The Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Puerto Penasco

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4.8
68
5 Stars
56
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.9
Value
4.7
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.9
Amenities
4.2
97.1%
Recommend this course
66 out of 68 reviews
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4.7
14
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11
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.9
Layout
4.9
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
14 out of 14 reviews
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4.8
32
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.7
Layout
4.7
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.8
96.9%
Recommend this course
31 out of 32 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7210
Slope 140
Rating 74.7
Jack Nicklaus and his son teamed up to design the course at The Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Puerto Penasco (formerly known as Peninsula De Cortes Golf Club and Peninsula Golf Club at Vidanta Puerto Penasco). Half of the layout plays along the Sea of Cortes while the other half wanders inland through native wetlands and desert vegetation. Long hitters will enjoy this golf course, which stretches to more than 7,000 yards. The Nicklaus team designed a challenging layout but the rugged terrain also deserves credit. They utilized not only the natural hazards but also the stunning views, which are as varied as the challenges. Every hole is framed by a backdrop of the desert, mountains, or sea. The signature hole is the par-3 sixth. On this tough hole you'll be met with a series of waterways that sits between the tees and the green complex, where four bunkers are also lurking.
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The Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Puerto Peñasco
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7210 yards 74.7 140
Blue 72 6639 yards 72.4 134
White 72 6383 yards 71.0 130
Gold 72 5475 yards 66.9 116
Red 72 5180 yards 70.3 121
Scorecard for Puerto Peñasco
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: 74.9/143 474 551 412 180 425 180 540 344 433 3539 481 400 560 458 183 400 443 184 562 3671 7210
Blue M: 72.6/139 421 530 388 170 393 154 495 308 408 3267 444 360 520 425 171 369 410 172 501 3372 6639
White M: 71.4/135 W: 72.2/125 392 518 375 150 380 150 487 295 391 3138 412 345 508 417 158 357 357 169 490 3213 6351
Gold W: 70.5/123 336 400 298 115 328 120 408 233 329 2567 308 241 482 320 117 312 308 125 400 2613 5180
Handicap 17 5 1 11 13 15 7 3 9 18 10 6 2 8 14 12 16 4
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 36 4 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2006
Fairways Salam Seashore Paspalum
Greens Salam Seashore Paspalum
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2006) Jack Nicklaus, Jr. (2006) Chet Williams (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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4.8
68

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Conditions Excellent
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Outstanding golf course

Three golf courses in Puerto Peñasco. This is the best, by far. Difficult course, pretty long even from the white tees (6,389)! The course plays long with many elevated greens and up slopes. Many of the holes are along the Sea of Cortez and wind is another factor when playing here. It is a fantastic layout and this course rivals any of the courses in Cabo. Nice restaurant, friendly staff and a must play course if you are in the area.

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

Excellent golf course

More views of water than any of the courses in Cabo. Difficult Nicklaus golf course in excellent condition. Great greens and wonderful topography make this a “must play”golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A gem in the desert

I was on a road trip from San Diego to Phoenix when I remembered this course. Worth the diversion.

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

Excellent golf course

This Nicklaus golf course was in great shape. The cost to play was really great considering the many views of the Sea of Cortez and the significant number of holes running adjacent to the water. Will definitely be playing this course again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Phenominal

One of the best courses I have ever played. What a beautiful course, in great condition and some of the nicest staff ever. 5 stars is not enough, Kudos Mr. Nicklaus. Can't wait to play it again.

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
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A must play

Perfect playing conditions! All you can handle from the blue tees. Forget the black tees unless you can average 275 off the tee

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Nichlaus at Puerto Penasco

EXCELLENT Course -- one of the best I have ever played.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Rhe most beautiful course in Rocky Point.

A must play while you're visiting Rocky Point. The course is challenging with decent elevation changes. The right mix of par 3,4 and 5s. Beautiful course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
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
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Beautiful but tough

Beautiful course on the Sea of Cortez. My wife really liked it but I found it difficult and the course conditions to be inconsistent. I know it was 'out of season' but many of the fairways had been recently punched and we had multiple bare very muddy lies. It also appears they don't cut the grass on a regular basis as there were piles of clippings everywhere and the rough was punitive. Rough around bunkers was 10-12' deep.The greens were in excellent condition. Course did not play like a 'resort' course. Even from the white tees, I felt the course played very long. There are several holes on the Sea of Cortez which were beautiful. As a twosome, we played in 3 hours but when we went in for lunch at 11:30, we were told that the restaurant didn't open until noon. Unless I was staying at the Mayan Palace (which we weren't), I'm not sure I would play here again.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing views

The course was in great shape and the views were absolutely amazing!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Puerto Oenasco Golf

Great course in great condition. Very challenging, play a tee box up from your normal game and you will be OK. Ocean on one side and estuary on the other, the views are fantastic.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

As good as it gets

Ocean course with great views and finely manicured fairways and greens. What a course!! Pretty tough track for average golfer. Do yourself a favor and play shorter tees.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Excellent golf course

Beatiful golf course, with a nice challenging layout. Some holes are a blind shot, which makes it very interesting. Unfortunately the greens don’t give a true roll. They are a little slow, but other than that this a must play course if you are visiting the area. Will come and play it again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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