Innisbrook honors GOP presidents
Just in time for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the Innisbrook Golf Resort is temporarily renaming the holes on its famed Copperhead Course after the past 18 Republican presidents of the United States.
The resort, which hosts the PGA Tour's annual Transitions Championship on the Copperhead Course, is serving as the home base of delegates from Florida and South Carolina, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and decided to honor the GOP presidents during the convention.
Each Republican president will get his own hole, and the presidents were assigned to holes in chronological order starting with Abraham Lincoln and ending with George W. Bush.
The Business Journal’s Chris Wilkerson had some fun in coming up with descriptions for the holes using their presidential namesakes. Here are some examples:
--1. The Abraham Lincoln is a 500-yard, par 5 stalwart. It is a long hole that will punish a golfer for straying. It is the kind of first hole that lets you know you are in for a war.
--6. Benjamin Harrison is a dangerous par 4 with large trees crowding a skinny fairway. Harrison’s advice on the Copperhead sixth would be to spend money. Maybe buy a beer from the drink cart zipping up the fairway — Harrison signed the first ever billion-dollar budget.
--7. President William McKinley helped usher in an era of economic expansion at the turn of the century. His hole is a forgiving par 4 with a wide fairway and a shady cart path for enjoying the beer bought during the Harrison administration.
--9. The front nine closes with a salute to the first president who truly loved golf — William Howard Taft. The Taft hole is a long, open par 4 with a slow rise to the pin. The presidency was only the halfway point in Taft’s career. He went on to be the chief justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
--12. On the 12th, golfers can lose their fortune in golf balls at the most dangerous water hazard on the course. The 12th belongs to Herbert Hoover, whose presidency saw many Americans lose their fortune in the Wall Street crash of 1929.
--14. The Richard Nixon is … well … tricky. A long par 5 with two dog legs and a lake, the Nixon is set up to be the course’s signature hole. And yet somehow, after playing this picturesque hole with its sweeping view and made-for-TV vistas, golfers can’t help but walk away scratching their heads.