SADDLEBROOK RESORT Saddlebrook Course (813-907-4566)
Florida Golf Course Review
Saddlebrook in Wesley Chapel is a full service luxury resort specializing in golf and tennis packages with accommodations and amenities that earn the
property the industry's highest awards year after year. Included on property are two beautiful 18-hole championship golf courses, a golf preparatory
school with outstanding, comprehensive practice facilities, 45 tennis courts with excellent instructional programs, 540 guest rooms and suites, over 95,000
square feet of flexible meeting/conference space, a new sports village with fitness center, wellness center plus full service spa, a great variety of dining
facilities, spectacular tropically landscaped pool area with hot tubs, and recreational opportunities that includes a 5 acre challenge site. For more info on
this world class resort, visit our page for Saddlebrook on our Florida Golf Resort section, with direct link to their website by clicking here.
The Golf courses are on property - within walking distance from any of the rooms and suites. Both are serviced by one clubhouse, which includes a pro
shop stocked with golf attire, accessories and clubs. The poolside bar & grill is across the way, Dempsey's Steak House is next door and the Cypress
Restaurant - serving great breakfast buffets daily is perched just across from the 18th green of the Saddlebrook Course. Each golf course has a putting
green situated on the way to the first hole. The practice center is about a mile away - with free shuttle available. Besides the prep school, lessons of
various kinds are offered to juniors and adults at BannLynch Golf.
The Saddlebrook Course is the tighter of the two layouts on property, although it does present a mix of narrow and wide fairways. Golfers will encounter
some beautifully designed par fours and fives that feature narrow openings off the tee or approaches to the greens framed by tall moss draped cypress on
both sides- giving the course a unique southern bayou feel. We encounter a couple alligators on our review round, and also observed plentiful native water fowl.
Like the Palmer Course, this layout features an array of sand bunkers, some positioned strategically near the landing zones on doglegs, and many
situated greenside. There are 57 sand traps in total. The putting surfaces are not as undulating however, and there is a mix of raised and fairly level green
complexes which present opportunities for a variety of approaches ranging from low running chips to high arcing lobs. Generally speaking, there is ample
room greenside to recover from slightly offline approaches.
Water hazards are more prominent on this layout, with ponds and lakes involved on 14 of the hole designs, and with forced carries to the green on several
holes on the front side. The landscaping on the Saddlebrook course is meticulously arranged, and the tall strands of cypress give the layout added
character. The finishing hole is one of Florida's best - a long par four that doglegs right with water all along the right, which also squeezes the landing zone
greenside. The green complex has the Cypress on the Terrace Green Restaurant and patio as a back drop, with a wooden bridge/walkway adding to the
aesthetic appeal (see first photo in this review). There are three sets of tee areas that play to distances and slopes measuring 6631 yards/137 slope, 6127
yards/132 slope and 4941 yards with a slope of 121 for women hitting from the red tees.
There is an abundance of native wildlife on both courses, and though the layouts meander through the resort and residential community, golfers will
experience a feeling of serenity, with the age old forests and water lands always nearby. A stay at this resort is highly recommended. Both courses are
also open for public play. For more information, visit our page fro the Palmer Course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.