Valspar Championship: Everything You Need to Know About the Copperhead Course

Published 04/28/2021, 6:30 AM EDT


The PGA Tour’s Florida Swing will come to an end this year at the 2021 Valspar Championship. The tournament holds a lot of acclaim for constantly inviting the world’s best golfers to take part in the event, but where is it played every year? Here’s everything you need to know about the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida. 

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The Valspar Championship has been hosted at the Copperhead Course in Innisbrook Resort ever since its inception in 2000. So the venue has been consistent, and the Copperhead course is deemed as one of the toughest layouts on the calendar. 

Origin of the course

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There are a lot of things one can learn about the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort. It is located just outside of Tampa, and it is one of the four courses that are a part of the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club. 

As per Golf.com, the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club was built in 1970, but the Copperhead Course did not come into existence till 1974. It was the second course to be built as part of the Innisbrook Resort, as the first one was the Island Course. 

The Copperhead course was rated as the sixth most difficult course on the PGA Tour in 2018. The course was designed by Larry Packard who embraced all the natural elements to add more shine to the layout. 

The fairways and the greens at the course are Bermuda grass. Furthermore, a lot of the fairways are surrounded by pine trees, while water hazards and bunkers play a huge part in creating complexity as well.

Valspar Championship: Copperhead Course details

The Valspar Championship is the biggest tournament that is annually conducted at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort. The Par-71 course stretches to 7,340 yards during the time of the event and poses a major challenge to the players. 

While the Copperhead Course might be one of the toughest courses on the PGA Tour, the layout does have a few easy holes. For instance, the par-5 11th is considered the easiest hole on the course as it has a decent scoring average and a very low bogey rate. 

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72-HOLE RECORD: 266, Vijay Singh (2004).

18-HOLE RECORD: 61, Padraig Harrington (1st round, 2012).

Here’s a tabulated version of the yardage for all the 18-holes at the Copperhead Course: 

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HOLEPARYARDS
15560
24413
34442
43188
55607
64452
74410
83232
94420
104441
115567
124373
133199
145590
153208
164458
173206
184443

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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