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4.6
316 Reviews (316)
5 Stars
176
4 Stars
105
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
92.3%
Recommend this course
280 out of 316 reviews
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4.4
5 Reviews (5)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
1
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1
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0
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.0
Value
4.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
80.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 5 reviews
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4.7
38 Reviews (38)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
2
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0
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.8
94.7%
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36 out of 38 reviews
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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) Rick Jacobson

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.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in California (2019 #30) (2014 #24)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2019 #15)

Reviews

4.6
316 Reviews (316)

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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Reviews 5
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3.0
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First Time Playing

Good layout

Greens rock hard
Greens sandy
Lots of brown grass
Grass in bunkers
Some bunkers rock hard

Really not acceptable for a premier course. Local muni conditions at a premium price.

Desert willows in much better condition.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 780
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nick Tournament

Rode the Blues (6522/72.2/134) in slightly over 4H twilight on a GN Hot Deal. Played with Temeculalowshooter, thanks for the round Daniel! First day since May the high was under 100 out here, 95, low humidity and a slight breeze felt downright comfortable. Air quality improved from a few days ago, no problem today. Decent late summer conditions, a little scruffy around the edges. But a huge step down from prime over seeded pristine playing conditions.

Bermuda tees had decent coverage and were okay to play from.

Bermuda fairways were semi lush but all had some bare areas.

Bermuda primary rough was mowed low but still thick with good coverage.

Plentiful sand traps had decent sand but were not very well maintained. No way all those foot prints were from just today.

Bermuda greens putted medium speed with few ball marks. Very firm and consistent from green to green.

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

Nicklaus Tournament features mounds along the sides of fairways, large/deep bunkers, several split fairways and some expansive sand waste bunkers. Raised greens where irons barely off line or short can be in collection areas where the green is well above the golfer.
Recommended.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Course Closed due Corona virus.

Didn’t get to play due corona virus course closure.

Played On
Reviews 44
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

PGA West Tournament Course

I was surprised when I checked in to hear hole 14 was closed due to water issues but the course reduced the greens fees accordingly which absolutely softened the blow. As always the greens were perfect and fairways well manicured. Were it not for the hole closure this is a five star course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Day of Golf but started off a little shaky

We arrived at the course around 10:45, checked in with the pro shop and then went to grab breakfast/brunch at Ernie’s. We were disappointed to find out that we could only order from the lunch menu. The food and service was very good though. One of players had to rent clubs and had a very uncomfortable experience one of the workers. He brought out a set of women’s right handed clubs instead of the men’s left handed that had been ordered and paid for. Reluctantly the worker agreed to bring out the men’s left handed clubs.
One of the carts we used had bad brakes and the starter quickly changed out our cart for one that worked much better. Our only complaint about the course was the lack of sand in some of the bunkers. Sometimes it felt like you were hitting off concrete. Otherwise the course was in great shape and the pace of play was 4 hours.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mountain oasis

Beautiful layout in nice condition. Challenging but fair. Look forward to playing again soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice but skie

My recommendation is that you play golf at any of the PGA West horses in the morning. We played nine holes and then it slowed down and wait on every shot and there’s no reason for that there’s people hitting balls in the water and they’re taking forever to get them out and nobody’s really policing it.

iT is resort course. The stadium course is more difficult as far as the par three’s and more challenging.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Great course layout, they need to put more sand in the bunkers. Very hard

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent course

Nice challenging but fair. Greens rolled true. Course was in excellent condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
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
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Nicklaus does a wonderful job laying out the course. Definitely challenging but fair. One of my favorite courses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Nicklaus Course

Watched this course during the AmEx tournament and it looked hard. Played today from the blue tees and it is not as penal as it looks. Very interesting course in great condition. Only stopped 2 times and played in 3.5 hours. Will say it was Super Bowl day, but loved the surroundings and will definitely play again. Just don't short side yourself here- it will be a long day if you do.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 35
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Keep it in the green

Challenging course, if you keep the ball in play you’re fine, if not, you will have a tough day. Deep bunkers everywhere, elevated greens Nicklaus style, plenty f water. An enjoyable day if you’re up to a good challenge. In great condition. Being an extra sleeve and take an extra club on approach shots.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

PGA west

The tournament course is always fun and difficult to play. The course is always in excellent condition. It is my favorite course in the Coachella Valley.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 780
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nick Tournament

Rode the Blues (6522/72.2/134) in 4H, 25M twilight using Forlinx. Basically play 18 in the dark to finish. Played up with Leiz, Steve and Scott, all snowbirds. The weather was sunny, breezy and in the low 80's.

Nicklaus Tournament features mounds along the side of fairways, large/deep bunkers, several split fairways and some expansive sand waste bunkers. Raised greens where irons barely off line or short can be in collection area where the green is well above the golfer. Barely a week after the PGA Tour was here, I expected immaculate conditions and was not dissapointed.

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 very well maintained.

The over seeded greens putted medium fast speed, smooth and firm.

The cart gal was out making the rounds numerous times. Very good 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 Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Arrogant Marshall

On the short par 5th, my grandson was waiting for the green to clear. Marshall drove up to us and "yelled......what are you doing"? I replied "being respectful".
I asked his name and he said Stan. I said, ok Aussie, hit the ball and if you hit them we'll say Stan said to hit the ball.
He drove the ball about 3' short of the green and it rolled back 6'. The couple with us said "Stan had a little fear in his eyes when he watched the long drive.

ALL other staff were great. Send Stan to PR school or fire him.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun round

The course is in great shape for the American Express Tournament! Fairways are perfect and greens were running about 12 today. Definitely had fun today! Nice job by all.

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