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342 Reviews (342)
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
89.0%
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4.2
36 Reviews (36)
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
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4.4
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4.4
71 Reviews (71)
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
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4.3
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4.5
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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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Nice course

I really liked the course. Greens were a little slow but rolled very well. Layout was really good and playable. Must play if you’re in the area.

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Still too wet and muddy and it hasnt rained for 4 days

Where is the driving range and why isnt it offered?

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Commented on 01/04/2019

Driving range is very nice but it's all the way by the front entrance

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Conditions Excellent
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Pace Average
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First Time Playing

Terrific layout and extremely challenging

First time playing the Palmer course and look forward to returning. The first 3 holes will test your skills and most greens you need to be pin high or you may be looking at 3 putting.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

An enjoyable round

The condition and layout of the fairways
gives you a good chance of hitting the greens.
miss the fairways and it's going to take an extra stroke but still doable.
Greens were great. No stupid pin placements and the puts rolled true.

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

Excellent course conditions !

The Palmer course was difficult as expected. I enjoyed the consistency in my fairway shots and the Putting Greens. I haven’t been here in nearly 20 years, and Saddlebrook did not disappoint.

Conditions Excellent
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Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart

Chamber of Commerce day

Course in nice shape no issues whatsoever. Sand traps in nice shape especially.

Conditions Excellent
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Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Palmer Course

This is hands down the best golf course I have ever set foot on. I got a big discount on the green fees from the Golf Now app. But I would pay full price to play this course. The greens are extremely fast, and they have slopes and hills. Very challenging but it was nice to see a ball break when it should break. The fairways were in good shape, maybe a tad bit wet, but still very nice. The grounds crew was very polite and would shut off machines when someone was trying to take a shot. That does not happen on some courses.

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

Saddlebrook Palmer course

From the time you arrive at the front gate until you drive out the property you feel a like you experienced excellent
treatement, an excellent course and a great bang for your buck.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow play, poor condition

Played this course 2 days in a row because I stayed on property. The greens were very slow and the course was not the condition you would expect at a resort. The tees were in bad shape, and the play was extremely slow. No ranger in site either days. Not worth the money as there are much better courses to play in the area.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Rush rush rush

Valet parking....rush to get out of the car. Rush to get your gear. Shuttled to the cart guy who could not find your tee time on his sheet...my playing partner was so rushed that he left his phone and wallet in his car...did not realize that until he reached for a tip for the shuttle guy. Not a great reception and not the first time for me. Beyond that staff was great, course was great, facility was awesome. What would make this even better? Self park and a cart pick up or bag drop like the rest of the resort courses do it.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First Time at Palmer Course...

and it won't be the last. I enjoyed my round and the course was in great shape. The staff was friendly and I will definitely play here again!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens need work

Always enjoy saddlebrook on either course. The course in in good shape for late summer, but the greens were not up to par. There wee very rough and did not roll well. Some had patches and still showed aeration holes with sandy spots.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens are not up to normal levels

I have played here 5-6 times. Today was bad. Pace of play was 5 hours.....in Florida thats terrible.

The greens were fuzzy, not mowed tight, sand filled and patchwork everywhere. They have really gotten bad since I played there 2 months back. Don't roll true and the ball bounces all over the place. Burnt spots on every green....

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Interesting Layout

The course is beautifully maintained.It is not a long course. The green had be top dressed and, as such, not mowed and pretty slow. But, once we have some rain and the dressing settles in greens should be quite good.Fun course to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Hot Day

Staff not friendly, had to valet park and then someone carted you to Pro shop TIP, TIPS, all they seem interested in.. The bag guy didn't even put our bags on cart, just said pick a cart and go. 1st green terrible condition and a few more on the course. They closed the Palmer Course for awhile so why wasn't this course in better shape. Not a RESORT course like I know. Won't go back.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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