Palmer at Saddlebrook Golf & Tennis Resort

4.5241411765 4.5 stars from 5 (207)
  • 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 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 207 Reviews
5 stars:
89
4 stars:
79
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

176 out of 206 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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"The Course is good"


u000005676879's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Valet is good, then they bring a cart to take you to the golf shop. At check-in they seemed confused due to me arriving 90 minutes prior to my tee time. I don't like to rush and wanted to enjoy the experience. That's when I was told there was a shotgun starting on #3 through #10 just prior to my tee time. As the shotgun start delayed 20 minutes so did my tee time. I was paired with three other golfers, at the tee box which was great.

We eventually caught the shotgun but the pace of play was good. Overall experience was good but nothing to really get excited about. The staff was very cordial and should be complimented on their professionalism.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



lenwise's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great deal on Golf Now .Worth the hour plus drive .Starter very amicable and knowledgeable .Met up with a great pair to finish the back nine with. Enjoyed it


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A MUST play course"


Darrts's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

It's PRETTY hard for me to NOT find something wrong with a course. I'm VERY picky to say the least. But let me tell you the PALMER course at Saddleback was simply stated the BEST course over all I've EVER played in all the years I've come down to Florida!

Let's start with the Starters Alan and Keith (Ken?). Nice, friendly and helpful from beginning to end. Totally went WAY out of the way to make my experience PERFECT! Alan made sure I got out at the most opportune time for ME (not him) rather than rush me on to the tee box like MOST places when you arrive 15 minute before your tee time (unexpected traffic).. he told me "You're all set, go hit some balls first You're golden!" just such a nice guy....

Since it was my first time here, Keith (Ken? I'm bad with names) even led me out to #1.. ....then... when I asked where the water was on the course...HE DROVE BACK to the clubhouse and brought me back some water to get me started! Amazing...

OK, now the course....AWESOME!! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE bring a camera....!!!

The fairways were perfect... the rough was perfectly manicured .... the greens were amazing for ANYTIME of the year let alone February in Florida! And overall, fairly challenging without being unfair.

This is a tip not a complaint simply a "heads-up" This course valet parks your car... yes.. true valet then a shutlle to the starter so add 10 minutes to your prep time.

Just go and play this course you will LOVE IT!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course conditions"


Charles1296560's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For this time of year I have to say(considering other course I've played here)it was in great shape. Some of the greens were a little suspect, but overall enjoyed the course. For a mid handicap player it was a little challenging. Makes you think a little. Worth the drive. It was a little confusing getting to the driving range and back, and not sure about the valet part. But overall friendly staff all around. Would come back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"You should play this Course."


Jer7119414's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Professional from start to finish. Great staff impeccable course, such an enjoyable round !!!


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


"Palmer Course at Saddlebrook"


GerryGT35's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course at a good price. Would definitely return for another round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good layout and fast greens"


sollyd123's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

While we were stuck behind a mini scramble which made pace SUPER slow, the layout of this short course is nice and the greens are quick.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Kbdurant's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000005468199's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great day on the course!"


richiep1958's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice golf course. Not normal to get comp. valet parking at this price. Very challenging 18 holes, front nine was a little tougher than the back. Greens are fast and undulating. It makes for a very fun challenge to read them! Highly recommended to play, I will definitely be back!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course - Terrible Playing Partners"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the course on Jan 24th. Beautiful views, great layout and wicked fast undulating greens. Pins were a bit out of this world on at least 5 holes.

Unfortunately, my experience and enjoyment was totally ruined by one of the three playing partners that I was set up with.. This older man was so grumpy, and way too serious about golf since he was about a 30 handicap. He was rude, never spoke with me, raced on ahead of the rest of us, played out of turn, etc, etc. It appeared that his wife and daughter were kind of afraid of him. In addition, all three of them marked every put, and it took us over 4 and a half hours to play with no one in front of us.

Sorry for venting, but this proves that a great course can be ruined by bad people. I just wanted to get off the course after about 10 holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fast greens and beautiful scenery"


Ed1352's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very challenging course with lots of water. Fast greens with somewhat difficult pin placement. It is a great course with great resort amenities.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"First time at Saddlebrook"


xkyleclark3's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2018
First time playing Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

From the moment I drove in, I was hooked. This was a first-class experience. The practice facility was exceptional, you could practice every shot imaginable. The staff was a pleasure all day ranging from the Valet to the pro shop to the starter. Everyone was very warm and welcoming. The course was in great shape as well. You didn't want to miss on the wrong side of the hole or else you would be scrambling for a par! Once you get through the first handful of holes, it gets a little bit easier. Having played the course once, I would have played a few of the holes slightly different to put myself in a better position. A must check out if you are in the area. You won't regret it!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A great experience!"


u000001296387's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything was practically perfect..the course, staff and amenities was beyond expectations.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played from the senior tees,fairways top notch,greens were fast and had alot of difficult pin placements, best course I've played all winter


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u980892883's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Layout"


u000005721779's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Respect this somewhat shorter layout. You will have very few fair, but flat putts. Definitely nothing gimmicky. The greens are in great shape so your putts will roll very true. Love the challenge of this layout. Fairways in great shape too. Would recommend for anyone. Will definitely be back!


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


"Arnie was a great architect"


GeoffGreen514's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Palmer Course at Saddlebrook Resort was a great test for my buddy and me. Small landing areas and huge undulations on the greens made for interesting approaches. Definitely recommend this course. Great conditions as well. Greens were pretty quick. 2 of us played in 3 hours on a Thursday afternoon.


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


"Best Course in Months"


ArmyNavyDIV's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Couldn't have asked for a better course, or better conditions, for our post-Christmas ritual. My sons and I had an outstanding time, and the people couldn't have been friendlier.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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