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A Grand Golf Getaway at the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida
By John Torsiello | Published  04/23/2015 | Florida | Unrated
A Grand Golf Getaway at the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida
If you are looking for a top shelf, all-inclusive, well-rounded golfing and fun-packed getaway, then you have to try out the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, a Salamander Collection that features Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast.

From the Gulf to the Atlantic, the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida features a total of more than 1,200 spacious villas and homes, numerous family-oriented activities, world-class spas and top-notch golf. With Florida being one of the world’s greatest year-round and most accessible golf destinations, the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida collection provides the ultimate getaway families, couples and of course, golfers in any season.

Readily accessible from Tampa International airport the Innisbrook Resort is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Recently renovated, the resort features four courses of championship golf designed by living legend Larry Packard, 600 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Academy, 11 tennis courts, the new luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art fitness center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space.

The centerpiece of Innisbrook Resort is its 72 holes of Larry Packard-designed golf, the star of which, the Copperhead Course, is one of the most-respected tracks on the PGA Tour. The resort’s equally-as-challenging Island Course hosts LPGA-supported Legends Tour Open Championship.

Located in the heart of this unique golf resort concept is Reunion Resort in Orlando. The AAA-Four diamond resort features 330 accommodations, including luxury condominiums, private villas and deluxe vacation homes surrounded by 2,300 acres of lush landscape and nature preserve. These are highlighted by the 82-suite Reunion Grande, an 11-story hotel, replete with stunning lobby and bar, exquisite décor, elegantly appointed meeting space, and two restaurants , including the hip “Eleven,” which features a rooftop pool and nightly views of the fireworks from nearby Walt Disney World.

Reunion Resort is the only location in the United States with golf courses designed by all three golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson, and also features the exclusive ANNIKA Academy by Annika Sorenstam. Additional facilities include a boutique spa, multiple pools, slides, water playgrounds and a 1,000-foot “lazy river.”
 An easy 90-minute drive east of Reunion Resort and perched upon more than two miles of pristine Atlantic beach on Florida’s Palm Coast is the AAA Four Diamond-rated Hammock Beach Resort. Hammock Beach features 320 accommodations, including a 12-story tower of ocean view luxury suites, and an intimate 20-room lodge that boast spectacular golf course and ocean views. Hammock nearly takes on the airs of a boutique retreat, yet there are none of the boutique limitations. The resort’s playtime options run from a lazy river-adorned, multi-level water park to a marina offering charter services of its 117-foot yacht, the Sundancer.

Hammock Beach is mostly famed for its two spectacular golf courses. The Ocean Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is one of Florida’s highest rated and plays six holes directly along the Atlantic Ocean. The Conservatory Course was designed by Tom Watson and is one of Florida’s longest layouts, characterized by waterfalls, babbling brooks and field stone work. To unwind after hitting the links, head to the Sand Trap Bar is perfect for a post-round refreshment, or the oceanfront Atlantic Grille restaurant for dinner.

In addition to stellar accommodations, the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida features its main attraction: The Legends of Golf Trail. Golfers can play their way from coast to coast on the golf trail designed by golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Larry Packard. For more information about the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, visit