A view of the 18th green from Saddlebrook at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort.
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3.8
428 Reviews (428)
5 Stars
140
4 Stars
167
3 Stars
64
2 Stars
32
1 Stars
25
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
72.6%
Recommend this course
325 out of 428 reviews
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3.9
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
17
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
68.9%
Recommend this course
31 out of 45 reviews
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3.7
77 Reviews (77)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
66.2%
Recommend this course
51 out of 77 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
428 Reviews (428)

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 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not Worth the Price!

I played the Saddlebrook Course on 5/8/22. I did not stay at the resort. The parking situation is horrible. There is valet parking, however the setup is not ideal. I ended up having to carry my cart bag probably a quarter mile to the cart I would end up using. The starter was excellent and the only thing that made the entire experience tolerable. I was started off on #10 and right away you could see that this was the typical Florida resort situation. Were at one point it was a top notch facility, however there is not nearly enough money put into keeping the course maintained properly. Interesting since I paid $77 to play and I am a Florida resident. The cart was old and raggedy with not even a USB connection. The cart paths all the way around the course were horrible. Tee boxes were bad, bunkers OK, and greens......a nightmare! Even the ball cleaning stations were unusable bc the water inside was brown and smelled. The cart girl was good, saw her once on the front and once on the back. This place is basically a municipal course on a resort. I will not play here again and would suggest to anyone to not pay a penny over $45 any time of year!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Day of Golf

Played the Palmer course, great couse, greens were perfect, highly recommend the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 37
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

New friends

I was a single the Saddlebrook staff introduced me to a group of 3 I had my own cart they made the extra effort making our golf round very comfortable! I would have no problem playing as a single at Saddlebrook!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Experience!

Great course, friendly staff, played 18 with my son and had a great time. Will definitely be back!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Rough Shape

Frustrating that the course upkeep is so inconsistent. Tee box grass was as long as the rough, greens had burned out patches. Played a month ago and the course was manicured beautifully?

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 3
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 Excellent
Played On
Reviews 29
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course but tipping got to be too much

I’ve played both courses several times over the years but this time had to use valet parking which meant tipping the valet driver, tipping the guy that unloaded the clubs and placing them in the cart and then when round was over tipping the the very nice gentleman who insisted on wiping our clubs down, tipping the cart guy who loaded the clubs and brought us back to the valet service then tipping the guy who fetched our car.. For me who plays a lot I’d rather just go where I can put my own clubs on the cart and go play.

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

Saddlebrook course rivals on site Palmer course for interest and layout.

Interesting and tough. Course was in good condition. Lots of interesting holes requiring precise shot placement.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 93
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
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 Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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