El Conquistador Resort & Waldorf Astoria Spa

4.5000000000 4.5 stars from 5 (4)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6746 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 74.5
  • Layout

  • 1000 Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo 00738, Puerto Rico
  • (787) 863-6784
  • elconresort.com
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Year built: 1993
Architect(s): Arthur Hills (1993)
Type: Resort
Style: Links
Greens: Tift Dwarf
Fairways: 419 Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes - Nike clubs are available for both men & women.

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes, private lessons are available from PGA Golf Professionals
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: Soft spikes only - rental shoes
Dress code: Shirts with collars and sleeves; slacks or Bermuda shorts are considered appropriate for men. Dresses, skirts, mid-length shorts and blouses are considered appropriate attire for women.

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6746 yards 74.5 141
Gold 72 6378 yards 72.5 140
Silver 72 5819 yards 70.1 135
Jade 72 4939 yards 70.8 126

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 4 Reviews
5 stars:
2
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
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recommend this course

4 out of 4 reviews


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"El Conquistador is one wild ride"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I think I need another shot at El Conquistador before I pass a final judgment. The first time playing it, I felt like a second-grader trying to do calculus. I got lost – and so did a handful of balls - trying to solve its quirks. To its credit, El Conquistador, designed by Arthur Hills in 1992, plays like nothing else on the island. It’s a wild ride up and down its hills. I love that the course is committed to firm and fast conditions, although all its slants and tilts constantly kick the ball around, more often than not into trouble. Its most controversial holes – others would say they’re the holes with the most personality – come during a dramatic stretch on the back nine. The uphill par-4 13th hole and par-3 14th hole severely punish even the slightest of misses to the right. The elevated 15th hole seems to overlook the entire island. It’s a great view on a fun hole. That is, until you find your ball in the woods after what you thought was a perfect drive. That’s El Conquistador, a beautiful mistress that messes with your mind.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A hilly, scenic test"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2013
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is a gorgeous, hilly piece of property on the northeast side of the island and attached to a Waldorf Astoria property. The course itself is very undulating (and full of iguanas - like most parts of land on the island these days). There are tons of elevated tees here (some to rather tight fairways) and the views of the ocean and rainforest are some of Puerto Rico golf's best. That said, I curry a little favor to some of the more traditional layouts on the island - but this is one spectacular experience.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome.."


WHHanson's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2012
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Reviewed on

What a spectacular course. Worth another trip to Puerto Rico just to play again. My wife and i enjoyed the many tee options but mostly the beautful setting and excellent condition of the course. Elevation changes make shot selection difficult and i would definitely keep the driver in the bag on many of the downhill tee shots since landing areas are tiny and sloped towards trouble. A caddie might be a good idea if one were offered, since the yardage book is okay, but not enough for first timers. All in all a great course and great experience made even better by the GOLFNOW discount!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Truly amazing course"


bkm1130's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the best courses you will ever play in your life.


Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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