With the fabulous Florida weather, plenty of professionals log practice time at Florida resorts. That’s an added bonus for visitors, too, who can go home and brag to friends about playing a great course and catching a pro warming up on the range or even having lunch in the clubhouse.
At Saddlebrook Resort, just north of Tampa in Wesley Chapel, you never know who you’ll run into on the two Arnold Palmer-designed courses and 20-acre practice compound. PGA Tour champion K.J. Choi designed some of the practice facility’s bunkers and its one-of-a-kind red clay station, used to perfect contact in the swing.
The monstrous tennis facility – 45 courts featuring every surface in the game – often has stars getting in their strokes, too, from John Isner to James Blake to Mardy Fish.
Heck, if you visit you might see stars of tomorrow from Saddlebrook Prep, a college preparatory school that shares the facilities. I used to cover high school sports in the area and Saddlebrook was a perennial lock for golf and tennis titles.
Whatever your fancy, Saddlebrook has it. Its “Walking Village” layout features rooms and suites clustered around lushly landscaped courtyards, with restaurants, shops and meeting rooms all a short walk away. Saddlebrook’s location, just a mile off I-75 in Pasco County, puts St. Petersburg and Tampa within easy range.
If you go
5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel