Saddlebrook Resort - Palmer golf course
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Saddlebrook Resort - Palmer golf course
The Palmer Course is the newest of two 18-hole golf courses at the Saddlebrook Resort near Tampa. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Saddlebrook Resort - Palmer golf course - 3
At 445 yards, the par-4 third is one of the longest par 4s on the Palmer Course at Saddlebrook Resort. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The par-5 fourth on the Palmer Course at Saddlebrook Resort plays 560 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Saddlebrook Resort - Palmer golf course - 7
The par-3 seventh hole on the Palmer Course at Saddlebrook Resort plays 156 yards but features a small, raised putting surface. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Saddlebrook Resort - Palmer golf course - 8
The par-5 eighth hole on the Palmer Course at Saddlebrook Resort plays 495 yards and features a lake to contend with. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The 10th on the Palmer golf course at the Saddlebrook Resort features a large green and plays 368 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Saddlebrook Resort - Palmer golf course - 12
No. 12 on the Palmer Course at Saddlebrook Resort is guarded by water short and right. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The 16th green on Saddlebrook Resort's Palmer Course features a raised, hour-glass green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The 17th on Saddlebrook Resort's Palmer Course is a gentle, dogleg left to a raised green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Saddlebrook Resort's Palmer Course culminates with a par-3 closing hole that features a green guarded by a lake and plays 143 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Palmer golf course at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa: Challenging greens will take you to school

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- Located just north of Tampa, Saddlebrook Resort is home to 36 holes of golf including the newer Palmer Course. The course features a pleasant and quiet setting within this large tennis and golf retreat that is also home to a world-class prep school.

Saddlebrook Resort was once a 27-hole facility until Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay designed a brand new nine and renovated nine existing holes of the former routing, which are now holes 6-through-14. Opened in 1982, the course plays 6,641 yards from the back tees, short for modern standards, but the real difficulty in the Palmer Course is in the green complexes. While fairways are generous and feature lots of mounding, the greens are often raised and well-protected.

Another unique aspect to the Palmer is that it closes with a short but tricky par 3 that plays less than 150 yards.

In addition to the Palmer Course, Saddlebrook is also home to the original Saddlebrook Course. Also, the BannLynch teaching academy, with a partnership with K.J. Choi, is new to the property and teaches both the prep school and offers destination golf schools for adults.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.

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Saddlebrook Resort, set on a scenic 480 acres just north of Tampa in Wesley Chapel, is home to two 18-hole golf courses. The original Saddlebrook Course, which opened in 1976, features gentler, flatter land compared to the more sculpted Palmer Course, and the result is a more traditional, old-Florida feel.
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