5703 Oakley Blvd
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
Phone: (813) 973-1665
Fax: (813) 435-7437
If you're looking for the ultimate golfing experience you'll be sure to find it at Saddlebrook Resort's golf courses. As the World Headquarters of the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy you have quite a few options if you want instruction while you play. At the 18-hole golf courses in the resort, pristine greens with well-maintained shrubbery, accented with lakes, ponds and streams await you. The course is a different experience in itself. Call ahead to reserve a tee time or to inquire about one of the many instructional programs offered.
Lexington Oaks Golf Club is a 18-hole course that is challenging to the novices as well as the pros. Located in Wesley Chapel the course has features complete with many lakes, wetlands, dunes and other varying landscapes. Check out the Pro shop here, that has a wide range of golf t-shirts, hats and shoes, pick one and go off teeing in style! While you are on the course a visit to the Oaks restaurant is a must. The place can also be hired for banquets and other private events.
At 6,032 yards from the white tees, this par-71 course is short. The elevated greens are well defended by traps and have some radical slopes. There is also water on every single hole. There is one fairly long par-5 and a few of the par-4s exceed 400 yards, while the par-3s are comfortably short. Distance may not be the issue here, but surgical accuracy is. Pebble Creek Country Club is a semi-private golf course. Only soft spikes are allowed.
Located about 20 miles north of Tampa, the Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club is a wonderful club for families. This club house has it all: a restaurant, golf course, hot tubs, exercise and gaming rooms, a lounge area as well as pro shop. The golf course here is very challenging and offers great natural looks with lakes and wonderful landscaped grounds around. The Sunday Brunch is very popular with patrons as well, and the property rents out its banquet hall for weddings and other social events. Check the website for more details.
At American Balloons, reaching new heights in outdoor entertainment is their goal. Take to the skies on a thrilling hot air balloon ride and enjoy the scenic views below as the balloon makes its way over the Tampa Bay landscape. Select a group ride with friends and family or choose a private couple's ride that can be customized for a special event or occasion. Tethered balloon rides are also available if you prefer to stay in one place. Feel like a bird as the hot air balloon glides along in an approximately hour-long ride. -Vickie Ferguson
The Links Of Lake Bernadette is located in the picturesque town of Zephyrhills, few miles to the north of Tampa. This beautiful 18-hole golf course is one of the most prominent in the region and has been in existence since 1983. The pampas grass, the tall pine trees, the sand dunes, and the rolling fairway make it a delightful golf strip. Links Of Lake Bernadette is reminiscent of old Scottish links, with an excellent clubhouse and a distinct golf tradition. The link also has a ProShop that stocks the best of golf gear. Visit website for information on tee times.
This par-72 course features greens with bigger-than-average slopes and there are a number of fairway traps, along with some stubborn rough. At Hunter's Green Country Club water intrudes on 10 holes so have your aqua-wings ready. The course, 6102 yards from the white tees, was designed by Tom Fazio, so you are assured of quality work. The par-3s are long from the Gold Tees. Two of the par-5s will stretch you as well, while the par-4s are in the average range. This is a private golf course. Soft spikes only.
This Arthur Hills track is quite pretty and, at 7004 yards, very challenging from the gold tees. However, the par-72 layout is interesting from whichever tees you choose to play (blue tees run a more reasonable 6418 yards). You will encounter water on 10 holes, along with some annoying and well-placed sand traps. As well, the greens contain plenty of rolls and bulges to keep you thinking. Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club is a private golf course. Soft spikes only.
A par-72 and 6053-yard beauty, Heritage Harbor Golf Course was designed to provide a challenge to players of all levels. It is well kept and features large, gently rolling greens. There is some water. Although a young course, Heritage Harbor has managed to avoid the hard bounces and rough edges many courses must endure until they mature. The layout is not terribly hard and its difficulty remains constant for all tees, including the back (6,898 yards). It is a solid course that will prove worth your time. This is a public golf course. Soft spikes only.
The par-71, 6389-yard layout of Cheval Golf & Country Club occupies an interesting and hilly piece of property. The thin fairways lead to tiny, well conditioned greens. There are also a multitude of sand traps. From the gold tees (7,005 yards), there are two short par-5s along with one massive 600-yarder. The par-4s are short, with two long exceptions. The par-3s are nicely varied in length. This is a private golf course. Soft spikes only.
This par-72 6570-yard course was originally designed by Ron Garl and redone by Jack Nicklaus in 1989. Thirteen of its holes have water interrupting play. The most remarkable characteristic here is the green design. They are radically varied in both size and shape. If you are an average golfer, be advised to stick to the middle tees as the back ones can have you fouling the air with some well-chosen profanities. This is a private golf course. Soft spikes only.
The John B. Sargeant Park encircles the confluence of Flint Creek and Hillsborough River. This 23-acre (9.3-hecatre) woodland is replete with green and golden vegetation, a swampy terrain, and trails, boardwalks and bridges veiled by thick foliage. Some of their pathways connect to famous parks in the neighborhood. Visitors can also canoe, paddle or kayak along the river, which again leads to surrounding gardens. Other activities include hiking, fishing and spotting birds like the egret and ibis. This park also offers extensive picnic areas for relaxation.