Grand Coral Riviera Maya Golf Course

4.0364117647 4.0 stars from 5 (71)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7043 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 74.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 7043 yards 74.8 141
Gold 71 6668 yards 72.9 138
Blue 71 6318 yards 71.4 136
White 71 5909 yards 69.6 126
Red (W) 71 5188 yards 70.9 126

Situated just minutes from Playa del Carmen, the Grand Coral Riviera Maya snakes through dense Mayan jungle with scenic glimpses of the Caribbean Sea throughout. The designer, Nick Price, laid heavy emphasis on having the most minimal environmental impact as possible while still providing a fair and challenging round. He even employed a team of biologists and environmental consultants to determine how to minimize water consumption and protect the native wildlife. Price carefully preserved and incorporated the native vegetation into the golf course so that it blends seamlessly into the beautiful surroundings. The dense jungle comes into play along the fairways, requiring some accuracy to maneuver or else you'll surely lose a ball. Water hazards come into play on several holes and there are also strategically placed bunkers lurking near the greens.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 71 Reviews
5 stars:
16
4 stars:
40
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

61 out of 71 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers water hazards thick rough  

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"Greens in bad shape"


arsenose's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were in terrible shape and the pace of play was slow the price was to high at 95 buckshad better deal and greens at Hard Rock Golf course


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Very player friendly"


kuks05's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

I found the course to be very player friendly. Fairly wide open and straight forward. I did manage to find a bunch of bunkers today, but they were all in great shape. We found a deal online and this place was week worth what we paid. The staff is top notch, from the starter to the beverage cart, and even the ranger were all super friendly and attentive. My only complaint was that the greens were some what inconsistent, as a few greens had some thin areas. I think that in a week or two they should be in great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great final round."


Poorspecimen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Decided at the last minute to play Grand Coral again (3rd time) before heading home from vacation.

Course was in good shape and we moved along pretty well.

Broke 80 for 2nd time on the trip and we got to see a gator/croc as well as the monkeys making an appearance on the 18th green. Great ending to a wonderful vacation!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable round"


Poorspecimen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite a couple rain delays and eventually being washed out by downpours after a fantastic drive on the 18th, we still enjoyed the round. Course was in good shape despite the rain. Beats shovelling snow!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Better Option"


ACMR's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is not a bad track by any stretch of the imagination, there are just better options in the area. Sections of fairways and greens are burnt out and to me that is not acceptable in a tropical climate. Bunkers were in good shape as well as the tee boxes. If you like to golf and don't mind spending a little extra there are much better options. Mayakoba and Riviera Cancun to start.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

According to the staff they lost irrigation for a week and have lost some of the fairway. Spring rules apply


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000005636622's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Crevier's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


I recommend this course


"Grand Coral"


John3790007's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. Great conditions. Greens are SLOW. There is ZERO run up to the greens! Play your shot 3-5 yards short of the pin and you will do well. We did a 1:40 tee time. I highly recommend playing as early as possible even if it is exponentially more expensive. If you can afford $60 US, you can afford $120 to golf. You will not regret playing at 6:40 and paying full price and pass up sweating your butt off all day in 100 degree heat indexes


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Interesting Track"


Jkitts's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was fabulous, so helpful. Was rained out on the first day, got a raincheck and returned the following day with no issues.

The layout of this course is challenging, the par 3's are fairly long (depending on tees of course) and I enjoyed the different shots required to score here.

That said, and this is true of Mayakoba (nicest track in the area) as well, the greens are SLOW. If you don't like slow greens, this isn't the place for you. They were amazingly true and smooth, but very very slow, which I believe is normal for the region.

From a maintenance standpoint, the course could be a bit better. Tee boxes and greens were well maintained, there were some rough spots in the fairways where they needed a bit more grass, but this could be indicative of the time of year (VERY hot, humid weather).

I would recommend this track, primarily due to the service and staff friendliness. Layout is good, and from the tips will give you all you could ask for!!

Mayakoba is the gem of this region, but Grand Coral is less than 1/2 the price (maybe 1/3 depending on what rate you get, Mayakoba wanted $299 on some sites) making it a good value if you are in the Playa Del Carmen area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Better than ever"


GolfinginBC's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
British Columbia Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

This was my second time playing this course. I played in fall of 2015 and it was great then and even better now.

I love the layout, the greens roll true, at at just over 7000 from the tips it's 141 slope is challanging.

They updated all their carts since last time which is a nice added touch. We paid $89 per person which is a great deal for what you get. I'm sure if you stay on property it's even better.

Looking forward to coming back, it's a must in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000005530477's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice course!"


Aggie549's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We selected this course for the price and hopefully wider fairways. The course was in good condition. I would recommend this course!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Customer Service"


rschifano's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The golf staff forgot to pick us up at the hotel and did not answer the phone when the hotel staff called. Had to take a taxi. Got there just in time to tee off. We had paid for the bucket of balls, which we never received and the staff girl in charge of sending the driver, rolled her eyes when her supervisor was disciplining her. Yes, I speak Spanish. We have golfed here many times and have had similar experiences. Course is beautiful. Cancelled our Thursday tee time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



Darren5139458's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good course but overpriced for what you get."


u00000615802's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is nice but not much elevation change. First time playing this course and the distances to the greens were hard to get right with the heat and windy conditions. No gps and sprinklers not marked.

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Rental clubs were not good quality. Grips worn out and in some had cracks.

It is a little overpriced for what you get on the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"This course is open for missed shots"


u000006207550's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The Grand Coral was a great place to play and my wife to ride along. Teed off at 7am, wanted to be first out finished in 2:50 hours was just me as a single. The lay out was pretty nice but greens ran a little slow but a great course over all.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/16/2017

Did they charge you a cart fee for your wife to ride?



saubre's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

this course is not offering any drinks or food for free on the course like all the other ones.

We even ad to pay for the water


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Fun Round"


u008959157's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Decided to play a round while I was on vacation. Rental clubs were a few years old but pretty good- TaylorMade Aero Woods and Irons. The course was built to be forgiving which is nice when you haven't swung a club in a few months and the ones you have are rentals. The fairways and greens were wide and inviting. The bunkers were well maintained and the greens were nice. My one suggestion would be to double cut or roll the greens. They had a bumpy, wobbly but roll to them so it was hard to know if yet rolled true. Overall I had a great time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Very good!!"


Ukgolfnutter's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I have played this golf course 3 times in the last week! The course is very well presented, good design and is difficult. I am a 2 handicap and stuggled playing from the back tees as the course was playing long. The greens were perfect, very true surfaces.

A shout out must go to the starters... From start yo finish, the customer service was very good! Overall i was very pleased with the experience! Must visit course if in the area!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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