One&Only Palmilla Golf Club - The Mountain/Ocean Golf Course

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4.5
90
5 Stars
57
4 Stars
27
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.2
86.7%
Recommend this course
83 out of 89 reviews
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4.4
5
5 Stars
3
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1
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
5.0
80.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 5 reviews
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4.2
14
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
3.7
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.7
78.6%
Recommend this course
11 out of 14 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7036
Slope 140
Rating 74.2
Type Public
The One&Only Palmilla Golf Club boasts a 27-hole layout that is divided into three scenic nines: Mountain, Ocean, and Arroyo. Named after the defining features of their landscape, the nines are played in different 18-hole combinations. Jack Nicklaus designed all 27 holes, giving each a unique character but the same level of challenge. The Mountain/Ocean combination starts out with dramatic elevations. Expect some uneven lies and the occasional blind shot. The front nine offers a diverse mix of holes of varying lengths that all feature plenty of water and sand. The fifth hole is a memorable par 4 that plays over not one but two deep canyons to a green fronted by a deep bunker. On the back nine, the Ocean Course, golfers can enjoy a different view of the Sea of Cortez on every
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7036 yards 74.2 140
Gold 72 6665 yards 72.5 137
Blue 72 6172 yards 70.1 131
White 72 5709 yards 68.6 123
White (W) 72 5709 yards 74.8 136
Red (W) 72 4906 yards 71.3 124
Scorecard for Mountain / Ocean
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: 74.2/140 396 390 468 534 401 207 550 219 437 3602 394 455 458 185 528 162 404 314 534 3434 7036
Gold M: 72.5/137 378 370 443 500 399 189 531 205 423 3438 384 437 436 160 504 155 353 287 511 3227 6665
Blue M: 70.1/131 352 344 420 486 388 149 504 169 400 3212 298 402 414 146 475 126 328 263 508 2960 6172
White M: 68.6/123 W: 74.8/136 337 325 391 414 380 130 478 151 364 2970 278 372 388 127 462 102 313 223 474 2739 5709
Red W: 71.3/124 294 290 348 364 298 115 386 135 294 2524 246 343 276 110 436 79 302 168 422 2382 4906
Handicap 9 17 3 5 1 13 7 15 11 14 4 2 12 10 16 6 18 8
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 36 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 13 11 3 7 1 17 5 15 9 10 4 8 14 12 16 2 18 6

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1992) Jack Nicklaus (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Reviews

4.5
90

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 15
Elevation Changes 14
Forced Carries 9
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 14
A Weekend Splurge 9
Advanced Golfers 9
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 9
Convenient to the City 6
Worth the Drive 6
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Hot weather
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Excellent Course with a Few Flaws

We played Palmilla, Quivira, and Puerto Los Cabos during our stay. All three courses are Nicklaus designed. Palmilla had the best and friendliest service BY FAR of the three courses and is what I will remember the most. Even though it was July, course conditions were decent(not great) but still not as good as the other two.

The cool towels provided at the driving range, the turn, by the cart girl were much welcomed.

We enjoyed playing the Mountain course more than the Ocean course, sans the hole that leads right up to the water.

Why four stars? Palmilla is a well-run and challenging golf course, but compared to the other two courses (which cost roughly the same) we just didn't leave with the same "wow" factor. The other two courses were in better conditions, had better views, and offered complimentary food and drinks between holes.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Bomb

Played a round with Family and they accomadated 5 players, customer service and amenities were well worth the 100$ round. Fairways and greens were tournament worthy. If they could have lowered the temp 10-15 degrees it would have been perfect. Thank god I love the heat

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Traps

Took a group for destination wedding and pumped up the course from previous plays. However this time was little let down. Group consensus was the traps were like hitting off concrete with a top coat of 1/16th inch of sand. Staff great, grens were top coated and did not hold even in tbe morning, but fast and putted true. Over priced yes, especially with 16% MX tax.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great staff very nice resort course

Very good putting surfaces, as with most resort courses there are holes that are fit into the piece of property but not enough of them to take away from the total enjoyment of the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth at afternoon rate

Would be nice to have some tips/advice on course obstacles. River beds etc.

happy we didn’t pay regular full green fer

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Disappointed in Cabo

Palmilla is well conceived and designed. Staff was tremendous. But the conditions of course was below average and bunkers were possibly the worst I have ever played. Quivira absolutely blows Palmilla away in conditions, service, not to mention the incredible views.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Arizona Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Palmilla: World-Class Nicklaus Golf in Cabo

San Jose del Cabo is home to some extraordinary Jack Nicklaus Golf designs: Quivira, El Dorado, the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol and Palmilla Golf Club are what come most quickly to mind. These courses span a time frame through the later stages of Jack's development as a designer (the early 90's to present) and all are spectacular. Palmilla is the only facility with 27 Jack Nicklaus-designed holes, though, and each of them offers a view down to the mindblowingly blue Sea of Cortez.

