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4.5
508 Reviews (508)
5 Stars
264
4 Stars
171
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
93.3%
Recommend this course
454 out of 508 reviews
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4.5
71 Reviews (71)
5 Stars
44
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
67 out of 71 reviews
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4.6
145 Reviews (145)
5 Stars
96
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.9%
Recommend this course
139 out of 145 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
508 Reviews (508)

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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3.0
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First Time Playing

Great bang for the buck

My daughter and I played a round at the Palmer Course getting her ready for a junior golf event. A hurricane had come through the day before and dumped a lot of rain. The course was in pretty good shape despite the rain. We played in under four hours with cart paths only. The front nine was much more difficult than the back. Would definitely play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Landing Spots

The course has a great routing and is not your typical straignt hole with tree lined fairways. The course moves left to right and right to left on a fair number of holes. The biggest lesson I learned playing this course was you need to be very precise with your tee shot and approach shot landing area. Lots of undulation on the fairways and greens can make a decent shot a lottle of trouble if it rolls into the rough or hazard. Aim for the high side.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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First Time Playing

Saddlebrook Palmer course

Course conditions are good. Tee boxes, fairways and greens are all in good condition. My only issues are that the course is high priced for what you get and there were no restrooms available as all were closed. They could still be open if they were cleaned regularly but they elect to close them. In addition, you don’t get back to the clubhouse or even a snack shop at the turn. Plus, you park several blocks away and need to be Shuttled back and forth. I like having my cart near my car so that I can pack and unpack what I need.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 59
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

NICE AND BREZZY DAY IN WESLEY CHAPEL

FIRST TIME ON THIS TRACK OVERALL NICE TRACK,SOME TOUGH HOLES, LOT OF WATER SEVERAL HOLES, OVERALL GOOD SHAPE .

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
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 Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Golf course switched us

We were suppose to play Palmer Course but were told by starter we had to play other course as they had shotgun on Palmer.

We didn't get to play course I reserved. Bad greens brought fairways

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course...still a little wet...

Course as ravaged by rain a few weeks ago. It’s still got quite a few spots that need to dry up. It’s still a great course, though. Highly recommend it.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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 Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times 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 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times 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 30
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Still a bit soggy

Course is usually in great shape, but the rains over the last few weeks have kept the course saturated. Greens have a few bad spots, but generally roll well.
No rakes in bunkers which is pretty routine these pandemic days, but bunkers were in good shape. Need some sand in the carts to repair divot holes. I'd be happy to bring my own cup / scoop.

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

A forgiving but challenging course

Not long but challenging with generous fairways and testy greens. Unfortunately we dealt with a week of rain which made the course very wet. We will definitely be back!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wet. Wet. Wet.

Courses was wet and muddy. Lost three balls in fairway in first five holes. Great course except during rainy season. I’ll return when it dries.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
First Time Playing

Golf Now Failed

I prepaid for a "Hot Deal" from Golf Now a week in advance of playing the Palmer Course at Saddlebrook Golf Course. When we arrived there was a junior tournament in progress and the pro shop told us that they had contacted Golf Now weeks ago about the tournament and to not book tee times for that weekend(Sept 12-13, 2020).

Did Golf Now contact me to let me know that they made a mistake and will refund me my $211 for four rounds of golf? No and there seems to be no way to speak to a human and their live "chat now" function doesn't work.

I hope to finally get a refund. I had to write this review to actually get to tell Golf Now about my issue.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent course, on the short side

First time playing this course. Under 6300 yards from the back tees, so on the short side but the course is still challenging enough. Not very many flat fairways, rolling with plenty of traps and water. Pace was right on through 12 holes, then it got backed up a bit. I guess that will happen with a par 3 18. Finished in 4 hours though, Pace on this course should be about 3.5 hours. Course was in excellent condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

First time at Saddlebrook

Nice layout, a little wet in places but overall a great day.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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
Hot weather
Used cart

Put this one on your list!

Great conditions. Small greens. First 3 holes are TOUGH! Eases up om back nine. Good golfers will appreciate the design.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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