Saddlebrook is located one mile east of I-75 at exit 279, 30 miles north of Tampa International Airport in Wesley Chapel, Florida. This resort features two championship eighteen hole courses. The Saddlebrook Course and the Palmer course.
The Saddlebrook course is more of a flat, driving course that is tree lined with narrow fairways. The greens are larger and flatter than the Palmer Course. The Saddlebrook Course is an 18-hole, par 70.
The Palmer Course is more open off the tee with rolling fairways. Both courses have water on seventeen of the eighteen holes. The Palmer Course is an 18-hole, par 71.
Both courses are also very heavily bunkered and when they let the rough grow tall, it's like the U.S. Open. The resort underwent a multi-million dollar renovation during 1996, which included refurbishing and upgrading the lobby and restaurants. Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay redesigned the Saddlebrook Course when the Palmer Course was added in 1986. Saddlebrook Resort, surrounded by two of Floridaâ€™s most picturesque and playable golf courses, is world headquarters to the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy and is home to Saddlebrook Prep School for golf.
Guest (cart included), played on Friday, March 2013 at 8am
Played this on a "Golf Pkg" deal two nights three days (18ea) @ $350 per person in a great condo setting. My guess would be $50 is what i would pay for 18/cart. Saddlebrook is a great layout (tight)that has the toughest greens I've ever putted on. Buy the yardage book and stay BELOW the hole or your 2nd putt will be 6'-10' from the cup. No flat putts on either courses and pin placements can break a good round w/ an 5 putt green from 4'. Very challinging layouts and when you add 20mph winds, the forced carries into the heavy guarded greens can make pars feel like birds. Bring your range finder as MANY of the sprinkler heads aren't marked and the many doglegs make distance a challenge, as no GPS on carts. Shot 38 on front and 47 back and then the oppsite the next day with wind and hitting greens in the wrong place a BIG factor. Take your own drinks/food as everything is way overpriced, compared to my northern courses.
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