Each nine holes is named: The Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean and they move seamlessly through said geography. The routings are very similar in terms of length and difficulty: 7,000 to 6,800 from all the way back (Black Tees), sloping in the 140 to 137 range. The Gold Tees come in closer to 6,500 and a bit less, but the slopes remain pretty rough staying in the 137 to 135 range. Of the three, the Mountain to Ocean routing would be the choice - most picturesque as well as just flatly hard.

Nut and Bolts: Website

This is a Troon managed facility so you get a Troon white-labelled site. It will look very familiar to the user who has played or plays a Troon courses. While it is content heavy and fairly easy to navigate, it remains stuck in a look that seems to be about 10 years old. Overall, though, it works. (One last point: The Course Flyovers through Best Approach look terribly cheesy. 2010 content that would be annihilated by HD drone flyovers today. Just sayin'...)

Repetitive part of the review: As always, the playability of the course is determined by an honest appraisal of your skills. The choices of tees directly impacts the difficulty of driving. Park the ego. Play within yourself and enjoy the routings. Driving is moderate to very difficult. Approach shots are the same. Typical JWN green complexes and bunkering along with Sonoran Desert washes and ravines that look like you're in the Arizona Desert... with a gorgeous coastal view..!!???

Bring a camera. The par 5 seventh on the Arroyo, if you decide to play that nine, demands attention, particularly from the approach shot all the way to the green. Your view over the coast below is unforgettable. The par 4 fifth on the Mountain nine is NOT about the ocean: It is all about the incredible design vision of Mr. Nicklaus. The par 5 seventh will be memorable, too. The second and third holes on the Ocean Nine, as well as the final three holes make THAT nine the one that impresses itself on the mind most deeply.

Make sure to tee it up at The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol as well as Robert Trent Jones Jr's Cabo Real, if you can. Questro Golf offers a package deal for that, along with the Gary Nicklaus-designed Club Campestre and the JWN/Greg Norman paired nines at Puerto Los Cabos.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Top notch

This is a fabulous course. If in Cabo you must play this is a course. This course is fair but challenging!

I strongly recommend this course

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Pretty, but not worth it

Course layout was tough & challenging on some holes, boring on others. With club rental, $240. Don't know how it compares to other courses in area, but I had higher expectations.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Palmilla golf

Nice course, very challenging trying to understand the first few holes on the ocean 9, not much ocean but nice fairways and greens ( some were still sanded). Very much a target layout, challenging and I’d like to play it again.

Muy Bonita

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Except for the taxes that they charge you to play there it's a nice course

They charged us an additional $16 per player taxes to play there

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Palmilla

We have played Palmilla before Arroyo and Ocean. This was the first time we saw the Mountain 9. Palmilla (all 27) is one of the very best tracks in San Jose del Cabo. We highly recommend it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of the best in Cabo

Can't go wrong greens are fast but the course is in excellent shape the driving range is superb highly recommend

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Beautiful course

How can you go wrong in Cabo. On arrival, I was greeted by the staff, and proceeded to the clubhouse. I was scheduled to play Arroyo/Mountain combination.

I asked if I could play Ocean course, and was told there would be no problem.

The course setting was beautiful, with the ocean a backdrop on one of the holes. There were not a lot of golfers on the course, and the foursome playing in front of us waved us thru on the 6th hole. From there, did not see a golfer the rest of the day.

The holes are spread out amongst the villas, on the Ocean course, and the terrain on the Arroyo course.

All in all, was a great experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Valid dates: Oct 19, 2018 - Dec 20, 2018
The package includes overnight accommodations, unlimited rounds of golf for two players, daily American breakfast for two at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar and 10% savings offered at the Golf Shop.
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