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4.4
471 Reviews (471)
5 Stars
243
4 Stars
159
3 Stars
39
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
11
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
92.1%
Recommend this course
420 out of 471 reviews
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4.6
86 Reviews (86)
5 Stars
62
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
96.5%
Recommend this course
83 out of 86 reviews
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4.6
140 Reviews (140)
5 Stars
93
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
97.1%
Recommend this course
136 out of 140 reviews
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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

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Fitness

Reviews

4.4
471 Reviews (471)

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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5.0
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First Time Playing

A forgiving but challenging course

Not long but challenging with generous fairways and testy greens. Unfortunately we dealt with a week of rain which made the course very wet. We will definitely be back!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
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4.0
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Previously Played

Wet. Wet. Wet.

Courses was wet and muddy. Lost three balls in fairway in first five holes. Great course except during rainy season. I’ll return when it dries.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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1.0
First Time Playing

Golf Now Failed

I prepaid for a "Hot Deal" from Golf Now a week in advance of playing the Palmer Course at Saddlebrook Golf Course. When we arrived there was a junior tournament in progress and the pro shop told us that they had contacted Golf Now weeks ago about the tournament and to not book tee times for that weekend(Sept 12-13, 2020).

Did Golf Now contact me to let me know that they made a mistake and will refund me my $211 for four rounds of golf? No and there seems to be no way to speak to a human and their live "chat now" function doesn't work.

I hope to finally get a refund. I had to write this review to actually get to tell Golf Now about my issue.

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent course, on the short side

First time playing this course. Under 6300 yards from the back tees, so on the short side but the course is still challenging enough. Not very many flat fairways, rolling with plenty of traps and water. Pace was right on through 12 holes, then it got backed up a bit. I guess that will happen with a par 3 18. Finished in 4 hours though, Pace on this course should be about 3.5 hours. Course was in excellent condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

First time at Saddlebrook

Nice layout, a little wet in places but overall a great day.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Put this one on your list!

Great conditions. Small greens. First 3 holes are TOUGH! Eases up om back nine. Good golfers will appreciate the design.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 16
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 56
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

BeautifulButOverbookedCourse

We love this course. We only golfed 9 holes because by hole 9 we were waiting in 2 groups in front of us. A large group teed off late morning and perhaps open play started too soon after. We left after 9 because we didn't want to wait on every hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good course & condition but I expected more.

The course is a great layout and excellent condition. Not even as wet as I was expecting given other reviews. Staff was very friendly but could have been a bit more helpful considering how hard it is to find your way around this enormous property.

However, at this price point, I was expecting better. Carts were old, outdated, and small. I have apps on my phone but expect GPS on the cart at this price. I don't have a huge bag but another wouldn't have fit next to it if I had been playing with someone else, let alone enough space for another person. Other courses at this price have some complementary tees and other little touches but nothing like that here.

I had a good day since it was off season and midweek pricing but would have been very disappointed if I paid there full price.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Good condition and fun layout

Course conditions were great, really no complaints there. This was my first time playing the Palmer course, have played the saddlebrook course in years past. I enjoyed the layout and thought it was challenging even though not a very long course. Course doesn't have to be long to present a good challenge. Greens were in great shape and rolled well. Pace of play was slow, mainly due to the course being cart path only. Will come back for sure.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful layout, but needs some love.

I really did enjoy the course. The fairways were great. The rough was a little to short to be a real challenge. The greens were quite slow but rolled true and could be difficult to read. It is pretty short for anyone who hits it over 270 off the tee, but it makes up for it with enough risk reward to make you think twice. 7/10 overall, still had a great time.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

One of Tampa’s Best!!!!

Greens fairways and entire course was in great shape. Practically had the course to ourselves. Best value in Tampa as well!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Played here for the first time today and the course is great. Couple teeboxes need work, other then that there's not one thing you could come up with to say bad about this course. Greens rolled the same and true all day

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

What a course!

Course was in great shape. Super friendly staff as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

What a course!

Beautiful course and great staff. Super quiet and nice smooth round. I will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, great staff

This was my first time playing. My family surprised me for my 40th. Seems the entire staff knew and made it feel that much more special. The course was great. I will be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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