A view of the 18th green from Saddlebrook at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort.
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3.7
393 Reviews (393)
5 Stars
125
4 Stars
156
3 Stars
59
2 Stars
29
1 Stars
24
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
70.9%
Recommend this course
299 out of 393 reviews
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3.2
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
5
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.3
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.3
57.6%
Recommend this course
19 out of 33 reviews
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3.7
80 Reviews (80)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
71.2%
Recommend this course
57 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

3.7
393 Reviews (393)

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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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

not up to par

some greens were in pretty rough shape , played at 4 different course in the area this week, this was by far in the worse condition, not worth the fees

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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First Time Playing

Poor greens

There were a lot damaged areas on many of the greens

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 50
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Misleading - Saddlebrook Course

Not as reviewed on GolfNow/GolfPass. This may have been a solid course some years ago, but it's dropping in the rankings today.

Much of the pace of play conditions can easily be solved through effective marshalling. This course had great check-in and starter slots, but that where is it ended. Front 9 was a little over 1 1/2 hours and we finished in 5 hours.

The resort appears tired and in need of an update. A chicken sandwich for $15 and beers at $10/each would lead me to a starvation diet. You want to patronize a course in their concession area, but certainly not subsidize the entire operation.

Tee boxes were good and fairways decent, but greens were long, shaggy and extremely slow. There were also many dead spots on most greens and attempted patching with sod.

On vacations I tend to stock up on pro shop attire, but not here. The pro shop was virtually empty and must be remodelling. I left without the opportunity to purchase anything.

Not a repeater. Player beware.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good course, should’ve been better.

I really enjoy Saddlebrook, I’ve played the Palmer course a few times and I absolutely love it. The greens on the Saddlebrook course made it feel like $10 golf instead of $100 dollar golf. They were so over seeded that we were slamming putts to get them to move more than ten feet. I love the course and layout, but honestly should have been better cut. I know they are super professional out there and would have loved to see a little better care taken to ensure the greens were in better shape.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Surprising Gem

Best Florida course ever.Challenging , yet playable even with overseeding

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Recently Over Seeded should be good to play in few weeks.

Made a trip over to Tampa to play this course. Golf now didn’t mention the overseeding. Just mentioned 90 degree rule which turned into CPO.

Not the end of the world. Fairways were great and the layout was really fun. Greens were in pretty awful shape due to overseeding. For this time of year the price was great and the course was empty….now I understand why but it was still enjoyable and I would come back and play again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Golfing Dream

2 great courses to choose from..we played the Palmer amazing challenge in fact on the day too much of a challenge and it beat me up a bit......so enjoyable

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Property in need of TLC

Saddlebrook has made several cutbacks especially in the amenities department. Many of the greens were in rough shape. Hopefully the course will come back a little bit later but will need at least a couple of weeks before the greens are playable. We played the saddlebrook course not the palmer.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

very wet conditions / poor greens

very wet conditions and greens needed much attention

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wet but playable

We were able to play a day after 24 hours of rain. Cart path only rules applied with a lot of standing water. But play was light so we set our own pace. Having played Saddlebrook before we were thankful that the course was open. Even with the added time for walking across the fairways, the layout is still beautiful and challenging and a lot of fun to play.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good value

Was told five to six greens were in need of repair. Found they were better than expected. Enjoyed my round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Not a Diamond in the ruff

The first issue was the golf cart that the brake did not work and Kyle the direct of golf new about after i complain ing about it. He stated they have issues with brakes. I informed Kyle about the ruff on the Palmer coarse that is so bad that you had to step on your ball to find it. I lost 7 balls in the ruff not DIAMONDS. He said because of rain he had to let it grow so it would not burn. I am good with that however, they should inform you at time of booking your tee time.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Needs lots of work

The course was not well taken care of. Patchwork greens. Mud everywhere. Drainage problems. Sand traps not upkept. And they said it was busy but we didn’t see another group of golfers the entire day! That last part was the only positive aspect of playing here.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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