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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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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 24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great course. Found the greens slow. Cannot believe It.....this is the only course I have been to that you have to pay for parking. Not expensive at $5 for Valet parking, but no other place to park other than valet. Really feel that this takes away from the golf course. Trivial but may not come here again when so many other great courses are available.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Must Play Destination

First time playing That course....you can not miss that resort if you visit the area or Tampa Bay ....super site, course layout ( i played the Palmer....)great for all..
Just found that fairways not cut has you would expect but still ok for challenging Golf..not an issue for a 12 handicap....greens in good Shape....could do some one Putts...and it us a WOW resort for the pool,tennis etc....Highly recommanded.

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

Fun day

Started as a single and zoomed though the first 8 holes. When I caught up with everyone it slowed down as expected. Still played in 3:45 minutes.
Fairways are generous and greens out true.
Hoping to go back and play again soon

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

steve

We enjoyed our round. The greens are a bit slow but quite true.

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

Nice challenging course. Good shape. Enjoyed it and would recommend playing it

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 32
Handicap 10-14
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 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful course

Excellent contains and very helpful staff. One of the best in Tampa

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Thanks Arnie

Great day of golf only made better by the helpful and friendly staff.
From arrival at valet parking to our return every staff member was upbeat and cordial helping us first timers navigate, from parking to pro shop, to practice range, to the first tee.
Then came a great course that has a picturesque layout while being both challenging and fair. Would love to come back in the spring when the fauna is In full bloom

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times 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
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth every penny

I enjoyed every minute of this golf course! Will be back for sure!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Value and Challenge

I read the recent reviews and was hesitant to book. I am so glad I did! It was chilly and windy but sunny. The Palmer course is a target course so if you just grip and rip maybe it’s not for you. Conditions were excellent and each hole has its own identity. Greens were a tad slow but ball stayed on the surface and greens were undulating. Fairways could have been cut shorter but ball sits up. I have played many premium courses and I rank this as number one in value and interest. I am 66 years old and rank this number one favorite place to play and will be back!!

Played On
Reviews 58
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Too cold to enjoy

Too cold to enjoy. Cost was in very good shape greens were awesome, but the pace of play was slow as it was very busy. Add that to the blustery conditions, decided to play only 12 holes will be back on the warmer weather

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Saddlebrook

We thought we were playing Palmer but got a call that we were moved to Saddle Brook which I said OK but they didn’t tell me that five of the greens were in bad shape. If all the greens were in good condition I would of given the course the top rating!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 32
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Great Course but not what I expected

The course is a great layout and in excellent condition. Not as wet as I was expecting considering how much rain it got. It’s been 25 years since I played the Palmer Course. The greens were not as fast as Pro Shop stated. Course had received two days of rain but a lot of the greens had sand on them like they had been aerated recently. Not told this at Pro Shop. Greens were very slow.
Staff was very friendly but could have been more helpful considering how hard it is to find your way around. It did take us 30 minutes longer to play due to heat (96 degrees). Pro Shop was closed at 4:30 and no shuttle available. Therefore wasn’t sure where to leave golf carts. No signs indicating where to return carts.
However, at this price, I was expecting more. Carts were old and outdated. I expected GPS on the carts. Other courses at this price have some complementary tees or bottled water but nothing like that here. We did have a great time and enjoyed it. The course is challenging but not sure if we will be back at this price.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Play here ASAP

Absolutely incredible course. Have never played a course this well maintained and pure. Great staff, beautiful track cannot believe the price $27-$33. This is well over a $100 course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Course is in good shape.

Corse is in good shape. Practice area is fantastic. Staff is friendly and helpful.

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