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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
139 Reviews (139)
5 Stars
92
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
97.1%
Recommend this course
135 out of 139 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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Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
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Plays A few times a week
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5.0
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Hot weather
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course conditions and challenging

Wasn’t very busy for a noon tee time and they let the other twosome tee off early so we had time to ourselves. The course was in great condition, challenging greens and a lot of water. The Palmer course is the “more forgiving” course. Those par 5s were brutal! Bring enough balls. Arrive early- the practice facilities are open but spread out.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
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Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

This course is worth the heat!

Upon arriving, check in was well orchestrated. We promptly set out for a 4 minute cart ride to hit free range balls. All staff members were courteous and very pleasant. Tee time was spot on, no wait. The course was in superb shape. The fairways had excellent turf to hit off. The greens were a little slow, but each pin placement was challenging. All and all, a great day with money well spent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Intermediate and above will enjoy this course.

Course was in great condition and I enjoyed the challenge. Players who are lower than intermediate level may find it more difficult than they are use to.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Best Public Course In The Area?

Saddlebrook is a resort and has two courses as well as other amenities you wouldn't see at most other courses. The Palmer is well maintained and is easily one of my favorites. Every time I play this course it is in great shape. This summer has been dry and some fairways were showing signs of burnt grass but that is about the worst thing I can say. The greens are perfect and there is a lot to offer after your round. For the price, this is the best non-private course in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem

I've been wanting to play this course for a long time. Drove almost an hr from lakeland for the visit. Great layout on the course, greens were rolling great. Faiways & tees were nice as well. Definitely going to play there again!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Awesome Greens

This course is in great shape. Staff was friendly and helpful. Greens are fun and challenging. What an experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

I expected more

This resort has a great reputation and I thought the course and overall resort would be excellent. I was disappointed. For this price, I would play other courses instead.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great layout

Course was challenging. A true shot placement course, the greens were perfect, fast, and true ... outstanding shape. I would definitely recommend this course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

This hidden gem is one of the best courses in our area. Greens, fairways, tee boxes all in great shape. Playing the Palmer course again on Monday; will update if anything changes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Saddlebrook Golf

2 Courses both fantastic.Saddlebrook is tighter and more challenging for me.
Great staff,resort atmosphere,and surrounded by beautiful homes.
First class range.We try to play there every week.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great shape

Fairways and greens all in excellent shape. A few tee boxes are getting thin and sparse. Rough is fairly thick, not the place to be.

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

Course is in Great Shape

I have played this course many times in the past. The course conditions are very good for this time of year in Florida . I would like the greens to be faster but because of the undulations and design they are very challenging.
Had a great time despite the coronavirus challenges .

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

Great layout in excellent playing conditions

I was very pleased with the layout and the playing condition of this course. The staff was helpful and friendly.
Plan to go back very soon.

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

Beautiful

Course is in great shape and greens are nice and smooth.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 33
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
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Apologize to the person who cuts the pins

Course was great. The weather was good... Whoever made the person that cut the pins mad please apologize. 3-foot putts easily turned into a 10-footers coming back on some holes. But greens were in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Well worth the cost

The course was in great shape. Tees were clean and greens were looking great and rolling great. The staff greeted me with respect to social distancing and wore a mask. One bummer was that valet was not available, obviously for safety reasons. Cart staff even chase me down while I was walking away to let me know that I left my drink mug on the cart. Saddlebrook Palmer course is one of my favorite courses in the Tampa Bay Area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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