A view of the 18th green from Saddlebrook at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort.
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3.7
312 Reviews (312)
5 Stars
102
4 Stars
126
3 Stars
44
2 Stars
22
1 Stars
18
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
71.7%
Recommend this course
242 out of 312 reviews
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3.9
26 Reviews (26)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
80.8%
Recommend this course
21 out of 26 reviews
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3.7
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
69.0%
Recommend this course
29 out of 42 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
312 Reviews (312)

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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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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 98
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 5
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
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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 21
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 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 63
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 63
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Gorgeous Fla day

A perfect day for golf in Florida. 65° and bright sun. No hurricanes in the forecast. The Palmer course was in great shape, From tee boxes to greens. Played as a twosome behind a twosome, behind another twosome in just over three hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great course, but...

It’s a resort style course. With its being in season there where definitely a lot of people on the course. Course conditions were fairly well. A couple of the greens had some repairs done to them recently. With it being in season a lot of people are walking around the greens where the main pool is at. 18 had a lot of people walking up and down the cart path leading up to the green and no one seemed to care that they were on the course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

First time

Course was in better shape than described. Pleasantly surprised. Pace was great. Course is tight but playable.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good time, but slow play and extremely wet

Course was good, just very wet considering no rain in a few days - lots of mud balls! Once of play an issue with no Marshall. Front 9 in 1:20, back in 2:25 due to three some 3 groups ahead. Only real negative of the day

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 12/13/2020

How were the practice facilities there? On the range could you hit off turf, or only mats?

Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Palmer Course, Saddlebrook

Played this course today for the first time. Absolutely loved it. The greens were a little slow but other than that it was awesome. Logan in the pro shop was very friendly & professional. Can’t wait to go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, but condition could be better

I actually like the layout of the Saddlbrook course better than the Palmer. Tee boxes and fairways were in excellent condition, but greens are pretty rough. Rained all night and part of the way through my round so course was a bit soggy. Although, not as bad as I expected. Proshop guy offered for me to play the Palmer course for the lower price of the Saddlbrook, but I was set to try it out and happy I did.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Resort Course

Such a fun layout... but you better know where and when to hit driver. Bunkers, tee boxes and fairways were good. Greens need some work, but didn’t effect putts that I had. Really hit some juicy wedges in close and only 3 putted “if I needed to.” I owned the par 3’s today. The post round cigar and Hamburger tasted oh so good after a 6 net 5 on 18 after bailing out on a hybrid and dumping it into the pond in front of 18. Cart girls are cool here. I’ll be back next time I’m in Pasco County.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 88
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

A must play

This is a course (and the Palmer course)that when I’m the Tampa area you have to make time to play both.Staff are very friendly and most helpful . You just need to play and enjoy both courses

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 26
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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