One&Only Palmilla Golf Club - The Ocean/Arroyo 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
4.3
87.6%
Recommend this course
83 out of 89 reviews
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4.3
6
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
5.0
83.3%
Recommend this course
5 out of 6 reviews
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4.3
15
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.7
80.0%
Recommend this course
12 out of 15 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6771
Slope 137
Rating 72.9
Type Public
Jack Nicklaus designed the 27-hole course at the One&Only Palmilla Golf Club. The golf course is divided into three nines that are played in different 18-hole combinations. The courses wind through endless cacti and through deep arroyos, a landscape that Nicklaus fully utilized. He gave each a unique character, naming them after their defining characteristics. The Ocean/Arroyo Course starts you off with incredible views of the shimmering blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. Each hole on the front nine offers a different, but equally scenic view of the ocean. The gently sloping Ocean nine has large greens that can be tricky but they are balanced by wide, player-friendly fairways. The back nine features more dramatic elevation changes, especially on the intimidating 16th hole, which plays alongside a deep and foreboding arroyo.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6771 yards 72.9 137
Gold 72 6361 yards 70.9 135
Blue 72 5878 yards 68.6 129
White 72 5442 yards 67.0 122
White (W) 72 5442 yards 72.9 132
Red (W) 72 4716 yards 69.3 123
Scorecard for Ocean / Arroyo
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: 72.9/137 394 455 458 185 528 162 404 314 534 3434 360 304 518 360 173 460 566 243 353 3337 6771
Gold M: 70.9/135 384 437 436 160 504 155 353 287 511 3227 345 291 505 334 154 415 549 196 345 3134 6361
Blue M: 68.6/129 298 402 414 146 475 126 328 263 508 2960 320 270 497 301 136 399 490 177 328 2918 5878
White M: 67.0/122 W: 72.9/132 278 372 388 127 462 102 313 223 474 2739 295 255 483 286 125 366 455 137 301 2703 5442
Red W: 69.3/123 246 343 276 110 436 79 302 168 422 2382 275 215 447 271 97 315 364 91 259 2334 4716
Handicap 13 3 1 11 9 15 5 17 7 14 18 8 6 16 2 4 10 12
Par 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 5 36 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 3 7 13 11 15 1 17 5 4 16 2 8 14 6 12 18 10

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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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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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
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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
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