WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- With stands of Spanish-mossed cypress trees lining most of the fairways and framing the greens, the original Saddlebrook Course at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort has a distinct look all its own. Definitely the more picturesque of the two courses at Saddlebrook Resort (the other is the Palmer Course), the 6,500-yard par 70 has 18 unique holes with plenty of doglegs, water on more than half the holes.
Opened in 1976 and designed by Ed Seay, Arnold Palmer and Dean Refram, the course starts out easy enough, but gets very difficult by the time you get to the par-3 third. It measure just 190 yards or so, but often plays into the wind. Even more difficult is the fact the hole plays through a chute of trees to a difficult green bordered by a lake on the front and left sides.
The signature hole is definitely the 425-yard par-4 18th. It, too, often plays into the wind. The tee shot is demanding and if you don't get it down there, you can easily have an approach over water from 200 yards out.