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4.3
595 Reviews (595)
5 Stars
301
4 Stars
209
3 Stars
50
2 Stars
20
1 Stars
15
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.0
91.2%
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4.3
40 Reviews (40)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
87.5%
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35 out of 40 reviews
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4.2
115 Reviews (115)
5 Stars
52
4 Stars
47
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.7%
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102 out of 115 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
595 Reviews (595)

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 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

did not golf at the palmer

palmer was closed, we were given a rain check for future date, course is still closed

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Disappointing.

showed up after paying in advance to play the palmer course and told they scheduled a outing with a shotgun start, they would get me off the back but it would be close to 6 hour round. sent me off the saddle brooke course. most of the greens are covered in bumpy dry dirt spots. a few of the fairways look like they haven’t been mowed for weeks. they should close till they can get the course in decent shape. looks like it was a great course, but complete waste of time and money now.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course Should Be Closed

The course was not fit for play. The course was soaked- and the first cut was unplayable as it hasn’t been cut. See pics- balls were 3 inches apart- fairway and first cut.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Off season

How it should be in the off season! Less than three hours to play a round, pretty slow around there for Monday. Greens are in good shape, staff was friendly as always.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wish it was nicer for the money

For the money I spent I was hoping the course would have been in a bit better condition. Just seemed a bit run down.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course layout is outstanding

Many shots are blind and you need to trust your yardage with the clubs. If you don't hit the fairway the rough will challenge you. All the greens are undulating. At this time of year no beer cart or clubhouse food. The irrigation was on our first 4 holes as we were making our approach shots. This course is great just a couple amenities to make it awesome.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course bad greens

Greens were extremely long and thus very slow. We simply couldn’t putt the ball hard enough.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Short course, but plays longer

I gave the Saddlbrook course a pretty rough review a few weeks ago, so I feel the need to give them the praise they deserve this time. Course was in great condition especially considering the recent wet weather. Tee boxes, fairways, greens all in great shape. The rough is let's say rough on this course. Lost a few balls that I know barely missed the fairway and found a few after long searches, that were all but invisible. It just eats up the ball, but the point is to keep it in the fairways so can't blame anyone but myself. Still no cart service because it was a very slow day, but the guy in the clubhouse made it a point to tell me and point me to where I could get refreshments if needed. TBH, I'm pretty sure he read my review connected to my last booking. Also gave a pretty decent discount because of the lack of cart service and a 90 degree rule, which was understandable because of the wet weather lately. Little touches like some towels in the carts were appreciated, especially with the muddy conditions in places. Great practice area too.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Incredible and beautiful resort. Course layout was great but unfortunately grasses were overgrown and not managed properly for quality of this amazing course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
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

considering all rain we have had, course was in great shape

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Nice course layout but it’s not in the top condition. The green were slow and the ruff were crazy long “As in you wil not see the top of your ball” will Definately play again maybe during the peel season the condition will get better but for the price right now nothing wrong with this course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
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 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course...staff...???

It first started when we were on the first hole. There was some random guy in a utility cart driving right down the fairway while we were on our second shots off the tee. He had no regard for us playing and this continued for the first three holes. He was probably a maintenance manager so I'm sure he knows the proper course etiquette. Next the cart girl met us immediately after we tee'd off and were on our way to find our shots. We told her we were ok that we had just started and she commented "well this is my last round so sorry". I know we were off at Noon, but come on. Other than those staff issues, the course is well maintained, layed out nicely, and pace of play was amazing. A twosome finished in 3.5 hours.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Saddlebrook May 2021

Overall course in good condition. Greens very good but tee boxes just OK.

Fariways were soft and water hazards were very low as there has not been any rain in some time.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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