Palmer at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis 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.
|Red (W)||71||4875 yards||69.8||125|
|Blue M: 72.5/136||441||182||447||508||371||361||142||479||325||3256||354||496||379||156||408||374||344||368||138||3017||6273|
|White M: 69.5/133||388||158||401||471||355||340||124||447||315||2999||334||460||355||129||395||360||304||355||129||2821||5820|
|Tournament M: 68.7/128||332||111||329||443||292||310||107||447||315||2686||334||411||331||111||408||303||304||330||114||2646||5332|
|Gold M: 66.5/121||332||111||379||443||296||310||107||387||288||2653||298||411||331||111||364||303||245||330||114||2507||5160|
|Red M: 65.3/119 W: 69.8/125||328||111||329||443||292||282||90||384||282||2541||288||401||288||85||342||296||219||316||99||2334||4875|
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.
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
We enjoyed our round. The greens are a bit slow but quite true.
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
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!!
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
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!
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
Great track. Greens rolled beautifully. Staff changed my spikes for no charge. Great service.
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%.
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..
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!
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.