Palmer at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort

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4.2
267
5 Stars
114
4 Stars
101
3 Stars
28
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
84.8%
Recommend this course
228 out of 266 reviews
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Average Rating
4.0
40
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
85.0%
Recommend this course
34 out of 40 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
105
5 Stars
54
4 Stars
37
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
91.4%
Recommend this course
96 out of 105 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6273
Slope 136
Rating 72.5
Type Resort
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
267

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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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

Greens need work

Always enjoy saddlebrook on either course. The course in in good shape for late summer, but the greens were not up to par. There wee very rough and did not roll well. Some had patches and still showed aeration holes with sandy spots.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens are not up to normal levels

I have played here 5-6 times. Today was bad. Pace of play was 5 hours.....in Florida thats terrible.

The greens were fuzzy, not mowed tight, sand filled and patchwork everywhere. They have really gotten bad since I played there 2 months back. Don't roll true and the ball bounces all over the place. Burnt spots on every green....

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Interesting Layout

The course is beautifully maintained.It is not a long course. The green had be top dressed and, as such, not mowed and pretty slow. But, once we have some rain and the dressing settles in greens should be quite good.Fun course to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Hot Day

Staff not friendly, had to valet park and then someone carted you to Pro shop TIP, TIPS, all they seem interested in.. The bag guy didn't even put our bags on cart, just said pick a cart and go. 1st green terrible condition and a few more on the course. They closed the Palmer Course for awhile so why wasn't this course in better shape. Not a RESORT course like I know. Won't go back.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very nice course layout, greens were a little rough.

Tees and fairways in excellent shape. Course layout was good resort course. Playable for all skill levels. Very nice overall. Greens were not in the best shape but putted fine.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

great day

beautiful course, in great shape overall for this time of year, staff very good, treated great.

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

Rough is supposed to be mean bunkers

I have played Saddlebrook several times and have always considered them some of the top courses in the area. Beautiful course with speedy smooth greens is why I chose to drive an hour just to play here. The greens are horrible, rumble strips on the highway would be easier to putt. Wait a few weeks then they should have it back in the fantastic shape we expect from them.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Nice layout, rough greens.

If you have not played Saddlebrook before, be advised you will have to valet your vehicle. The pro shop will validate your valet ticket. The tees and fairways were in fair condition, and most of the bunkers were in good shape. The greens, however, are in pretty rough shape. Very bumpy and inconsistent. Everyone on staff from the valet, cart wranglers, pro shop, starter and beverage cart were very nice and welcoming. This is a difficult time of the year for greens in Florida, so lower your expectations in that area if you plan a round here.

Pace of play was reasonable for a Sunday morning (4 hours).

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

What a maze

Such a maze to get around. Didn't like the here and there to get to the driving range and than back to pro shop and than to the golf course. Won't go back, u need a GPS to get around. Plus we had to wait at every hole to tee off took 4 1/2 hours to play. Some greens need repair badly. Plus we had to park a mile away from everything and ride a bus with are clubs.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Saddleback

Well maintained course with courteous and friendly staff. Great experience.

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

Great for money spent.

They are currently doing some work on greens and is wet due to all the rain but for the money it is fantastic.

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

Great layout

First time playing this course but really enjoyed the course layout. The greens had been punched recently and a lot of the greens had bad spots. Hard to figure out how to park and get to the pro shop.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Palmer Course July

I was pleasantly surprised on the course. The staff has recently airated the greens and I was not upset at all due to the fact that it was such a nice course. Will be playing there again. Thank you.

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

Great variety

Great condition course, not the longest but the small tiered greens require an accurate approach shot.

All Staff were really friendly, and made our party feel really welcome.

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

Good course - better Amenities

The greens were so-so. They had been aerated recently and still had holes. If you could predict the hops, you could get close from a distance, otherwise, good luck.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The driving range was a long way from everything.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course but greens poked

I have played the Palmer course many times when the greens weren't poked and a real fun and challenging course always in great condition. I knew the greens were aerated but decided to play anyways thinking with all the rain that they'd be healed a bit, but was wrong. Between sand and big holes were quite bumpy and basically in the automatic 2-putt range. The day was great weather-wise and pace of play was terrific as we started at 10am and finished at 12:15, and that was us being a twosome. Highly recommend this course when greens heal up.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout 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

Great course

They have just done a punch, which made putting *

Had a great time working on my irons and driver!

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

Great Day

As always. It a pleasure to spend the day at Saddlebrook Resort. Great Course and Staff.......

Looking forward to going back.

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