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4.3
342 Reviews (342)
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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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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295 out of 342 reviews
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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
StaffFriendliness
4.4
88.9%
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4.4
71 Reviews (71)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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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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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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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very nice course layout, greens were a little rough.

Tees and fairways in excellent shape. Course layout was good resort course. Playable for all skill levels. Very nice overall. Greens were not in the best shape but putted fine.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

great day

beautiful course, in great shape overall for this time of year, staff very good, treated great.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Rough is supposed to be mean bunkers

I have played Saddlebrook several times and have always considered them some of the top courses in the area. Beautiful course with speedy smooth greens is why I chose to drive an hour just to play here. The greens are horrible, rumble strips on the highway would be easier to putt. Wait a few weeks then they should have it back in the fantastic shape we expect from them.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Nice layout, rough greens.

If you have not played Saddlebrook before, be advised you will have to valet your vehicle. The pro shop will validate your valet ticket. The tees and fairways were in fair condition, and most of the bunkers were in good shape. The greens, however, are in pretty rough shape. Very bumpy and inconsistent. Everyone on staff from the valet, cart wranglers, pro shop, starter and beverage cart were very nice and welcoming. This is a difficult time of the year for greens in Florida, so lower your expectations in that area if you plan a round here.
Pace of play was reasonable for a Sunday morning (4 hours).

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

What a maze

Such a maze to get around. Didn't like the here and there to get to the driving range and than back to pro shop and than to the golf course. Won't go back, u need a GPS to get around. Plus we had to wait at every hole to tee off took 4 1/2 hours to play. Some greens need repair badly. Plus we had to park a mile away from everything and ride a bus with are clubs.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Saddleback

Well maintained course with courteous and friendly staff. Great experience.

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
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great for money spent.

They are currently doing some work on greens and is wet due to all the rain but for the money it is fantastic.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Great layout

First time playing this course but really enjoyed the course layout. The greens had been punched recently and a lot of the greens had bad spots. Hard to figure out how to park and get to the pro shop.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Palmer Course July

I was pleasantly surprised on the course. The staff has recently airated the greens and I was not upset at all due to the fact that it was such a nice course. Will be playing there again. Thank you.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great variety

Great condition course, not the longest but the small tiered greens require an accurate approach shot.

All Staff were really friendly, and made our party feel really welcome.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course - better Amenities

The greens were so-so. They had been aerated recently and still had holes. If you could predict the hops, you could get close from a distance, otherwise, good luck.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The driving range was a long way from everything.

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

Great course but greens poked

I have played the Palmer course many times when the greens weren't poked and a real fun and challenging course always in great condition. I knew the greens were aerated but decided to play anyways thinking with all the rain that they'd be healed a bit, but was wrong. Between sand and big holes were quite bumpy and basically in the automatic 2-putt range. The day was great weather-wise and pace of play was terrific as we started at 10am and finished at 12:15, and that was us being a twosome. Highly recommend this course when greens heal up.

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

Great course

They have just done a punch, which made putting *
Had a great time working on my irons and driver!

Conditions Good
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
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Day

As always. It a pleasure to spend the day at Saddlebrook Resort. Great Course and Staff.......
Looking forward to going back.

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
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Awesome

Great lay out....really an awesome experience from the front entrance to exit

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Good Palmer Course

My first time playing at Saddlebrook Palmer Course, the course was in great shape after all the rain we received, good rolling greens, friendly staff. The only downside was the valet parking, we had to wait for the cart shuttle that never came, so we had to carry our clubs to the valet station after our round and the other negative was the practice range, about five minutes away from the first tee box. Overall, I would return and highly recommend this course for this price.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent experience

From the valet to the starter it was an all around top notch experience. Bags are taken directly to your cart before you are driven to the pro shop which is just past the pool.
The steakhouse is next to the pro shop, so stop after your round for a bite.
The course is open and challenging with water hazards on all but 2. From the average golfer to the professional you will love the layout.
The only disappointment was that they was not cart girl to offer service that day and a group of two started at hole 9 however they were placed behind our group which did not delay our pace. We finished in 3 ½ hours.
I would definitely return for the price.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Hot day and slow play

10am tee time had to wait 20 min as it was already backed up course looked good greens very fast a few tee boxes looked a little rough but overall the course was good but pace was to slow and it was very hot all day with tight fairways and small greens it's a tuff layout for an high handicap golfer if u r a 10 handicap or better you'll enjoy it took my group over 5 hrs to play which is to long

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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