The Gasparilla Golf Club
As you may be aware, our Golf Course took sustained significant damage during Hurricane Ian. The sea wall, greens, irrigation, and bunkers were all affected to varying degrees. We lost over 200 trees during the storm, including the iconic Banyan tree between holes five and six. Furthermore, structural damage was sustained on all buildings on the course. Our team has been assessing the damage over the last several weeks and weighing our options. We have been planning a major restoration that was to take place over the summer of 2024. The restoration was going to necessitate us closing the course early and opening it late in 2024.
Knowing this was on the horizon as well as the realization that we would not be able to reopen the course until well into this season, we have decided to move forward with the restoration now with the goal of opening the 2023 season on-time with a new, pristine course that will serve us all for the next 20+ years.
We have been working with golf course architect, Tripp Davis, in planning the restoration so we have charged him with accelerating the process and beginning as soon as possible. Tripp was selected after a nationwide search. Tripp has an education in the land sciences, over 25 years of experience in design and construction, a strong background as a highly competitive golfer that knows the strategic side of the game intimately, and a passion for working in the field during construction on the subtle details that give his golf courses extraordinary strategic and visual character. He is proudly a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
Having a professional like Tripp and the team we have established at The Inn, we believe we can make the golf course a remarkable experience for years to come. With this schedule and the plan to move forward, the golf course will remain closed for the 2022-23 season and will be available in October of 2023.
— Jon Reecher, President & General Manager