Saddlebrook Resort overview
With two courses designed by Arnold Palmer, 45 tennis courts, basketball and grass/sand volleyball courts, Saddlebrook Resort is a sports enthusiast’s dream getaway. The rooms feature subtle tropical accents and offer private balconies or patios with scenic views of the courses or the resort.
Additionally, with a steakhouse, sports bar, and poolside café and bar, guests will never be short of dining options. The large spa and three outdoor swimming pools offer guests the perfect place to relax and unwind on their golf vacation.
There are two Arnold Palmer designed golf courses onsite at Saddlebrook Resort, the Palmer Course and the Saddlebrook Course. Both work their way through the natural landscape, incorporating areas full of cypress, pine and palm trees.
Saddlebrook Resort features 540 rooms and suites, ranging in size from a deluxe guestroom that is 400 sq. ft. in size to two-bedroom suites that are 950 sq. ft. All rooms come with tropical décor, marble bathrooms, comfortable bedding, a large screen TV, coffeemaker, and private balcony or patio. The suites offer full kitchens and seating areas to provide some home-away-from-home comforts.
The buildings are laid out around nine courtyards with gardens and lush landscaping in the middle. Rooms offer scenic views of the golf courses, pools, or nature preserve.
Restaurant & Bars
There are several onsite dining options available at Saddlebrook Resort, ranging from fine dining at a steak house to a casual poolside café and bar. Dempsey’s Steak House serves prime cuts of beef in a formal setting, while T.D.’s Sports Bar offers classic American dishes with sports playing on the numerous large-screen televisions and memorabilia hanging on the walls.
Spa & Leisure
The 7,000 sq. ft. European-style spa contains 12 treatment rooms and offers services such as body treatments, massages, and a full-service salon. There are whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and a courtyard terrace for the ultimate tranquil experience. The 3,300 sq. ft. fitness center houses a variety of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment.
Saddlebrook Resort is located 30 minutes north of Tampa and the Tampa International Airport.
On Site Activities
Away from the golf courses, there are three outdoor swimming pools, including the main half-million gallon resort-style pool in the center of the resort as well as an adults-only pool. Additionally, there are 45 tennis courts featuring all four Grand Slam surfaces.
Guests can also rent bicycles for a leisurely cruise around the grounds of the resort or play games on the basketball and sand/grass volleyball courts.
T.D.’s Sports Bar is perfect post-round, alternatively, enjoy a bite and a cocktail in the open-air from the Poolside Café & Bar.
Golf courses at Saddlebrook Resort
Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Palmer Course at Saddlebrook Resort is a challenge despite its relatively short length of just over 6200 yards. With wide but rolling fairways, golfers will commonly encounter uneven lies. Accuracy on approach shots is crucial to safely land on the small, elevated greens and avoid the tough white-sand bunkers. Putting will also prove to be tricky as the greens are fast and undulating. the Palmer Course is a great complement to its sister course, the Saddlebrook.
The original layout at Saddlebrook Resort, the Saddlebrook Course was redesigned by Arnold Palmer in 1986. Of the two courses, this one is flatter but longer and tighter. Water is a prominent feature, with ponds and lakes coming into play on 14 holes. The course is framed in towering moss-draped cypress trees, while over 50 thoughtfully placed bunkers help to create a challenging round. Accuracy and distance are paramount to a low score on this Palmer layout.
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With two Arnold Palmer designed golf courses intertwined through the natural landscape of cypress, pines and palms - Saddlebrook is both a picturesque and relaxing place to play golf. With an exceptional golf academy onsite and first class tuition available this golf resort has it all.