Palmer at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort

4.1943764706 4.2 stars from 5 (153)
  • 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 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 153 Reviews
5 stars:
57
4 stars:
59
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

124 out of 152 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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"Muddy day"


u537622060's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Palmer course is a beautiful layout but unfortunately for us it was extremely wet from days of rain so it was cart path only all the way. Most shots hit and stuck at n fairway. Greens were true and surprisingly fast considering the conditions. I would play it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000007839864's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

No parking, must valet. This is a pain if you have a car you don't want other's to drive or get in. If you don't use valet, you have to walk a half mile to park. It's kind of a hassle to play this course and if there is any rain the week you are playing, forget it, very poor drainage.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"very nice layout of course"


u5139548's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

golf cart went dead half way thru and greens a little rough


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000007656647's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



chibbydawg's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course. Poor service."


u000003962221's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course itself other than being really wet due to rain was pretty good. The service however was really non existent. The lady at the pro shop did even know how to ring us up using GolfNow. We had to drive 15 minutes to the driving range and when we got there it was actually closed, so we didn't get a hit any balls that were supposed to be included with the round. Maybe it was because we played late in the day but there was not one car person on the course and the halfway house was closed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"good features"


Strickj4's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

terrible greens, and really wet. drove 70 miles for a let down.. probably good when dry and greens are on good condition ,but not now.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"I may go back"


u4927186's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were terribly slow and not in the best condition. We had a lot of rain the previous few days, so I understand the speed.....but the condition wasn't that of a resort course. Cart path only combined with hackers in front of me, made for a long long day. I almost started walking cause it would've been easier for opposite side of the fairway club selection! Overall.......3.5 stars


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Saddlebrook"


JJ009's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course...the weather was wet, still managed to complete the round. The staff was extremely friendly and professional....will be back to play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



Trmme0669's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Amazing course"


mattpost's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's a wonderful course! Excellent condition, awesome place to play, exceptional staff!

It's short!!! SaddleBrook is better in my opinion than Palmer for low handicap long ball hitters.

I pulled out driver twice. Even on one par 5 you fl gave to hit 3wood.

Other than that my wife and I had a blast


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Florida Winter = Great Golf"


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Top 250 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

A great Sunday morning to play the Palmer course. Excellent condition all around. Made a couple pars through the day. More water than what I expected on this course. Make sure you bring an extra sleeve of balls incase your go for a splash. I will play it again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"beautiful course !!!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Saddlebrook is as finest a golf course as you can play in the Tampa Bay area . I have played everywhere and still find Saddlebrook as my favorite . Challenging course with water and sand traps everywhere .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Some problems due to heavy rains"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is really nice but the summer rains had washed out #10; however they are repairing it. Cart path only.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"This course should not have been open"


Richard8243376's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2015
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Reviewed on

First of all, we've had a lot of rain the past month or so. That being said, the course was in awful shape. The drainage was terrible and the fairways were like first cut rough. I played the week before at Lake Jovita and they had no issues of swamp-like conditions. Saddlebrook is a different course, I get it, but geez to still charge $50 for a course that really should not have been open is ridiculous. Wish I was told how aweful the conditions were before I paid. I won't be back until it's bone dry. I was extremely disappointed and didn't even have fun.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Jerry"


Jerry6805318's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways completely soaked, making difficult to find balls even in center of fairways. I would relly love to played when it dried out because I was hitting the ball well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent"


None's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in fantastic shape yesterday. Need to start playing there more often. Greens were fast and true. Forgot how awesome this course was. Can't wait to go back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent as usual"


twizzake's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Saddlebrook offers a challenging layout, and always plays at a good pace of play compared to others. Friendly staff, great conditions, and resort surroundings. Only negative is beverage pricing, and valet parking seems to be mandatory. Unaware of how to park your own vehicle.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great facility"


play36today's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golf course was in great condition from tee to green. Greens were not quite as fast as I have seen them but still very tough to putt. Definitely will be back again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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