The Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Puerto Penasco

4.7848529412 4.8 stars from 5 (53)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7210 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 74.7
  • Layout

  • Km 24, Carr Penasco-Caborca A2, Ejido Miramar, Puerto Penasco, Sonora, 83550
  • 01 (866) 231-4423, 01 (638) 383-0400, 01 (638) 383-0443
  • vidanta.com/destinations/puerto-penasco
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Year built: 2006
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (2006), Jack Nicklaus, Jr. (2006)
Type: Resort
Style: Links
Greens: Sea Isle 2000
Fairways: Paspallum Variedad Salam

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Jack Nicklaus and his son teamed up to design the course at The Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Puerto Penasco (formerly known as 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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 53 Reviews
5 stars:
44
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

51 out of 53 reviews


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"Puerto Oenasco Golf"


Mark9021512's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
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Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



jamm68's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"As good as it gets"


u000005904576's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
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Reviewed on

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.


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


"Excellent golf course"


raleon's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Scott5154232's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
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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


"Great track"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time we played this course this week - and will play it again tomorrow. By far this is the best course in Penasco. Course was in excellent condition and not busy at all - probably because of the time of year. Good practice facility with comp. balls. On course hostess was very friendly and attentive. Greens were a little slow but rolled true. Regular green fees are $125, but we got it for $53 through golf now.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"May be the worlds hidden gem"


vette454's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Oceanside beauty with flawless conditioning.Its got the "oh wow" holes.Ocean views throughout the course and many holes on the beach.The 2 of us were the only players on course and the staff had washed my car by the time we finished playing.Check out the artwork in the on course restrooms.Maintenence has not declined in the 7 years we've been here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A MUST PLAY"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
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First off I have to say the course is a must play. We played this course twice. It was our First visit to rocky point for wife and I. We stayed at the grand mayan(also incredible) and our room was on the 15th hole of the course. They shuttled us over and the enjoyment began. The bag drop guys, Jose and Sergio, were very nice and got us set up on the cart. Checked in at pro shop. There is a six dollar each extra Mexico tax charge but course is well worth it. Wife and I teed off in 25mph winds. Best advice I can give is pick the appropriate tee boxes. Course can be tough especially throwing in the wind. I see, as I am in the golf business in Phoenix, way too many people play the wrong tees then complain the course is tough. This Nicklaus course is lush so don't plan on much roll on your tee shots. Now to the course. Everything was manicured. Tee boxes, fairways, and greens were plush. So many great holes not even counting the Ocean side holes that are so scenic. I would definitely play the course twice. There are a few blind holes and a few holes you are not sure on distance of hazards off tee box. I played one tee box up from the tips. The course is very challenging from there which is what I like. My wife played the senior tees which are by the ladies and the course is much easier from there. After our round we had a delicious lunch on the deck which had another great view. Final note: I have been golfing for over 37 years and played all over(Scotland, Hawaii, ect) and this course is in my Top 3 not counting the great value. The views are incredible, but again just make sure u pick the appropriate tee boxes so u can enjoy this course to the fullest.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wind Blown"


Joe6285794's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
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Reviewed on

Despite the howling winds coming off the Sea of Cortez, we love this course. Great shape, great service!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
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Reviewed on

Always a great time playing this beaitiful course right on the gulf!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Amazing"


Shypoke55's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2018
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Reviewed on

This course is a real challenge wide fairways with lots of bunkers!! Greens roll fast and true and the ocean views are incredible!! We have played here 3 times now and we highly recommend it!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"too hard"


judithhinds's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Jack Nicolas and his dam sand traps. The course is very long 6400 for the guys. Not too many people play golf in the area of Mexico so pace of play was perfect.

Wish the weather was warmer. It was windy and 65....cool for this time of year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course



Bbrown3180's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course for the price

A definite play when in Puerto Peñasco


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



AEBBJB's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Most beautiful course ever for me. Second to Maui


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Must play"


u000008111817's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a must play course, challenging, great views,

friendly staff.

I will definitely be back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



dskiefer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Championship layout"


uncletio's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fantastic course but with deadly consquenses if you are off the fairways.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great course must play"


u000007375058's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

About 9 holes on the water. Great course layout, definitely not boring. Must play with a great price!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful and Difficult"


lorenhaas's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/12/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Stunning course, well maintained, great greens . . . very challenging, and certainly not for the meek . . . bring balls and patience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful"


u000006249104's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The weather was perfect for a great day of golf on this beautiful course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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