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Innisbrook's golf course to get all presidential for RNC



Did you know that there have been 18 Republican presidents in U.S. history?

Wait a sec, isn't that also the number of holes on a golf course?

Innisbrook is taking advantage of this accident in history and temporarily renaming each hole of its Copperhead Golf Course after the Republican presidents to further promote that the Florida and South Carolina delegates will be staying at the Pinellas County resort during the Aug. 27-30 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The holes are named in chronological order, so Abraham Lincoln, who had a terrific short game, gets dibs on Hole 1, Ulysses S. Grant gets his name on Hole 2 and so on through the final hole, which is named after 15-handicapper George W. Bush.

Of course, if Mitt Romney wins this fall's election, that would make it 19 GOP presidents. Don't worry though. Innisbrook has more than the typical 18 holes.

Here's the resort's release:

Innisbrook’s Famed Copperhead Course to Salute Past Republican
Presidents in Honor of RNC

– As the Sunshine’s State official host hotel for the Republican National Convention, as well as the South Carolina delegates, Innisbrook is renaming the holes on the top-ranked Copperhead Course after the past 18 Republican Presidents of the United States during the RNC to be held in Tampa, August 27-30, 2012. With 18 past Republican Presidents, one president will be recognized on each hole of the golf course in the order they held office, starting with hole #1 which will be named after Abraham Lincoln.  Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course is a favorite among the PGA TOUR players that compete here annually in a nationally televised PGA TOUR event.  This is just one of many special festivities to take place during the week of the RNC being held in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.  
The 18 Republican Presidents are as follows:  Hole 1. Abraham Lincoln (1861 – 1865); 2. Ulysses S. Grant (1869 – 1877); 3. Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881); 4. James A. Garfield (1881); 5. Chester A. Arthur (1881 – 1885); 6. Benjamin Harrison (1889 – 1893); 7. William McKinley (1897 – 1901); 8. Theodore Roosevelt (1901 – 1909); 9. William Howard Taft (1909 – 1913); 10. Warren G. Harding (1921 – 1923); 11. Calvin Coolidge (1923 – 1929); 12. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933); 13. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 – 1961); 14. Richard Nixon (1969 – 1974); 15. Gerald R. Ford (1974 – 1977); 16. Ronald Reagan (1981 – 1989); 17. George H. W. Bush,  (1989 – 1993); 18. George W. Bush, (2001 – 2009).
To view the current names of each of Copperhead’s 18 golf holes
click here.  
Innisbrook is located at 36750 U.S. Hwy. 19 North, Innisbrook, FL  34684.  For more information, visit online at or call (727) 942-2000.
About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort

Operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport.  Recently and completely renovated, the resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 608 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 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.  Part of the
Grand Golf Resorts of Florida portfolio, Innisbrook hosts the annual PGA TOUR Transitions Championship at its famed Copperhead Course, and the LPGA-supported ISPA Legends Tour Open Championship, held annually at the equally challenging Island Course.  Innisbrook is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Preferred Golf Club programs.  For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit  

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