A view of the 18th green from Saddlebrook at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort.
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3.8
366 Reviews (366)
5 Stars
121
4 Stars
150
3 Stars
49
2 Stars
26
1 Stars
20
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
73.8%
Recommend this course
285 out of 366 reviews
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4.1
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
78.4%
Recommend this course
29 out of 37 reviews
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4.0
80 Reviews (80)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
39
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
80.0%
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64 out of 80 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
366 Reviews (366)

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 11
Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Hot weather
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Rough is ROUGH!

I played this course twice this summer.
Round 1. The starter joked and said to watch out for the rough because the grass was not cut. Ok fine, it's the summer, we shall deal with it.
Round 2 (1 month later). The grass is still NOT cut. I lost my ball on the 3rd hole and it was probably 3 ft off the fairway. Try chipping when your ball is completely hidden with grass. Bump & Run? No chance... Greenside chip shot... Good luck. Miss a fairway... you're screwed. Your ball disappears immediately off the fairway and off the green... It's unfortunate because the staff is super friendly but unless you are a scratch golfer (which you're not)... the course is no fun :(

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 6
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Good Layout

Played course when it was fairly wet and much of the rough hadn’t been mowed. The layout was very good and worth the money on a hot deal rate. Many of the greens were in somewhat bad shape so putting was difficult. Fairways were in good shape and pace of play was fine. Staff of was very friendly.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love this course

I play this course most often in the Tampa area. Great track, management and value. It’s in pretty good shape now and I look forward to golfing there again soon

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
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2.0
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Not worth the $$

Rain was heavy night before, but middle of fairways were underwater. To still charge $70 knowing the conditions were that bad is poor on part of course.
No one else on the course, which was good. Greens on some of the holes were awful! Would not pay $70 to play there again. Too bad…the reputation had my hopes really high

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Saddlebrook course was in good shape, despite all of the recent rain. The greens were consistent and a bit slow (expected due to the rain) but in excellent shape. Staff is always very friendly. I play both Saddlebrook and Palmer (the other 18) multiple times per year. Practice facility is one of the best in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent Golf day with my daughter on Fathers Day

They are very attentive - I would highly recommend

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

NOT one of "Florida's 20 best golf resorts"!

Tim Gavrich's January 17th Golf Pass article entitled "Florida's 20 best golf resorts" identifies Saddlebrook as one of Florida's best "stay and play" golf resorts. I must disagree. Perhaps it was a great experience when it opened in 1979 but we had one of the worst golf experiences in years at Saddlebrook today. No one greeted us when we arrived. In fact, there was no staff to be found or instructions for arriving golfers. Finally I went into the resort and was told to wait for a bellman. Ten minutes later I had to go back in because no one came. Once again, I was told they were too busy checking people out of the hotel and had no one to attend to us and take us to the pro shop. They said I could carry our clubs across to the other side of the resort if I wanted to. (They didn't understand the concept of tee times). That was just the initial experience. Nasty bathrooms, several 100% dirt tee boxes, un-manicured bunkers, pedestrians walking across fairways, bikers with toddlers sitting on the handle bars riding through the fairways (not beside them, ON the fairways), cigarette butts on the greens, beer cans in the bushes, spotty greens, patchy fairways. This was fun - - a single player and his girlfriend showed up out of nowhere in their bathing suits. He hit into us, then waited and refused to play through. Then he played the 16th hole after we finished it, After finishing on the 16th green they drove past us on 17,then off the course, parked at the pool and went for a swim. Apparently he had no tee time but was just randomly playing golf wherever he could find an open golf hole. We're there any positives? Yes - (A) The beverage cart attendant and Craig (at pro shop) were helpful, (B) we were given one free bottle of water by the pro shop staff, and (C) American flags were used instead of Saddlebrook flags on hole #'s 1 & 18 to commemorate Memorial Day. BOTTOM LINE: Skip Saddlebrook. Just skip it. As a golfer, I can assure you that you're not missing out on anything. This is definitely not even a top 500 Florida golf destination. We've played numerous clubs and even municipal courses that beat the Saddlebrook experience. The golf course relies on the hotel staff to get you to the pro shop - and this process doesn't work. Saddlebrook Resort needs a lot of pressure washing, landscaping, cleaning crews, redevelopment, and better management. We will not stay here or play here ever again and do not recommend it.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Lush

Course was green, fairways and greens were growing very well. Pace was a little bit slow on the green, but rolls were fair.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Greens need attention

Although they're advertising problems with 5 greens, in my opinion all of the greens need work. Been visiting here for 10 years and the greens are nowhere near what they were prior to covid.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course review

Nice layout and tremendous price. A lot of amenities are still closed.
Worth a trip

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

Great challenging course

The only real issue that I have with the course is that a few of the greens we’re patchwork from repairs other than that the greens were great fairways were great. Nice course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always like both of Saddlebrooks courses

We played the saddlebrook course this time I believe they were letting some of the greens grow to let some spots heal up. It left some inconsistencies in the speeds from hole to hole but the course was in great shape overall.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always a pleasure

Saddlebrook never disappoints. Always well kept. The greens in excellent condition. Both courses are tough but fair. They offer a good challenge to all golfers. I just love playing there. :).

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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