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4.5
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.6
89.6%
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255 out of 289 reviews
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4.8
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4.8
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.8
91.7%
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4.7
47 Reviews (47)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.8
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 72
Length 7204 yards
Slope 143
Rating 75.3
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PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1987
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1987)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "PGA WEST Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required.

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Reviews

4.5
289 Reviews (289)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
Patio Dining 23
19th Hole Scenic Views 17
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 44
Water Hazards 34
Forced Carries 21
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 39
A Weekend Splurge 20
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 15
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 24
At a Resort 14
Convenient to the City 11

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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
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
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

As You Like It

The Nicholas Tournament Course is a great test of golf but but can still be a fun 18 for the higher handicap player. The course has multiple tee boxes so you can play the distance and slope that fits your game. the layout is a good combination of straight forward golf holes and challenging risk reward holes. The price can be a bit daunting but the chance to tee it up where the pros play is worth the expense. If you are heading to the desert, this is a must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

One of my favourites!

Nicklaus Tournament Course never fails to disappoint me! This is my 4th time playing this course and it gets better every round! Even with the cart path only rule and slower greens, it is still my “must play” while visiting. It is one of the higher priced green fees for visitors but still worth it. Watch for deals!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nicklaus Tournament

Rode the Blues (6522/72.2/134) in slightly over 4H, 45M early morning using Forelinx. Played up with Jim, Mark and Tom, on a winter golf vacation from Ohio. CPO. Being matched up with nice guys and good golfers made the slow round POP much more bearable. The weather was sunny, breezy and around 95.

The over seeded tees were lush and very nice to play from.

The over seeded fairways were lush and excellent to play from.

The Bermuda primary rough is mostly dormant, mowed low but still thick. The rough closer to the fairway is over seeded and very lush.

The plentiful sand traps were as immaculately maintained as I have ever experienced anywhere. Even all the waste bunkers were freshly raked and seemed to have better sand than 75% of the courses I have played.

The over seeded greens putted medium speed & were firm and somewhat bumpy.

The layout features mounds along the side of fairways, large/deep bunkers, several split fairways and some expansive sand waste bunkers. Nicklaus Tournament is one of the toughest chipping courses I have ever played because of the firm raised greens that are surrounded by steep banks on 2 or more sides on almost every hole. It came out of over seeding in better shape than Stadium.

The cart gal was out making the rounds numerous times. Excellent customer service from everyone. Plenty of water stations on the course. Good GPS on the carts. Nice all grass range that was busy today. Definitely recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Reseeding

Walked 5 miles because of course reseeding. Make sure your in good shape to make it up and down hills

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times 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
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
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
First Time Playing
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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough Track

Mr. Nicklaus has really junked up this layout with huge morals and dangerous drop offs. For older golfers there are better options in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
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
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the best designs in the desert.

Love to play where the pros play! This course is in perfect condition and the layout is challenging. Several holes where you must think your way through, others that are just downright fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great golf experience

Course was in good condition, I had great weather for end of May so the rye overseeding was still prevalent. Course layout was as expected, condition was good too. The staff was excellent, overall it was cool to play a PGA West course.

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

Guys weekend out

Made you feel welcome and appreciated!

Thank you

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

What a Great Experience

This was my first time at PGA West although I have seen the courses on TV. We chose the Nicklas course which was way better than we had hoped. Even driving in to the clubhouse was beautiful. Service was outstanding and the amenities were fabulous. The course was amazing, pleasing and straight-forward to the eye but requiring a keen eye and knowledge of your game to negotiate successfully. A great challenge as well as a beautiful setting. Highly rwcommend.

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

Spectacular!

This course is one of the best! Looking forward to playing g it again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
California Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Tough!

This is the 2nd of the two "public" courses at PGA West (Stadium is the other). Even though it's a Nicklaus course it kind of feels like a Pete Dye design. Some very challenging holes ( note: I played the back tees), with some scorable par 4s and 5s, greens aren't too undulating. Course was in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Misses the mark

Practice range:
- Not enough green grass to hit off. Need to move ropes throughout the day.
- Hitting slots too crammed together. Need to be spaced out a little more. Gets pretty busy as it serves the Stadium course too.

Pace of play:
- 10 minute delay to start
- 5+ hour round
- No Marshall

Course:
- Layout is awkward requiring strange back and forth through the golf community.
- Signage is poor in a couple of spots
- Every single hole/fairway surrounded by homes
- Fairways relatively narrow requiring fairly straight shot (or OB in someone’s house).
- Massive long and deep bunkers on every hole (both in fairways and around greens).
- Most of the greens narrow and/or elevated and require extreme precision approach shots.
- Greens speed medium
- A few challenging water holes

Overall impression:
- I think these courses (stadium and Niklaus) are very popular due to the yearly PGA Tour event. Everyone wants to play where the pros play. However, the course is too difficult for most golfers, especially if it’s your first time. That’s probably why rounds are too slow.
- In terms of beauty or uniqueness, I didn’t find it to be anything special. It actually felt contrived. My least favorite course out of 6 others I tried on this trip.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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