Palmer at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort

4.2765666667 4.3 stars from 5 (240)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6273 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 72.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Saddlebrook Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 240 Reviews
5 stars:
105
4 stars:
90
3 stars:
24
2 stars:
14
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

204 out of 239 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for a weekend splurge advanced golfers playing multiple courses   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks  

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"Very Nice - Professional Staff"


u000004481771's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time at Saddlebrook, and enjoyed playing the Palmer Course. Everybody (valet, golf bag shuttle, cart guy, pro shop team, starter, ranger, and beverage girl) were friendly, helpful, and professional. My only frustration was with the traps which seemed to consist of sand heavier than used in most Florida golf courses.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



May291953's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice resort course. Staff was very friendly and bent over backwards to make sure you enjoyed your experience. It is their off season but still very nice course. Great value


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course great layout"


ronpagut1111's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a beautiful course, great condition, the cart girl came around 4-5 times which was great on a hot day the ranger came around zero times, it was the slowest round I have ever played had to wait at every hole, the foursome in front of us didn't have a clue about playing keeping up with the foursome in front of them I wish they would have a ranger on the course!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course ... slow play"


u4113588's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course conditions are good. Staff is excellent. We got caught in the middle of a corporate tournament as a twosome. Many of the players should not have even been on a golf course. Dodging their errant shots and slow play ruined the day. Fortunately, a rare occurrence at Saddlebrook on either course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun and Fair"


iamjrallen's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

First time ever playing the Palmer. Fun layout! What you see is what you get. Par 5's all reachable in 3 from the tips without being a monster off the tee so birdie very attainable with a couple good shots from the box. Only a handful of holes will really punish you for missing fairways/greens. And as for the greens..... what a treat! True rolls, very smooth and some changing undulation to challenge the putter!

Will def play again soon with friends! $40 for an 8am tee time on a Friday is def a steal at this course in my opinion! And the fact that I stuck it within half a foot on 18 has no underlying tones of bias in this review!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



caesaresperanza's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u464325886's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Sad. Dle brooke"


mk8q16ophx6215349's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Palmer course. First 4 greens were pretty best up. The rest were slow and didn’t look like they had been rolled. The rain kept them from cutting them. Fairways were a bit thin.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



Chris2180782's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



samsoppe's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Palmer course"


u167945345's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A little frustrating that valet was the only option when playing this course, but they definitely pull out all the stops. The cart guys were extremely nice, ecspecially Paul. Few spots on a few greens, but course was in great shape. For what the course is, it was a great value this time of year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Resort golf"


u000008121029's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If your not used to a Resort golf experience, then this is place. The valet service is something I am not used to at a Golf Now Course. Everyone was great and very very efficient. In and out, to the first tee before you know what happen. The course is awesome, great trace with everything a course can offer. Took a while to get my truck, but it was worth every Dollar. Keep you eye out for a Golf Now hot deal. I gave a low rating on amenities because I did have a chance to use them.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Value"


u7519878's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome experience. Great layout and greens were spectacular. Fairways a little patchy in parts but really great value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Lucked out with HOT DEAL"


Radabuck's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a treat to play Saddlebrook, fabulous resort and wonderful golf course. Everything was first class, pace of play was very good, course condition was excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Saddlebrook Palmer Course"


dlunghofer's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was an excellent value. The course was in great shape and offered a good challenge from the white tees.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course was in good shape"


neilipovitz's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A little disappointed with the golf staff when checking in. The older gentlemen at the pro shop desk was some what condensing to us being there since we booked through Golf Now and not through them. All other course treated us well but this gentlemen has done this more than once at Saddle Brook to us. It would be in your best interest if this issue was resolved with this individual or you may be loosing business.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun and Challenging course"


bmfdhughes's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course could use watering and people need to fill their divots in the fairway. However it is a great course with challenging greens. We finished in about 4.5 hours only because the marshal finally broke up a five some that started as a foursome and who picked up an extra player for most of the round. Finally at hole fourteen the marshal came by and checked on the group at our request. They told him there were only 4 of them; from that time on we only saw 4 playing and the pace of play picked up dramatically. The practice range is really far from the course so leave plenty of time to travel between the two.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Greens are in bad shape"


Richard8243376's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I usually expect Saddlebrook to be a top notch course, however, I was dissatisfied with the greens. I can’t believe they charge such high greens fees for a course in this bad shape. Do not waste your money in the Palmer course, you will be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



zitahourihan's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u649491491's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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