If you’re planning a golf getaway to Florida, then look no further than the Salamander Golf Collection.
Salamander Hotels & Resorts has packaged three outstanding resorts in Central Florida that offer a full compliment of experiences for any golfer in search of a getaway you’ll talk about for years to come.
Innisbrook Resort on the west coast, Reunion Resort in Orlando, and Hammock Beach on the east coast are among the top-rated golf resorts in the country. They have four things in common that are crucial to a memorable golf vacation.
Exceptional golf. Each resort features one or more courses over 7100 yards and numerous Salamander courses are ranked in the top 10 among Florida courses you can play.
Accommodations suited for a golf group. You will feel right at home in well-appointed villas that feature kitchens, balconies and spacious living areas. Golfers will never feel cramped at a Salamander Golf Collection facility.
Dining. A sumptuous dinner puts the perfect bow on a memorable day of golf. Every taste will be satisfied at all three resorts.
Packages. Golfpac Travel will create a customized package for the resort of your choice. The packages range from deluxe accommodations and one round of golf per day, to upgraded rooms and unlimited golf. Or the golf travel professionals at Golfpac will create a personalized package to suit your group’s needs.
As a group, the three resorts are unmatched. Individually, each has its own personality.
If the first and last word of your vacation is golf, then Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa might be the choice. The nature-laden resort just north of Tampa has long been a favorite of the traditional golfer. Four courses designed by Larry Packard offer tremendous variety for the extremely skilled down to the novice.
Best known of the four is the Copperhead, host to the PGA Tour every March. Tour players rave about the layout, calling it extremely demanding and fair. Former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer calls Copperhead his favorite course on the PGA Tour. Ranked No. 5 in Florida by Golf Magazine, Copperhead rests comfortably on the rolling landscape, winding through tall pines and moss-draped oaks. Long and accurate tee shots are key to playing well on this challenging course.
While Copperhead grabs the headlines, the Island Course just may be the best overall course at Innisbrook. Packard brings water hazards into play on many of the Island holes. Combined with extraordinary elevation change and sloping greens, the Island will test all aspects of your game.
The other two courses — the North and the South — offer a more leisurely experience, though neither are pushovers. Copperhead also features a terrific practice area to sharpen your skills before and after rounds.
Accommodations are well suited for groups of golfers. Low rise lodges that blend into the natural setting at Innisbrook offer all the comforts of home — full kitchens, oversized living and dining areas, and private balconies. And all offer complimentary, high-speed Internet access, as well as flat-panel TVs and other extras.
Several restaurants and lounges offer a variety of dining options. Together with swimming pools, tennis courts and a full-service spa, guests never have to leave the property to enjoy a well-rounded golf vacation.
If you’re looking for a more activities-oriented golf vacation, Reunion Resort in Orlando is a great choice. Located 30 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and six miles from Walt Disney World& Resort, Reunion's exclusive 2,300-acre community has the space, amenities, and accommodations for a diverse golf getaway.
Reunion is the only resort in the world to offer golf courses designed by hall of famers Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, and Jack Nicklaus. Our favorite is the Palmer course, whose hilly terrain creates a rollercoaster-like round of golf. Expansive fairways allow golfers to reach back for a little extra off the tee. The course’s defense is provided by well-bunked, sloping greens.
The Watson Course another beauty but it's also a beast. Tighter fairways call for accuracy off the tee, but the key shot is often the approach to challenging green complexes. The Nicklaus Course is a Parkland-style layout is smooth and flowing, with long horizon lines and elevated tee boxes and greens.
The beautifully appointed 2- and 3-bedroom villas, many with stunning golf course views, are perfect for groups who can stretch out in home-like settings. To close out their nights, golfers can venture to Eleven, the top of the resort restaurant and lounge where Walt Disney World Fireworks show can be viewed nightly from the patio.
If ocean views are more to your liking, Hammock Beach is the perfect choice. Located in Palm Coast between Daytona and Jacksonville, Hammock Beach offers luxurious accommodations and two outstanding courses.
The Ocean Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is ranked No. 10 in Florida by Golfweek and features six holes that play along the Atlantic Ocean. This is a typical Nicklaus design with wide fairways and challenging green complexes. The second course at Hammock Beach is Tom Watson’s Conservatory, ranked 15th in the state. It is a links style masterpiece comprised of 140 acres of dramatic rolling hills and huge undulating greens not commonly found in Florida.
A water park and full-service spa help fill the days, and a choice of oceanfront restaurants await at night. There are several accommodations choices. The new Ocean Towers are situated on the north and south side of the main resort structure. These luxurious three bedroom suites feature a private balcony, many with sweeping views of the Ocean Course and Atlantic coastline.
The Villas at Hammock Beach offer more privacy in 2- and 3-bedroom villas, And for a true intimate experience the 20-room Lodge at Hammock Beach is perfect. The luxuriously appointed guestrooms each have a private balcony, sophisticated marble entry and bathrooms with granite vanities.
At the end of the day, the resorts that make up the Salamander Golf Collection provide three excellent options for the traveling golfer. As a trio they define variety, each offering something for every golfer’s taste.