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4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
89.0%
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4.2
36 Reviews (36)
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4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
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4.3
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4.4
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4.4
71 Reviews (71)
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4.3
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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
342 Reviews (342)

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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First Time Playing

Great course

Beautiful day playing golf with a young man named Don. They had over seeded the course so it was cart path only. Would love to play again when the rye comes in.

Conditions Good
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3.0
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Previously Played

Not bad

Balls tend to disappear in the Bermuda rough. The $5 mandatory valet parking is ridiculous. They need more than 1 cart girl for 36 holes. Otherwise, course is enjoyable....surrounded by beautiful homes. Greens are smooth, but slow.

Conditions Good
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Pace Good
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Conditions Good
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5.0
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Previously Played

Playable after rain

The course is always a beautiful course to play but considering the amount of rain we had it is amazing that it was so playable The greens were slow but that was a product of the rain also as it had not been able to mow all in all excellent shape especially under the conditions

Conditions Excellent
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5.0
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First Time Playing

Half and half

Tough course to only play once. Plenty of room on the drive off the tee but a a lot of water and sloping fairways that lead to water. Very interesting, would like to play again. Greens were in great condition, semi fast.

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

Challenging but fun

Definitely a challenging course. Some wide fairways are forgiving but greens are smaller and definitely not flat. Enjoyed the round, staff is great, conditions were awesome. Played in 4 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
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5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Never a Dissappointment

Great golf course. One of the best, along with Lake Joviita, golf course in the area. Only thing they need to address is the drinking water our of the water fountain is always warm the fountains are dirty. Other that, I will play this course as much as I can.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Always a good play

Staff was super friendly as always. Valet was a little rough but they were overwhelmed. Starter was super nice and course is always in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Beautiful course; bring extra balls

Played the Palmer course, first time. Friendly and attentive staff at arrival. You do need to be early enough to accommodate the time needed for valet parking and short shuttle to cart station. *Despite the price details on GolfNow, valet parking is not included and is a $5 fee.

The course was in good condition, with cart path only due to many moist areas on fairways. Which is great for grass, but terrible for balls plugging and disappearing. I had several balls, hit into fairways, simply...vanish. This is the only reason for a four star rating, because the challenging layout, the beautifully manicured landscaping, and the perfect greens are otherwise a 5 star experience. Pace of play, as a single, 3 hrs. Nobody in front or behind until 15th hole. Unforgiving of any deviations in distance or direction due to the number of water/bunker hazards. Thoroughly enjoyable round despite the issue with wet areas. Definitely a must-play course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A Good Course Marred. By Rain

The Saddlebrook Palmer course is challenging with the final layout. However, there was a big storm last night and it was cartpath only when I played. The fact is, the course does not drain at all that is terrible after a rain storm. Today was cartpath only which only made for a long round

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Always a good experience

Beginning with the property guard the entire staff is friendly and helpful. Pro Shop team is always friendly and helpful as are those tending to the carts. Ranger is great and due to hot weather was circling the course with much appreciated cold water.along with a smiling lady on the beverage cart. Despite our recent heavy rains the course and greens continue to be well maintained. Always enjoy the facilities and appreciate the accommodating staff.

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

Good condition for moist period

Nice greens, course wet but better than most local courses. Only got slow at end when I caught up with a foursome... How can people play slow in 95 degree humid weather? Personnel very nice, honored my desire to play alone. Beware parking. $5 valet fee or park over a mile away and ride van. Arrive 25 minutes earlier than expected unless you do valet. Driving range facilities are a long way from course, so factor that in, too. Still nice getaway.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
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First Time Playing

Course should not have been OPEN for play

The course was soaked and we should not have been allowed to play. It was cart path only, my shoes were soaked after the first hole and I was in the fairway. Too much water on the course, and the course was damaged in quite a few areas by carts, and equipment.

The valet staff charged a fee even after I showed them it was included in the Golf Now price.

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

Wet but enjoyable

The Palmer course at Saddlebrook boasts a fair challenge of golf. Accuracy off the tee is rewarded but not always a must. With room for error on the first shot it is crucial to approach the green with a quality second shot. Most greens are very small and have a fair amount of undulations. There are a few greens that are hour glass shaped, choked down by sand traps to each side. The course was very wet today which made it difficult on second shot and judgement of the green speed. The layout is fantastic, there are some very great holes like number 8, a practically U-shaped par 5 that slopes from left to right as you approach the green, with water hugging the right edge. Also, I really enjoyed number 12, it’s a straight forward hole where your tee shot is placed on the top of a hill and you’re hitting downhill 20+ feet to the green. My biggest criticism of the layout is that the finishing holes are rather uneventful. So much so that you end with a fairly pedestrian par 3. All in all, it’s a great course that’s a fair challenge.

P. S. If you book on Golfnow it will not tell you that you have to pay a $5 valet fee, but you do so be prepared.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course in great shape

I had played this course many years ago but found a great rate available. The course was in great shape. Greens were rolling good and course was challenging. I will go back to play again soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Beware of the extra slow greens.

I say it's well worth it because of the price I paid and for the layout of the course. I'm actually playing again tomorrow, the saddlebrook course, we played the palmer course today. I'm a little disgusted that they force you to pay $5 for parking now, there is no self parking lot just valet. So tomorrow will be my last round there for a long while.
The greens were slower than molasses running downhill on a cold day, I needed thor's hammer to putt today. For a resort course, the greens are too slow.
Overall everyone is pleasant and I have always enjoyed playing both courses. GPS would be a nice upgrade and having the snack bar open on the turn might help, especially with how hot it has been. So if you're not prepared, you will suffer out there like we did today. Yes there's a cart girl, but we only saw her twice.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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