El Conquistador Resort & Waldorf Astoria Spa

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6746
Slope 141
Rating 74.5
Type Resort
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
Scorecard for El Conquistador Golf Resort
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.1/123 395 380 613 173 431 429 316 501 188 3426 377 601 378 339 160 540 399 169 357 3320 6746
Gold M: 70.7/121 377 360 555 157 415 421 305 485 178 3253 360 554 347 325 145 523 369 158 344 3125 6378
Silver M: 69.2/117 337 333 536 132 373 409 277 459 157 3013 300 452 331 300 127 486 353 142 315 2806 5819
Jade W: 66.9/109 290 301 456 113 347 351 256 365 110 2589 255 398 273 256 90 417 318 90 253 2350 4939
Handicap 9 13 5 15 1 3 17 7 11 18 8 4 10 16 6 2 14 12
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 36 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways 419 Bermuda
Greens Tift Dwarf
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arthur Hills (1993)

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes, private lessons are available from PGA Golf Professionals
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green 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.

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
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Used cart

El Conquistador is one wild ride

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.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

A hilly, scenic test

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.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Awesome..

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Truly amazing course

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

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
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