Saddlebrook at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort

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4.0
208
5 Stars
76
4 Stars
84
3 Stars
27
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
80.7%
Recommend this course
167 out of 205 reviews
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Average Rating
3.8
19
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.9
73.7%
Recommend this course
14 out of 19 reviews
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Average Rating
4.0
69
5 Stars
26
4 Stars
26
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
79.7%
Recommend this course
55 out of 69 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 70
Length 6480
Slope 142
Rating 72.3
Type Resort
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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6480 yards 72.3 142
White 70 5869 yards 69.1 137
Gold 70 5349 yards 66.6 123
Red 70 4722 yards 63.9 117
Red (W) 70 4722 yards 68.4 123
Scorecard for Saddlebrook
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 72.3/142 377 369 203 544 402 310 438 207 392 3242 352 477 144 417 500 329 389 201 429 3238 6480
White M: 69.1/137 329 306 185 504 388 290 386 180 360 2928 336 363 133 373 482 308 360 176 410 2941 5869
Gold M: 66.6/123 W: 72.0/130 319 295 165 438 341 272 336 150 336 2652 326 302 122 363 454 296 330 160 344 2697 5349
Red M: 63.9/117 W: 68.4/123 270 264 132 411 311 254 314 141 297 2394 278 245 111 310 415 277 257 135 300 2328 4722
Handicap 10 14 12 2 6 18 8 16 4 11 7 17 5 9 13 3 15 1
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 35 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 35 70
Handicap (W) 5 11 15 1 7 13 9 17 3 10 14 16 8 2 12 6 18 4

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

Reviews

4.0
208

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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5.0
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Saddlebrook Course

Have played the Palmer a few times but first time at Saddlebrook. A shorter but more challenging course with a a good use of dog legs, bunkering and water to make up for the length. The course was recently overseeded so there was no roll to speak of but overall it was in pretty good shape and sure in a week or two it will be running firm and fast again. Great staff, definitely recommend the course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
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4.0
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Previously Played

Disapppointing. Many bad greens

The course had been recently overseeded. Nice fairways. But many of the greens were in poor shape. The 1st hole green was nearly unplayable. Dont drive any distance to play here.

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

Great Day Great Course

This is a great Resort with 2 totally differentnd and challenging courses. Always a fun day with a great staff and services.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful place with terrible greens

I lower the score for course condition, because greens were terrible. Very,very slow. They look like grass on greens were not cut. Course layout and everything else was almost perfect.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Stay Away (for two weeks)

Course was over-seeded; tees fairways and greens.

Greens were un-puttable, Rye not cut and unplayable.

Cart path or rough only. Give the course a couple of weeks to grow in and mowed unless you just want to frustrate yourself.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Very Disappointed; will not play again

I have played Saddlebrook Palmer Course many times and today took friends out to play the Saddlebrook Course. What a big mistake. The greens were horrible and several tee boxes were not the best as well. We all were very disappointed in the course and although most would consider a golf now price of $45 as a steal, at most the price should have been $25. I will not go back anytime soon.

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

Great layout. Special holes. Nice conditions. Played 18 in 3:10.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Greens in poor condition. Tee boxes and fairways good.

Half the greens are in terrible condition. Played this course months ago during rainy season and they were no where near this bad. Today the greens were either decent or just plain unputtable. I’d be really upset if I stayed at the resort and this is what you’d pay for, but luckily I live close by. Hopefully they can get these greens back to conditions worthy of a resort. Tee boxes and fairways were good to excellent. Very tight golf course and deceptively long from the back tees. This course is all about the tee shots. Can’t stray too far off, but still fun.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is in awesome shape

Whenever I can get Saddlebrook on sale, it’s well worth it! The course was in fantastic shape from tee box to greens.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Bad Timing

Fairways in great condition. Greens were punched about 1-2 weeks ago but they were still covered with a layer of sand and did not hold or roll well. Staff was friendly and positive. This was my second time here and would prefer to self park; not because I'm cheap but I just don't want to rush getting my gear out of the car, get my shoes on, and make sure I have everything...touch with valets patiently waiting for you to clear out of your vehicle...

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very good course and improving.

Staff could not be more courteous. Course in very good condition. Greens, fairways and tee boxes all well maintained.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

A Little Disappointed

I will say the course was wet. This is a great layout and if they weren't so waterlogged, the fairways and tees would be in excellent shape. But the greens were really disappointing-quite a bit of baldness and one green would be super fast and the next would be very slow. All the greens are hard as a rock and they don't hold incoming shots well, even high ones. The pace of play was very slow-snails were laughing as they were passing us, as we waited on every hole. One of my main criticisms of this place is that the drinking water here is awful. They have water fountains that barely project past the spigot and most of the refrigeration units aren't working well. The water also has a slightly metallic taste. Even the "cheap" golf courses in the area, like Silverado, Plantation Palms and Lake Bernadette have lots of water kegs with ice cold water. This is a "resort" and they should do a much better job with that. If you're chugging beers all day, I guess that will not be a problem for you.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A vacation vibe

Saddlebrook course and resort makes you feel like you are on vacation. The pro shop could not be more welcoming and accommodating to you. The pool area and grill area outside the pro shop made you feel like you were on a vacation. The golf was challenging on the Saddlebrook course. The condition was lush throughout and they are planning on improving it this summer.. Great golf and people here!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Golf Course

For our first time at Saddlebrook it was a fantastic experience. The staff could not have been more friendly, helpful and encouraging as these were! The community, amenities and golf course were unbelievably awesome and beautiful! We would love to play here again.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course conditions were horrible

At least 5 or 6 of the greens required major repair. It was like putting on dirt with intermittent grass. The course should have been closed. To make matters worse, there was no mention of these conditions on GN when I booked the course, otherwise I would have not played it.

The course is scheduled to be closed on 1 Jun through 31 August for major renovations, but it is a day late and several dollars short.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Don’t pay full price if you can help it.

It’s Saddlebrook, well known for being a luxurious golf course. While it met expectations, recent punching of the greens on the Palmer Course left them sandy and slow. Course layout is ok. A few very skinny greens that are hard to stick. Renovations coming soon to the course so you’ll be able to get cheaper golf for a few months. It’s worth doing every once in a while. Found my round for $57/person on hot deals thru GolfNow.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course

Beautiful course fairways were in mint condition greens were amazing besides 4 of the 18 which were in pretty bad shape but the management team is taking care of that in a few weeks. I'm definitely going back.

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