Palmer at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort in Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA | GolfPass
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4.3
712 Reviews (712)
5 Stars
356
4 Stars
258
3 Stars
59
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
16
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
89.7%
Recommend this course
637 out of 712 reviews
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4.3
84 Reviews (84)
5 Stars
39
4 Stars
35
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.5%
Recommend this course
76 out of 84 reviews
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4.3
130 Reviews (130)
5 Stars
59
4 Stars
54
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.5%
Recommend this course
115 out of 130 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
712 Reviews (712)

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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5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
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Great course and great value late in day

4oclock tee time course was wide open and they said i was last tee time so i zipped around. course was a little brown but so plush, but to be expected with heat. Course was pure greens were rolling and it was a fun fair test. Overall worth it to play and see

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 4
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Palmer course

Excellent layout, great challenge and still in good condition.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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STAY AWAY

Entered through the community gates and it took 15 minutes to find the golf parking lot…absolutely no directional signs.
From the parking lot, you have to walk 5-10 minutes to the pro shop. Then you have to get a cart and go back for your clubs.
We played the Palmer Courses. It was horrible. At 10:30 AM, there were massive (and I mean massive) grass clippings EVERYWHERE
Again, little to no direction signs. The greens, fairways & tee boxes were equally disgusting.
I highly advise to everyone to NEVER play this dogtrack

Conditions Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

good course great shape....recently punched greens almost fully recovered

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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First Time Playing

They need help!

Could be a very nice golf course. The pace of play was horrible. Multiple bunkers washed out bumpy greens. Had multiple people jump infron from other holes ...they are in need of a ranger and more staff asap

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

This course has beautiful view

Had a great day of golf here, will definitely play again soon!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course for the price

I have played many many courses in the Tampa Bay area since moving to Florida in 2019 and this course is in my top five favorite courses. Lush fairways and greens in great shape, even though they were just plugged. A couple tee boxes needed some help but I can live with that. For the price, you won't find a better deal in this area. The pace was incredibly slow as it didn't seem anyone wanted to let anyone else play through but its a weekend round so no biggie.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 14
3.0
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Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of the best TPA are courses

This course is one of my all time favorites to play. Not only do the staff treat you like a king, but the course is in great shape. It’s the best non private course in my opinion.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
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
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Day With The Boys

First thing first; the valet staff is awful and not very friendly both arriving and leaving. (1 star)

The guys at the cart stand deserve a lot of credit for making our day so enjoyable. I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow retired Vet and had a blast talking to him while waiting for the other guys in our group. His name was either Dan/Don I can’t remember but it’s not because he was forgettable. In fact we all agreed he was part of the experience. He went out of his way to go pick two of the guys up at valet. (5 stars)

The pro shop was excellent and also a lot of fun and part of our experience. My only complaint is they had a huge humidor but no cigars. (5 Stars)

We played the Palmer course and other than being recently punched the course was in good shape. A few of the tee boxes need to leveled out because we couldn’t find a flat spot. Some of the pin placements were just silly and way way to much dead grass on both fairways and rough. Great layout and a lot of fun to play. (4 Stars)

For the price and considering the time of year it was beyond worth the price and we will definitely be back, if for no other reason other than the golf staff made our good day a GREAT experience.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 24
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 6
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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