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4.3
617 Reviews (617)
5 Stars
311
4 Stars
220
3 Stars
50
2 Stars
21
1 Stars
15
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
91.3%
Recommend this course
552 out of 617 reviews
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4.1
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.5
86.1%
Recommend this course
31 out of 36 reviews
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4.2
109 Reviews (109)
5 Stars
47
4 Stars
49
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.6
89.9%
Recommend this course
98 out of 109 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

4.3
617 Reviews (617)

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 36
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 75
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Top 500 Contributor
Perfect weather
Used cart

good conditions

Greens were in good shape, not too fast, but true. Tees and fairways were also in good shape. Although very nice day (70s) very few players o the Palmer course.

Valet parking is back at no charge for golf. No self parking.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
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 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

arrive early

Parking / forced valet is a pain. Other than that, the course can be wet, but this time of year, it's perfect. A joy to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 119
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played

Get a course marshall out there

I can not say enough good things about the counter staff and the guys out front checking us in. I surely wish they had a course marshall to reel in the drunks who were playing or should I say drinking in front of us who held up the entire course. We made the turn at less than two hours and wound up behind a group of guys who spent their time drinking and laughing and not playing golf. They backed up the entire rest of the golf course…..

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Value But Not Elite

I’ve always enjoyed the layout. Unfortunately course is still stuck in 1986 and desperately needs more attention. Great value and great pace of play. Greens in good shape but slow. Bare spots throughout tee boxes, fairways and green side. Carts have no modern features so don’t expect glamour anywhere.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

good day

The course had been aerated so the fairways were not up to the usual standards

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

AMAZING

This course is pristine!! The check in process is a bit odd with valeting but it is so nice and staff is a 12/10!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun day at Saddlebrook.

The course was in great shape and the pace of play was excellent. I introduced the course to a buddy and he loves it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Palmer course is a B+

Palmer course was in great shape. Stay in play and in short stuff. Greens ran nice. Saddlebrook course greens are f Ed. Wish this place was busier. Overall, great round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Palmer Course in Great Shape

The Palmer Course was in great shape, love the layout. Greens were fine running 8/9, not beat up. Challenging layout, rough will penalize you. Saddlebrook greens were really rough! Staff is always friendly

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Beginner
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 11
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
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course

Fun course very challenging. Greens were nicely maintained. The rough was too deep!

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

Palmer Course

I speak of the Palmer course for this review. I don’t understand how folks can give this course a bad review. I’m a low handicap player.and I was extremely impressed with this course. I also wish folks would understand the value of playing golf. People wonder why golf courses are in such bad shape. Where else can you go and be entertained for 4 to 5 hours for less then $50. Please don’t listen to the bad reviews and go enjoy this course. You won’t be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Poor condition

The course was very poor confition. The greens were nice but the rough was too high and it was hard to find your ball. It was a nice layout but too long for a senior citizen.

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