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.
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|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|
|Gold M: 66.5/121 W: 71.3/130||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|
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.