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4.3
342 Reviews (342)
5 Stars
158
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
89.0%
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295 out of 342 reviews
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4.2
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
2
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2
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.4
88.9%
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32 out of 36 reviews
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4.4
71 Reviews (71)
5 Stars
43
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
90.1%
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64 out of 71 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

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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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
2.0
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Staff was super friendly. Palmer course was closed so rerouted to Saddlebrook course. It was cart path only, which was full of potholes and crumblin

Fairways were either barren or freshly mowed with grass mounds in abundance. Cost was very inexpensive, but I spent twice as much in tips to the excellent staff. Must valet park and pay, plus tip. Then shuttled to Golf Pro Shop, with tip to driver. Then club staff takes over to transfer clubs from shuttle to golf cart - more tips.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Play this course.

If you haven’t already had an opportunity, give it a try. I played the Palmer course and it was a great test and an even better value for the money. Lots of pros so I’ll start there. The layout is very unique. Short but challenging with doglegs, tight landing areas, lots of water and bunkers and multi-tiered greens. A challenge, but very score-able as well. The greens and fairways were phenomenal, maybe a little bit soft but rolled true and no bumps. Rough was thick but playable. One con would be the fact that there were clumps of recently cut grass all over the rough. Making it difficult to find errant tee shots. The only other con would be a little disorganization when it comes to tee times and groupings. Overall I really enjoyed my experience at the resort.

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

Great course

Not sure about some of these negative reviews... this Course is in the best shape you are going to find. Any complaints people are just being difficult. Best course I have played in the Tampa area and getting the deal price its incredible bargain.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great staff. Great courses

Just finished 4 rounds at Saddlebrook. 3 on Palmer course and 1 on Saddlebrook. Courses were a little wet but still played well. Will be back again. All staff were great. Ask for Matt or Logan at the golf shop.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Just aa nice place to play

Only drawback is valet parking but should be expected at a golf and spa resort.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course was good but just aerated

The course was in good shape. Only downfall was it was just aerated. But still a course we like to play and always go back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course...But

The course is absolutely beautiful...but the practice putting green is a joke. The practice green has 3 holes.and were so slow. The course greens were great, but practice greens may have looked nice... way too slow...no even close to course greens.
I read previous reviews about driving range being too far away. They weren't kidding.
Still worth Golfnow price which is a great deal...But

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course

Typical Palmer layout lots of water. Halfway house closed, is not good. Fun course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Wet weather
Used cart

First time you go there it is so complicated to get around.
Driving range is 10 minutes away if you can find it than you have to go back to the first tee.
Return cart is away from where you get your car from the valet
No good indication
It should be easy to get around not complicated.You go there to play golf not to run around in a golf cart

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A great course

The course was in great shape ,you could see where the grounds keepers are fixing and maintaining all around the course . the starter told us that there was a tournament making the turn and we would have to fit in between them and he still got us out early and we never had to wait , just a great dad on the links !

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Palmer Course

Overall I was pleased with the course but i expected the greens to be in better condition. There was a lot of sand on the greens and it often was in long patches as if it had been blown into an area rather than being evenly spread out on the green.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Course was in excellent condition and no one was behind or in front of us. A beautiful day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great conditions

While far from Tampa this course was very well maintained. The fairways and greens were in great shape. The staff was friendly as well.
Worth the drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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