South Course at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Fla. has plenty of bite
Innisbrook Resort - South golf course - no. 8
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Innisbrook Resort - South golf course - no. 8
The par-71 South Course at Innisbrook Resort is just 6,442 yards, but there are plenty of tough holes, like the no. 1 handicap hole, the par-5 eighth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Innisbrook Resort - South golf course - no. 3
The first couple holes, including the short par-5 second, represent scoring opportunities on the South golf course at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Florida. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Innisbrook Resort - South golf course - no. 5
By the time you get to the par-3 fifth hole, the South golf course at Innisbrook Resort starts to open up with a few links elements. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Innisbrook Resort - South golf course - no. 6
The par-4 sixth is one of the most exposed holes on the South Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Innisbrook Resort - South golf course - no. 13
At 561 yards, the par-5 13th is the longest hole on the South golf course at Innisbrook Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Innisbrook Resort - South golf course - no. 14
Water looms right on the par-4 14th on the South Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Innisbrook Resort - South golf course - no. 15
There's lots of water on the par-5 15th on the South golf course at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Innisbrook Resort - South golf course - no. 17
You're back in the trees by the time you get to the par-4 17th on the South Course at Innisbrook Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Innisbrook Resort - South golf course - no. 18
Like, the ninth hole on the South golf course at Innisbrook Resort, the back nine closes out with a par 3 as well. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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South Course at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa is no small test of golf

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- One of four 18-hole golf courses at Innisbrook Resort, the South Course may be somewhat on the short side, but it has plenty of bite.

Designed by Larry and Roger Packard and opened in 1970, the 6,400-yard course is a mixture of styles. It starts out in the hardwoods, but by the time you get to the fifth hole, the course opens up to wide fairways and lots of bunkering and mounds, exposing itself to the winds off the Gulf of Mexico. There's also water on 10 holes, so it's anything but a pushover. But with four sets of tees, measuring as short as 4,925 yards, the golf course is also very junior, senior and women friendly.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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South Course at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa is no small test of golf