A view of the 18th green from Saddlebrook at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort.
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3.6
287 Reviews (287)
5 Stars
97
4 Stars
112
3 Stars
40
2 Stars
20
1 Stars
18
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.6
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
68.0%
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222 out of 287 reviews
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4.0
1 Reviews (1)
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4 Stars
1
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
5.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
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3.3
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
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2 Stars
7
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.0
Value
3.4
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.2
58.3%
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 70
Length 6480 yards
Slope 142
Rating 72.3

The Saddlebrook Resort boasts 36 holes of championship golf designed by Arnold Palmer. The resort sprawls across 480 acres of lush, rolling hills covered with groves of tall cypress trees and swaying palms that weave through sparkling blue lagoons. The Saddlebrook Course is the tighter and flatter of the two courses at the resort but the layout offers a mix of wide and narrow fairways. Palmer equipped the layout with beautifully designed par 4s and par 5s framed with moss-draped cypresses. Water is a more prominent feature on this golf course with ponds and lakes coming into play on 14 holes. There are also more than 50 sand bunkers that are strategically placed along the greensides and near the landing zones on a few of the doglegs. The course has a memorable finish with a lengthy par 4 that doglegs right with water all along the right side.

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Course Details

Year Built 1976
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dean Refram Ed Seay (1986) Arnold Palmer (1986)

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

3.6
287 Reviews (287)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Patio Dining 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 23
Water Hazards 23
Narrow Fairways 20
This course/club is great for:
Locals 16
A Weekend Splurge 14
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 14
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 23
Worth the Drive 13
Convenient to the City 11

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Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course was in great shape. Previous reviews about greens being worked on are no longer relevant. All green complexes were in good condition.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Not even close to being worth the fees

Oh my. Threadbare in many places in the rough and around the greens. Five (!) greens under repair, with no roped off sections, no temporaries and no warnings when booking. No discount as a result of the poor conditioning. No offer of time at the range or mention of a practice putting green, just a push to get the players out. Many people with their hand out looking for a tip. Being charged for parking!. Even with the golf now discount, the greens fee was approximately 117.50 per player. Incredibly dissatisfying. The only positive was that we finished in three hours and 15 minutes

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fairways great, greens not so much

One third of the greens were unputtable, really bad condition. Tees and fairways were in very good condition. Required valet parking was an irritant.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

First and last

How can you keep a course open when 30% of the greens were unplayable? Would they consider informing you before making a tee time? When you"re finished golfing there is a long walk to the valet shack which costs 5 bucks and then the valet expects a tip. Never again. Too many nice courses around to waste your time on this dump.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

5 greens

Course was challenging making you use all clubs.
But was disappointed with greens 5 out of 18 greens almost unplayable they should give you a cut rate. That's almost 1/3 of the holes .
Therefore I can't recommend this course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very Bad Green Conditions on 5 or 6 holes!

5-6 greens were HORRIBLE and we should have been warned! Sand + tall grass on greens under repair are unacceptable - especially for those rates!

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

5 greens were a mess as they have lost them. Great layout, challenging with lots of water.Fast pace as no one in front of us because everyone was playing Palmer course as the greens there were in top shape..8$ for a draft beer?Got a hot deal so it was worth the price.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great

Very nice course, very friendly staffs! Good path! We asked to play Palmer course Instead since we know the saddle brook resort course is under repair of the greens. Only thing I was not happy is the parking which charges $5 for valet parking. We gave tip for valet! What’s the $ 5 For? We pay green fee already, should have free parking! Is it right?

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The 6-hole green was in a very bad condition, with only sand and dirt under construction.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 74
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Resort golf

This us a wonderful resort with great service from a friendly staff. The golf course had excellent fairways and the layout was challenging yet playable. Unfortunately there were 4 very bad greens with somewhat diminished our experience.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great golf, will play again. GREAT STAFF.
Thank You

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful friendly atmosphere

Even though the greens have just been updated, it is a beautiful and peaceful place to play.
The staff could not have nicer and most accommodating.
Even if you live in Florida, it feels like a vacation playing here.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Not Good

For a resort, it is hard to believe how bad a situation it was. Parking vis valet is required. The staff was totally unorganized. After waiting 10 minutes for ride to clubhouse, I decided to walk. The greens were really bad. There was no starter when we arrived so we started to t-off. Then a RUDE staff came up to us and wanted to see our ticket. Had no clue what was going on. After round, had to take own clubs back to valet and then waited for 20 minutes to get car. Oh, btw, have to pay for this poor valet service. NOT GOOD.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

saddle brook review

There were 4 greens that were under repair but playable.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Parking and greens

The course was beautiful!! Only two issues I had was the parking and the greens. I had to park in a field and wait for a shuttle to get me to the resort, then a cart shuttle to the pro shop. The greens on the Saddlebrook course were bad! Almost like putting in a sand trap on several. Won’t keep me away tho!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Unorganized, dissappointing

I wish I could review the Saddlebrook 18 but I cant. I have played the Palmer before and it is very underwhelming, not to mention you finish on a short par 3 which is my biggest golf pet peeve. It is in decent shape and the greens are small and challenging. But the course is short and open for the most part.

I booked the Saddlebrook 18 to play a challenging, tight, shorter course to test my luck after hearing great things about the shorter tournament course. When i got there they told me they closed the saddlebrook course for maintenance cause numbers were low today. If i knew i would be playing palmer I wouldnt have bothered coming. Its a long drive and i dont consider the Palmer to be challenging or in exceptional condition. No communication and this information should have been conveyed to me. I would not have come up to WC if I knew they were just going to shove me on the Palmer to appease their schedule.

They said it was better anyway cause Palmer is in better shape. Whatever, they knew what they were doing. I was also told its better cause i would fly through as a single on a slow day, but ended up hitting twosome after twosome after threesome after threesome.

They also wouldnt let me walk which is garbage, my 90 year old grandma could walk that track solo and finish 18 in 3 flat.

Frustrating day with saddlebrook and their staff.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course

Over seeded courses play a little slower than I like but this place is beautiful.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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