A view of the 18th green from Saddlebrook at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort.
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3.7
325 Reviews (325)
5 Stars
103
4 Stars
135
3 Stars
45
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
19
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
74.2%
Recommend this course
253 out of 325 reviews
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3.8
39 Reviews (39)
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
82.1%
Recommend this course
32 out of 39 reviews
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3.7
44 Reviews (44)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
25
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
77.3%
Recommend this course
34 out of 44 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

3.7
325 Reviews (325)

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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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Enjoyable day of play

Enjoyable day at the course , landscaping is beautiful and meticulously manicured. We were disappointed in the greens which were being worked on but overall very pleased. More sand traps than we’re used to but beautiful traps that have been well taken care of. Saw quite a few gators yesterday and at the ladies tee on the second hole I went to get out of the cart and was about 20 feet from a 14 foot gator sunning himself, needless to say I moved up and created my own tee box. Great experience for the price, will return again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome day

Some greens in pretty rough shape but fairways were great and overall a great experience!! Pace of play was awesome.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Narrow with some small greens

Played for the first time today and course was tough. Bery narrow fairways with lots of water and bogs. Pace of play was great as our 4some finished in under 4 hours. Greens we very fast

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great layout

Course has a great layout! Greens were slow and lots of patch work.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 47
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Very enjoyable time at Saddlebrook. Staff all very friendly and helpful. Greens were nice lots of breaks so ball position is important, but they rolled very true and are in excellent condition, with only a few minor blemishes. Fairways nice and pretty wide open. Overall a very nice course and will be back. Also we were lucky enough to get put out on the Palmer course, without asking for upgrade.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Saddlebrook

Greens were rolling at a 10... which is always great. Winter conditions in a few places in the fairways with thin lies.
Overall a nice course...

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice layout

We enjoyed or time on the saddlebrook course. Some greens need a little help but you could tell they are working on them. Hopefully in a few months they will be better. Tight fairways which makes it nice not having to hit driver on every hole but if you can hit straight drives you’ll be happy.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 104
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course has went downhill. The Saddle Brook side is not worth playing Possibly one of the worst courses in Tampa area. The greens are horrible and the fairways are not much better. After 5 holes we moved over to the Palmer side to see if it was any better yes it is better but it's not up to The standards it once was . Believe the pandemic probly cause a lot of the maintenance problems. Oh well hope they get it together

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 64
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Disappointed

The course is very interesting to play. However a number of the greens still need to be repaired. Expected better conditions for a resort. Also, no ranger and played through 2 fivesomes and a sixsome. “they claimed it was two threesomes”. Wait for better conditions.

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

Saddlebrook course

The course had a great layout, however the greens were in bad shape.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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