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4.5
510 Reviews (510)
5 Stars
265
4 Stars
172
3 Stars
43
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
11
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
93.4%
Recommend this course
456 out of 510 reviews
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4.5
72 Reviews (72)
5 Stars
45
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.7
94.4%
Recommend this course
68 out of 72 reviews
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4.6
146 Reviews (146)
5 Stars
97
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.9%
Recommend this course
140 out of 146 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 6273 yards
Slope 136
Rating 72.5

The Palmer Course is one of two championship courses designed by Arnold Palmer at the Saddlebrook Resort just north of Tampa. Although it is seemingly tame at 6,273 yards, it plays much tougher. The golf course features more elevation changes than the resort's other course, the Saddlebrook. The undulating, tree-lined fairways were designed to mimic a hilly New England course but the moss-covered cypresses, palm trees, and marshy swamplands are true to the Florida landscape. The layout features tight fairways framed with contoured mounding and the occasional water hazard but the most formidable challenge comes from the bunkers strategically placed along the undulating greens. The approaches to the tiered greens, which are often sloped from back to front, demand accuracy. Golfers should be prepared to use every club in their bag and employ a variety of different shots.

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Course Details

Year Built 1982
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Tif-Eagle Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (1982) Ed Seay (1982) Robert Walker (1982)

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

4.5
510 Reviews (510)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 27
Bunkers 21
Undulating Greens 18
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 18
Advanced Golfers 15
Group Getaways 10
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 26
Convenient to the City 14
Worth the Drive 14

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Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 19
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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 27
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course

Not overly long but allows for driver from the blue tees. The greens are phenomenal. They roll nicely and hold.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great day of golf

Great day of golf. They got us out early. We didn’t have to wait too much. Course was in excellent shape. Lots of water for a challenge. Good price. Very happy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

OK Course with Small Greens

Overall the course was in fairly good condition. But to be honest, it just isn't that special of a course in terms of layout, scenery, or conditions. The greens in general tend to be very small on many holes, which if there is wind like there was today can make for a less than enjoyable round even when hitting it well. The course overall is not that scenic either with lots of housing and other resort areas visible on many holes. For comparison I think the nearby Lake Jovita courses tend to be better in all regards at often similar prices. So it is an ok place to play of you can get it in the $30 range but I wouldn't pay much more. You also have to park quite a hike away from the golf pro shop and then hope the shuttle cart doesn't take forever or be willing to walk it for 10 minutes to get over to the pro shop with your clubs to check in. I would instead play Lake Jovita or make the drive to World Woods or even to Orange County National or other Orlando courses to have a more enjoyable round.

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

Great Day at Saddlebrook Golf Club

This is the first time that we’ve played the Arnold Palmer course at Saddlebrook. The greens were fast and the fairways were in good shape except for hole number 1, which had a muddy patch. That was the only hole that we experienced that. The course is challenging and it’s important that you place the ball in the fairway so that you set yourself up for a good 2nd shot. The greens are just as challenging if you haven’t place your ball near the pin.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout only wish I played better. Will be back again. Thanks

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

Play it again Sam

As far as golf goes it was absolutely fine amenities NONE. No food no drinks no cart person .Just golf

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Great Golf and tennis facility.
Well maintained and staffed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 99
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 Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Covid 19

The course play was slow but people allowed you to play through.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Great Outing

Relatives came to town and was able to get out and play Saddlebrook, got a great rate on Golfnow. Course was in very good shape, greens were a bit slow. Pace of play was excellent, played the round in less than four hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
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 2
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 Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

excellent layout and challenging greens

Course layout was your typical resort model. Greens were very undulating but were very slow around 6 so a miss on the high side was not punishing. I would play it again but from the Blue tees I hit a lot of sand wedges and 9 irons. A few greens were hour glass shape with the pin in the middle a real challenge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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