, onsite market. Golf Institute. USTA-staffed tennis center with 11 clay courts and three racquetball/Wallyball courts. Indaba spa and fitness center. Six pools/three hot tubs. Fishing. Free shuttles to Caladesi Island State Park. Small pets permitted ($250 fee).

BEST TIME TO VISIT: September to May.

*2-2-2 COST (AS OF MAY 1, 2015): $1,200 includes breakfast, other perks daily and a third round of golf.

*Approximate cost of two nights and two rounds of golf for two guests

–Susan Bairley

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