A view of the 18th green from Saddlebrook at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort.
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3.8
467 Reviews (467)
5 Stars
151
4 Stars
178
3 Stars
74
2 Stars
37
1 Stars
27
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
70.8%
Recommend this course
350 out of 467 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.7
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
67.6%
Recommend this course
23 out of 34 reviews
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3.7
83 Reviews (83)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
22
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
66.3%
Recommend this course
55 out of 83 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 70
Length 6480 yards
Slope 142
Rating 72.3

The Saddlebrook Resort boasts 36 holes of championship golf designed by Arnold Palmer. The resort sprawls across 480 acres of lush, rolling hills covered with groves of tall cypress trees and swaying palms that weave through sparkling blue lagoons. The Saddlebrook Course is the tighter and flatter of the two courses at the resort but the layout offers a mix of wide and narrow fairways. Palmer equipped the layout with beautifully designed par 4s and par 5s framed with moss-draped cypresses. Water is a more prominent feature on this golf course with ponds and lakes coming into play on 14 holes. There are also more than 50 sand bunkers that are strategically placed along the greensides and near the landing zones on a few of the doglegs. The course has a memorable finish with a lengthy par 4 that doglegs right with water all along the right side.

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Course Details

Year Built 1976
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dean Refram Ed Seay (1986) Arnold Palmer (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Saddlebrook Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Fitness

Reviews

3.8
467 Reviews (467)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Patio Dining 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 23
Water Hazards 23
Narrow Fairways 20
This course/club is great for:
Locals 16
A Weekend Splurge 14
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 14
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 23
Worth the Drive 13
Convenient to the City 11

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2.0
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I was really disappointed the courses and everything around it just seem so dated to me, tired and old

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Amenities Poor
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4.0
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Pace Excellent
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
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4.0
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Previously Played

On course bathrooms are not cleaned and attended to enough. Dirty and no toilet paper.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 6
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Plays Once a week
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Saddlebrook course

Some of the fairways were just dirt. Some of the greens not very good. 4 were temporary. Should have lowered the cost $20.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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2.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Love the course and staff but the conditions were awful and undisclosed

3 temporary greens an average of 50 yards prior to the greens under repair. I would not have played it had that been the case. The temporary greens were cut out of fairway and about 10 yards wide. That said, staff are friendly and the course design is solid under normal conditions.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 48
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Super Great day Except For The Heat

I actually booked the Saddlebrook course because I had not played it yet but the pro shop advised me to play the palmer course again because there were 3 temp greens on the Saddlebrook. Nice of them to advise me and I will go back TO PLAY THE SADDLEBROOK in the future. Everybody is always nice at this beautiful resort and conditions are always perfect. Play it while the prices are low. It is the same course in the winter !!!.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great Value & Enjoyable Layout

Incredible value for a Saturday morning at just $35. However, this was due to 3 temporary greens which is understandable. Course conditions were great but not quite impeccable. Only real downside was trying to get food and beverages at the turn. It was a slow week at the resort but it was difficult the flag down an employee for bar service. Overall a good experience at a great price.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Previously Played

So much has changed.

Recently played Saddlebrook, the Saddle side and was unusually disappointed. I remember pre covid playing at it- was a luxury (no outside beverages, valet, plush greens and landscaping, truly a nice course considering) played yesterday 8-13 and will probably not be back for some time. The overall scenery just wasn’t what I remembered. Apparently there is a new owner…and in my opinion, there needs to be another new owner. Greens were not great, grass was half dead, landscaping looked like it hadn’t been touched in months. 3 holes that I can remember there was a flag posted in the middle of the fairway with grass trimmed way down to mimic a green with a hole in the middle, I was SHOCKED. If a green is under repair that’s one thing, this looked like it was the new norm for some previous months and you had to somehow maintain your score while putting on fairway grass. Bunkers were weeded, tee boxes had seen better days. In my best overall conclusion it looked as if it was headed for a course that you rough up and learn to play on, not one you go to when your game is top notch like it used to be. I wouldn’t pay over $30 to go there again.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Temporary greens were disappointing

There were 3 temporary greens that we had to play- which essentially made the short game on those holes useless. Rest of course was in great shape- looking forward to coming back soon!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice place

Great value but a little wet but very well maintained. My wife and I played and other than a couple singles that had to play through us it was good.
I would go back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A Little Disappointed

First the guy told us the greens were in great shape and they just cut for smooth roll. This was not the case. The greens were sandy and okay. Wish someone told us that not 1 but 3 holes were in the middle of the fairway. Made it difficult to judge distance or even what we were doing. It was terrible. They have their sprinklers watering sidewalks and bunker. Misses the greens entirely. Grass was all over the fairways after they cut. If it wasnt for the coupon of $37 this would have been much lower rating. I just dont know why no one mentioned specific holes the green is in the fairway. Other than that enjoy the layout. Could use better amenities because the first 9 holes no cart person or water anywhere. Would play again. It is solid course just disappointing building it up to a friend to be let down.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Don’t bother!!

I played the Saddlebrook course for the first time. The green we’re about a 7 on stint and 2 or 3 temp greens. The whole course was soggy and bunkers were horrible. I recommend going elsewhere.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Palmer Course

1st time playing the Palmer course. Very nice, except for the greens!! Still remnants of the aeration that looked like it was done a few months ago - ball bounced all over the place when putting... ughhh. Outside of the greens, I enjoyed the T-boxes to the fairways.

2nd time at Saddlebrook and the apathy at the pro shop is still alive and well! If you don't like what you're doing, leave!!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 143
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Not bad

They have been working on this course for about a year now they need to get done

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 32
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Needs work

Some greens need work, they had temporary greens that they didn’t tell us about! Now they are charging $8 for valet parking and it took a while to get my car! Left a bad taste in my mouth, wont be going back anytime soon

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
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