Palmer at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort

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4.2
259
5 Stars
113
4 Stars
99
3 Stars
25
2 Stars
15
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
84.2%
Recommend this course
222 out of 258 reviews
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Average Rating
4.2
39
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
87.2%
Recommend this course
34 out of 39 reviews
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Average Rating
4.4
106
5 Stars
56
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
92.5%
Recommend this course
98 out of 106 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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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
259

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 26
Bunkers 21
Undulating Greens 18
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 17
Advanced Golfers 14
Playing Multiple Courses 10
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 25
Convenient to the City 14
Worth the Drive 14
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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
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