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4.4
472 Reviews (472)
5 Stars
243
4 Stars
160
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
92.2%
Recommend this course
421 out of 472 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.6
85 Reviews (85)
5 Stars
60
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
96.5%
Recommend this course
82 out of 85 reviews
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4.6
139 Reviews (139)
5 Stars
91
4 Stars
41
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
472 Reviews (472)

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
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
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best in Area

I’ve played 10-12 different courses this summer, and this is the best golf I found. Great greens, fun Palmer layout, excellent golf. This is my new favorite in Tampa Bay.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very Nice

Palmer course was in great shape, played in 3 hours we will definitely play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice Course

I’m a 11 handicapper. Course is in good overall condition. It’s really hot today so there’s a lot of grass on the greens, therefore they’re running a little bit slow. . It’s a great course for $45 or less. I would not play it for $75. Traditional golf course, but if you strike the ball solid it’s not that difficult to score here.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course is in great condition for this area.

I play on June 26, this course maybe one of the best shape courses in the Tampa area. The greens were in great shape. They putted a little slow, but that is because they didn't cut them supper tight because of the heat. We are in a heat wave this week.
The fairways were in good condition and tee boxes were ok.
I purchased my round on Golfnow, which made a great round for the price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

After Father's Day gift

My wife and I really enjoyed playing this course. The layout is good with both traditional holes and challenging/tricky holes. The greens were in excellent shape. The grass was a little sparse in some approach areas and some tee boxes, but the fairways were primarily in great shape. The staff in the golf shop, on the shuttle carts, and on the beverage cart were all friendly and eager to please. I certainly intend to play this course again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
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 Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course was in great shape!

The course was in really great shape. I think it’s the best value in Tampa!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Outstanding

My first time here and I will be back. The course was in great shape. The front nine was pristine. The speed of the greens was just right. I was able to go out alone and did not have to wait very long between shots. Just under 4 hours to play on a Saturday morning. The staff was top notch from the valet girl driving me to my car all the way through. Excellent day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice course

Course was in great shape. Greens, tees and fairways were great. Design was challenging and really need to play a couple of times to know how and where to hit your shot. Pro shop had a conversation going on between employees and had to wait and then got less than stellar service. Had to ask where to go to get carts. Had to ask cart person where first tee was and just got a point in the general direction. The parking lot is a good walk to pro shop and didn't know they had a cart picking golfers up, no signs indicated. If it weren't for the nice course, the experience would not bring us back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Fun and a challenge

Enjoy this course, greens have a lot of undulations. They’re a little slow but roll true. Fairways in good condition with some bare spots but not a big problem because mostly good shape. Played in under 4 hrs so pace of play was excellent. Would like to play again because course knowledge would’ve made for a better round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 100
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Florida Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

In Good Shape

The Palmer course at Saddlebrook has always been very hit and miss for me. Either it is too slow, or it is too wet, or something holds me back from loving the course. This time was different. From tee to green the course was in phenomenal shape. We played a round in 3 hours. Weather was nice. It was really a pleasant day. One thing to note is the greens are tough and if you're going to score well you need to be on with the flat-stick.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not good

Course crowded, had 3 groups with same t-time. Way too pricy for conditions and pace of play.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 57
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

WOWWhataGorgeousCourse!

The Arnold Palmer course at Saddlebrook is one of the most beautiful we've played...ever! We can't wait to go back...soon.

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

Great Course

The course was in great shape and was a pleasure to play!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome...

Everything was great. Course condition pace of play the greens ran true the fact that the course is open to begin with was awesome the only offputting thing was at the driving range, the attendant was very keen on making sure that you didn’t hit too many balls. Not sure what that’s all about. The listing said “includes range balls”.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
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