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4.3
377 Reviews (377)
5 Stars
177
4 Stars
136
3 Stars
35
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
90.3%
Recommend this course
329 out of 377 reviews
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4.5
52 Reviews (52)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
98.1%
Recommend this course
51 out of 52 reviews
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4.4
87 Reviews (87)
5 Stars
48
4 Stars
31
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
92.0%
Recommend this course
80 out of 87 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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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

4.3
377 Reviews (377)

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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4.0
First Time Playing

Must Play Destination

First time playing That course....you can not miss that resort if you visit the area or Tampa Bay ....super site, course layout ( i played the Palmer....)great for all..
Just found that fairways not cut has you would expect but still ok for challenging Golf..not an issue for a 12 handicap....greens in good Shape....could do some one Putts...and it us a WOW resort for the pool,tennis etc....Highly recommanded.

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

Fun day

Started as a single and zoomed though the first 8 holes. When I caught up with everyone it slowed down as expected. Still played in 3:45 minutes.
Fairways are generous and greens out true.
Hoping to go back and play again soon

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

steve

We enjoyed our round. The greens are a bit slow but quite true.

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

Nice challenging course. Good shape. Enjoyed it and would recommend playing it

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful course

Excellent contains and very helpful staff. One of the best in Tampa

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Thanks Arnie

Great day of golf only made better by the helpful and friendly staff.
From arrival at valet parking to our return every staff member was upbeat and cordial helping us first timers navigate, from parking to pro shop, to practice range, to the first tee.
Then came a great course that has a picturesque layout while being both challenging and fair. Would love to come back in the spring when the fauna is In full bloom

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

Worth every penny

I enjoyed every minute of this golf course! Will be back for sure!

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

Value and Challenge

I read the recent reviews and was hesitant to book. I am so glad I did! It was chilly and windy but sunny. The Palmer course is a target course so if you just grip and rip maybe it’s not for you. Conditions were excellent and each hole has its own identity. Greens were a tad slow but ball stayed on the surface and greens were undulating. Fairways could have been cut shorter but ball sits up. I have played many premium courses and I rank this as number one in value and interest. I am 66 years old and rank this number one favorite place to play and will be back!!

Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Too cold to enjoy

Too cold to enjoy. Cost was in very good shape greens were awesome, but the pace of play was slow as it was very busy. Add that to the blustery conditions, decided to play only 12 holes will be back on the warmer weather

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

Saddlebrook

We thought we were playing Palmer but got a call that we were moved to Saddle Brook which I said OK but they didn’t tell me that five of the greens were in bad shape. If all the greens were in good condition I would of given the course the top rating!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Palmer course is in great condition

Another enjoyable round on The Palmer course. The course overall is in perfect condition. In my opinion the friendliest staff in the Tampa area. 5-STARS

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

Great course

Great track. Greens rolled beautifully. Staff changed my spikes for no charge. Great service.

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

Saddlebrook Course Conditions - January 15th, 2020

The course is great except for five greens. I can't remember the holes but there are five greens that are covered in sand due to bad soil. They are in the process of fixing them but it will be a while. So with that said, I am writing this review on January 15th, 2020, so I would give it around 4 - 10 months give or take for the greens to be back to 100%.

Conditions Average
Value Good
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
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Layout nice.. but too wet to really enjoy

Long shaggy failways.. No roll.. Mud on every shot.. Other than that it was a nice course..

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice layout, good shape

2nd round there. Just played it on Christmas too. Love the layout. A little tight on the front and you’ll have water in play on quite a few holes. Play was slow on Christmas but played this round as a single in 2 1/2 hours. Course knowledge helped a lot the second round. A must play!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice fun layout

Had 3” of rain a couple days before but the course was in good shape. All bunkers were solid, no washouts and raked. Pace was slow. They squeezed in several groups that didn’t have tee times and lived in Saddlebrook. Christmas and a resort course, expected I guess but shouldn’t be allowed. First time playing and going back Thursday to play back to back to reinforce course knowledge. Recommend playing if you’re in the area.

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