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4.4
540 Reviews (540)
5 Stars
275
4 Stars
189
3 Stars
44
2 Stars
20
1 Stars
12
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
92.7%
Recommend this course
483 out of 540 reviews
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4.3
72 Reviews (72)
5 Stars
33
4 Stars
31
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.7
91.7%
Recommend this course
66 out of 72 reviews
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4.5
160 Reviews (160)
5 Stars
97
4 Stars
51
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
94.4%
Recommend this course
151 out of 160 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

4.4
540 Reviews (540)

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 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Happy Hoosiers

Need a RANGER!! One foursome held up the entire back nine. Slow play isn’t acceptable.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Happy Hoosiers

Need a ranger PLEASE! Front nine played fast but back nine slow because of one foursome backing up course. Slower players need to let people play through.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Happy Hoosiers

Golf courses need to invest in RANGERS! Front 9 was great and back 9 was slow because one foursome refusing to let people play through. Everything great but at prices being charged please monitor pace of play

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very Nice Experience Except for the.....

Staff was super friendly, course was in decent shape for winter. Two complaints: 1) our cart's parking brake was horrible, I had to continuously pound it to lock it down and 2) we played the first 6 holes in 45 minutes and then took well over 3 hours for the last 12 holes. We had a single in front of us and a foursome in front of them. A ranger should have been out there to let the single play through.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Happy Hoosiers

Nice course, fast and true greens, friendly staff. Need a ranger! A foursome backed up the back nine making it a LONG nine holes

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
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 Poor
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent Choice in Tampa area.

The Palmer course is in excellent condition and the greens run smooth and are in great condition. Excellent layout with several challenging holes. I have played the course three times and have never been disappointed.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 67
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Wet but still great.

90° today. Course a little wet but still played well. Great layout. Greens are in perfect condition. So were the fairways. Had a very enjoyable time. I would recommend this to anyone. Very friendly staff especially the young lady who picked us up from the parking lot.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 65
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Palmer

Great layout. A bit wet after overnight rain and cart path only. Nice turf, slow greens but lush likely not cut because of the rain? Employees good but shuttle system a bit unwieldy. Haven’t played here in a few years... will be back

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 95
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course was nice

I liked the layout it is challenging and a lot of variety. Getting to and from the parking lot to the golf course is poorly set up you need to get a ride in a curtisey cart to get around.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once 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 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

GREAT EXPERIENCE

Played the Palmer course today with my two boys. The course was in GREAT shape. That's saying something given the time of year. The staff was amazing!!! Craig was extremely helpful. As if that wasn't enough, it was extremely cold...too cold to golf. We could only play nine. Although they didn't have to, the pro shop gave us a rain check. First-class.

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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Palmer

Great layout, a few bare areas, fairways cut a bit close for my liking overall if you can get a good deal it's worth the drive

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not bad

Course was challenging, but many of the greens had repairs that made them hard to play.

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