Palmer at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort

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4.2
294
5 Stars
131
4 Stars
107
3 Stars
31
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
87.9%
Recommend this course
252 out of 294 reviews
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Average Rating
4.1
35
5 Stars
18
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
85.7%
Recommend this course
30 out of 35 reviews
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Average Rating
4.2
75
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
25
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
86.7%
Recommend this course
65 out of 75 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 6273 yards
Slope 136
Rating 72.5

The Palmer Course is one of two championship courses designed by Arnold Palmer at the Saddlebrook Resort just north of Tampa. Although it is seemingly tame at 6,273 yards, it plays much tougher. The golf course features more elevation changes than the resort's other course, the Saddlebrook. The undulating, tree-lined fairways were designed to mimic a hilly New England course but the moss-covered cypresses, palm trees, and marshy swamplands are true to the Florida landscape. The layout features tight fairways framed with contoured mounding and the occasional water hazard but the most formidable challenge comes from the bunkers strategically placed along the undulating greens. The approaches to the tiered greens, which are often sloped from back to front, demand accuracy. Golfers should be prepared to use every club in their bag and employ a variety of different shots.

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Saddlebrook Resort - Palmer Course
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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
Scorecard for Palmer
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: 71.5/136 423 191 445 560 383 400 156 495 360 3413 368 510 391 205 494 397 347 373 143 3228 6641
White M: 69.5/133 390 168 418 530 365 334 128 475 349 3157 348 480 372 143 377 366 316 357 128 2887 6044
Red M: 65.3/119 W: 69.8/125 323 110 373 458 300 306 95 415 301 2681 305 414 339 90 344 307 283 315 109 2506 5187
Handicap 2 9 1 3 5 16 18 17 10 12 14 11 15 8 6 7 4 13
Par 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 35 71
Handicap (W) 3 15 5 1 7 13 17 9 11 14 4 10 18 6 12 8 2 16

Course Details

Year Built 1982
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Tif-Eagle Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (1982) Ed Seay (1982) Robert Walker (1982)

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

4.2
294

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 27
Bunkers 21
Undulating Greens 18
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 18
Advanced Golfers 15
Group Getaways 10
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 26
Convenient to the City 14
Worth the Drive 14

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Palmer Course

Overall I was pleased with the course but i expected the greens to be in better condition. There was a lot of sand on the greens and it often was in long patches as if it had been blown into an area rather than being evenly spread out on the green.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Course was in excellent condition and no one was behind or in front of us. A beautiful day.

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

Great conditions

While far from Tampa this course was very well maintained. The fairways and greens were in great shape. The staff was friendly as well.
Worth the drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Palmer Course at Saddlebrook

I played the Palmer Course at Saddlebrook today. Our overall experience was excellent and I would definitely recommend this course to others and would certainly play it myself again. The Pro Shop Staff was outstanding. I was treated quite rudely by the elderly gentleman who assigned us our cart outside. He told me our tee time was 10:18. When I said, Oh our Golfnow tee time was for 10am ?? I was not mad. It was not a problem at all for us that this happened, but this man was very rude in how he spoke to me about our tee time. My feeling was that he was very annoyed that our tee time was a Golfnow tee time. We did not let this ruin our day. We had a great day and really enjoyed the course. It was in excellent condition. Everyone else treated us very nicely. This is a first class facility. I hope this man does not speak to everyone in this manner.

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

Must Play

Palmer course is in great condition and easily one of the best courses in the area.
My wife and I loved it, and will definitely be back.
Only down side was the parking “process”. Valet parking kind of a pain...but overall great time

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Perfect day

Tremendous day on a beautiful well cared for course. Staff was great all the way around from arrival to check in to the pro shop to the beverage cart . Several tough pin placements on fast undulating greens added too the challenge. Already booked our return round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

I'm going back

So I played the Palmer course for the first time since playing it on my birthday 4yrs ago. The course was wet in some places as it had rained the night before. The young man handing out the cart keys called me "bud" which I found disrespectful. They charged my playing partner for my round, which I had already paid for. The course was in decent shape, some of the greens had slight bare spots, and some were slower than the rest. I love the layout of the course, there are some sexy holes which make you wonder if you're using the correct clubs. I would recommend playing both courses, as they both have character. The bunkers have some of the lightest sand around which makes bunker play interesting. Overall I have always enjoyed going to saddlebrook and they do get my full endorsement.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Really enjoyed everything about this course. It was in excellent shape and the price was great. Greens are fast right now! Wish we saw the beverage cart. Only saw her on two and sixteen. And no water jugs. I drink a lot of water and I only saw one fountain on the course. My only complaint.

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

Nice course

I really liked the course. Greens were a little slow but rolled very well. Layout was really good and playable. Must play if you’re in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Still too wet and muddy and it hasnt rained for 4 days

Where is the driving range and why isnt it offered?

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
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Commented On 2019-01-05T03:12:27.000+00:00

Driving range is very nice but it's all the way by the front entrance

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Terrific layout and extremely challenging

First time playing the Palmer course and look forward to returning. The first 3 holes will test your skills and most greens you need to be pin high or you may be looking at 3 putting.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

An enjoyable round

The condition and layout of the fairways
gives you a good chance of hitting the greens.
miss the fairways and it's going to take an extra stroke but still doable.
Greens were great. No stupid pin placements and the puts rolled true.

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

Excellent course conditions !

The Palmer course was difficult as expected. I enjoyed the consistency in my fairway shots and the Putting Greens. I haven’t been here in nearly 20 years, and Saddlebrook did not disappoint.

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