By Roger Cox, Editor
Part of this 1,000-acre property was originally an orange and grapefruit grove. A few trees survive, including some dotting the outskirts of the tennis complex, though today the predominant features are golf fairways and neatly manicured landscape with the occasional wetland or native forest. Accommodations have been scattered though a series of lodges, with views of golf courses or the resort grounds and situated to be close to swimming pools, dining, recreation, spa, and conference center, with a free on-property shuttle to stitch everything together.
Stay Longer at Four Seasons Resort Nevis with a complimentary fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights. That extra night means more time for tennis at the Resort's award-winning tennis center. The 10-court complex features two new AstroTurf courts, four red clay, and four hard, making the facility one of only two in the region to offer three different playing surfaces. For reservations, please call 869-469-6238 or visit fourseasons.com/nevis
Pro Shop: 727-942-5241
Originally from the United Kingdom, head pro Judi Alford played junior, high school, and college tennis, there, reaching the National Finals in 1992 and 1994 at the prestigious Queens Club. She brings 20 years of experience to her post at Innisbrook.
Tennis Programs. There's a solid mix of adult and junior programming, including daily adult clinics and complimentary match-arranging services, weekly mixed doubles round robin and men's and ladies drill and match play sessions, Cardio tennis, and a monthly mixed doubles social. There are also half- and full-day instruction packages that can be custom-tailored to your needs. Juniors will find everything from Quick Start introductions to tennis to advanced sessions for tournament players as well as holiday and summer junior tennis camps.
Courts & Fees. 11 Har-Tru courts, 7 with lights. Court fees: $25/court-hour.
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Beach. The nearest beach is 3½ miles west on the Gulf of Mexico.
Golf Courses. There are four 18-hole courses, all designed by Lawrence Packard, among them the highly rated Copperhead, which is the site each March of the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship.
Copperhead Course: A challenging 7,300 yards of tree-lined fairways and rolling terrain much of it through parts of the resort mostly free of residences. Par 71, 7,340 yards.
Island Course: Another long course, characterized by tight fairways, intimidating water hazards, abundant bunkers, and elevation changes. Par 72, 7,310 yards.
North Course: The shortest of the quartet but tight, with water hazards on 11 of its holes. Par 70, 6,325 yards.
South Course: Here the obstacles come in the form of fairway and waste bunkers, water hazards, and Gulf of Mexico breezes. Par 71, 6,620 yards.
Spa & Fitness Center. The newest addition to Innisbrook's amenities is Indaba Spa, a 20,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor retreat with 12 treatment rooms, meditation labyrinth, and a fully equipped fitness center.
There are four restaurants, variously offering sandwiches and pub fare to dry-aged steaks, and a market.
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Travel Instructions. The resort is roughly 24 miles from Tampa International Airport (TPA).
General Tourist Information. For information about the area around Innisbrook, visit the Palm Harbor section of the VisitFlorida.com website.