Saddlebrook at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort

3.9737333333 4.0 stars from 5 (190)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6480 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 72.3
  • 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 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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 190 Reviews
5 stars:
68
4 stars:
80
3 stars:
23
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
10

recommend this course

153 out of 187 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for locals a weekend splurge wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks patio dining  

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"Course conditions were horrible"


Wildwood1871's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
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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.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


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


jworley05's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
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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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


charliegp1's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
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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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Experience"


billdadecity's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course with very good conditions overall. A few greens had some fungus but that was told to us before the round. This resort has really improved their maintenance in the past few years and it shows! Fairways and bunkers were perfect! Would recomend this over Lake Jovita any day!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Overpriced"


Baron333's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
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Beautiful course....but greens are in rough shape ..Hard to fault this place but I would be very disappointed if I had paid full price ....Staff was excellent....like I said....Great place but greens are being worked on...Looking forward to playing the Palmer Course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played the Palmer course before. I can't make up my mind to which I like better. I will definitely go back at the first chance.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Saddlebrook course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
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Played the course for the first time. Great day on the Saddlebrook course thanks to an excellent layout, super efficient staff and beautiful weather. 4 greens are under repair but puttable. The course otherwise was in supper condition surprising due to lack of rain in the area. We will return but give the Palmer course a go for a different look.

Thanks Saddlebrook & Golf Now.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course, but..."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
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Reviewed on

The Saddlebrook - Saddlebrook course is an excellent course, but there were about 6 greens with nothing but sand and no grass. This contrasted with the other 12 which were excellent. I expected better of a course that charges premium prices.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Barbara & Bruce Saddlebrook"


Butch888888888888888's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2018
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Reviewed on

The course was in great shape. We have played the course several times and love to play here. The staff is very friendly and helpful.


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



"This course is open and fairway are very nice."


u417455368's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Hoping to go back soon. Even though some of the greens were just reseeded they very playable.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Excellent Course in Great Condition Except Four Greens Were Terrible"


gvs802's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2018
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Reviewed on

Beautiful course. For the most part in great condition. Four greens were hurting. Pace of play was fantastic, playing in a twosome where both players did not waste time. Played a full round in two hours forty-five minutes. Played through one gracious foursome. In a distant location for me. But truly a wonderful course. Assume the problem with the four greens will be short-lived.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Frustrating"


mhd33543's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
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Arrived early fora great Golfnow tee time. Waited on first tee for several groups of non-golfers on corporate outing. Played the front in 2hrs 35 min. after ranger moved two groups up a hole or two.

After watching misses, flubs and do-overs on the front nine: teed of on the back and arrived at #11 with 3 groups on the hole. Gave up and asked the pros hop for a 9 hole replay another day. Told couldn't because of the prepaid Golfnow rate. No apology for the slow play as the daily rate was $115. Money talks.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/22/2018

Played Saddlebrook again on the 19th. After discussion in the pro shop, was given a 9 hole replay and an apology.


"slow and slower"


myronm's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They had an outing of 8 Samsung 4-somes ahead of us. The group in front of us was playing a scramble and we knew it was going to be bad when they hit their second shot (best of all 4) from 50 yards in front of the first tee. And it went downhill from there. Got to the second hole and there were three groups on that hole. no one on the 4th at all. Got the ranger finally to come. Actually the course doesn't have any rangers, only has a starter who sometimes doubles as the ranger. When he got to us, he asked what the issue was. i showed him 4th hole and asked why no one there. He admitted that was a problem and mentioned issues with 5th and so forth. he got one group shortly after that to skip ahead one hole. tried to get the group in front of us to move but they said "we're play a scramble so we can keep up. After 2.5 hours we finished the front nine and the group in front of us stppped for a few mintues so we went ahead of them. Got to 2nd hole (started on back nine) and there were 4 groups on the 2nd tee (par -3). then two of them played the hole and the other two waited. And so it went - one person of our 4-some quit at this point. After the third hole went to 4th and two group playing together and totally drunk on 4th hole. Slower than beyond belief. Twosome left at this point so i was by myself. Played behind the 8 some ahead. And then skipped them and went to 5 and plaed quickly thru rest of round.

Course is fairly heavily treelined with lots of water. But if you can keep it in play, it's really pretty easy. Pretty short - most par-4s are only 300 to 350.

Greens had been heavily fertilized and loaded with chemicals and sand. Blue mixture totally covering greens with lumps and bunches around so putting was totaly guesswork. Fairways were decent for the most part.

Ranger totally worthless really. Nothing helped at all on back nine. Proshop had it's head in sand. My wife heard people complaining about all the pace of play issues and pro shop called ranger and he said there were no problems at all. And pro shop was too lazy to come out and see for themselves even though people were calling the shop from all over about the pace of play. They just didn't care at all. And that's terrible.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Not up to the hype"


u000001594537's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
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The course was rather pedestrian and pace of play was 5 hour plus for the round. The cost of the round was NOT worth the price, even with the Golfnow discount. Overpriced, overrated. Perhaps the Palmer course is nicer, but this 18 was boring. We will NOT play again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



talayne's avatar
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2018
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: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


poynor's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2018
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Course is in very good winter condition. A few of the greens were thickly fertilized, but still rolled reasonably well. A bit inconvenient to valet park and get a lift to the check in point.


Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Chris2180782's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2018
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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



BobLongo's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2018
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Good time with players pace was slow on back nine no pressure from anyone


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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