Palmer at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort

4.3659647059 4.4 stars from 5 (173)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6273 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 72.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Saddlebrook Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6273 yards 72.5 136
White 71 5820 yards 69.5 133
Gold 71 5160 yards 66.5 121
Red 71 4875 yards 65.3 119
Red (W) 71 4875 yards 69.8 125

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 173 Reviews
5 stars:
67
4 stars:
67
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

142 out of 172 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for a weekend splurge advanced golfers playing multiple courses   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks  

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Gaetanleblanc's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



mosmen's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Very nice course"


ReneLapointe58's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
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Reviewed on

Very pleasant to play, challenging with many water hazards. Friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/07/2017
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Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great test"


peckhad's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

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Lovely course and great service. We were about 30 minutes late teeing off due to a ladies shotgun group on the course. The staff were very apologetic for this.

Once on the course, it was worth the wait. Interesting layout, lots of water and bunkers in play. These were the best kept bunkers I have found in the area. Greens were in good condition and reasonably quick. Resort service provided from the minute you use the valet parking. Great, friendly and informative staff. A great golf day!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bayhill of Tampa"


golfkatz1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2017
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

If you've never played Bay Hill....This Course will give you a Bay Hill taste.....Considering Mr Palmer and Mr Seay are the Designers.....SAME FLAVOR. Long Par 4s and Longer par 3's....and yet a few of the shorter flavor.....too


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Saddlebrook"


u060914671's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2017
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Great course and great greens. The value is excellent and service is great!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Hot Deal - No thanks"



2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2017
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2nd time playing here and what a huge difference. !st time was treated great by all staff. This time we were treated like "don't come back". Only difference was this time we were on a Hot Deal. The course was in great shape except for the greens. They were full of bare spots. As others have said, tractors on near every hole that for the most part do not stop mowing.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"One of the best courses I've played"


AGCarson's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
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The staff is very friendly and professional. The course is excellent. Easily my favorite Florida course. I've never been disappointed, I love it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Good to play again"


u00000612322's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2017
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Great course, bit of a pain to get to pro shop, but with quality of the course worth it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Franzua's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
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Reviewed on

We played one tome before and both times were very pleased with the course and it's condition. We will definitely go back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


Sam4740465's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Found the course to be in good condition, enjoyed the layout and challenge. Will return. Great price with Golfnow hot deal.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



pisces56lm's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course/Strange parking"


hartmanandy's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This review is specifically for folks who have never played here. We played the Palmer course and it was a really fun layout. My suggestion would be to arrive a little earlier than you normally would for a round. Here's my experience - pulled up to gated resort. You can see the golf academy on the right just past the gate. Looks like it could possibly be where you go to check in for golf. I asked the guard "Is that where you park for golf right over there?" His response was, "Take a right at the end of the road." That's it. No other instructions. After a mile or more, you end up at the resort itself, no signs of where to go for golf or anything. So we went all the way back to the golf academy. Nice young man explained you have to use valet at the resort and they give you a ride to the pro shop. So we drove all the way back to the resort again. Once we arrived at the pro shop, a starter asked for our tee team. I said 11:06. "What's your name?" I told him and he said your tee time is 11:14. I said, that's fine but our tee time is actually 11:06. There were no other golfers anywhere, so the tee time did not make a difference at all. He explained (for a long time and unnecessarily) that when you book on Golfnow they don't have access to the course's system and the course can change the tee time up to 20 minutes either way. "It's on the small print of your confirmation." It's not, but I didn't feel like arguing because I didn't really care. We went and played and had fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Disappointed..."


Phillip4903508's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2017
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Course conditions including fairways and greens were very poor, even more so than my public course I live close to in St Pete. Luckily only paid $15 to play with a hot deal, but that was barely worth it. Course layout very interesting and challenging, but sadly let the course go.

On top of that, what was worse was the lack of etiquette of landscape staff -- would mow, etc right when hitting ball or go in front of you down the fairway while driving...very surprised. Will not be back probably ever.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 10/14/2017

Don't know what course Phillip actually played but we just played yesterday and found it in good shape. Look forward to going back.


"nice course"


levinskyira's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2017
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Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course.

Was paired with one other and pace was good(4 hours) despite being behind a foursome.

Course was fair and playable.I would definitely go back.Deal from golfnow was terrific.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



donmshure's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"First Time"


u000006790612's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2017
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First Time playing at saddlebrook resort, everyone was friendly and the course was in very good shape. I would recommend playing there. The only down side was the parking.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"It may be short, but it isn''t easy"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

"Don't let the yardage fool you," I was told, and he was right. While it's just 6,200 yards or so from the tips, there's a lot to this older Arnold Palmer design. Lots of doglegs, water, some narrow fairways and tough par 3s make this a real challenge. And though it works its way around a development, there really are some pretty sections of this course, too, where several holes are framed around water And mature trees. The course also makes for a good contrast to the other course, the Saddlebrook Course, which has a completely different look. For a resort known for its tennis, the golf here is surprisingly good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Value"


u000007673178's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2017
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The was a great course to play, challenging with a really good layout. Good value for your money. If you get the opportunity play this one.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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