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4.5
278 Reviews (278)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
10
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.4
88.0%
Recommend this course
244 out of 278 reviews
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4.6
35 Reviews (35)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.8
88.6%
Recommend this course
31 out of 35 reviews
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4.6
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
39
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.7
89.5%
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51 out of 57 reviews
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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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 7204 yards 75.3 143
Championship 72 6522 yards 72.2 134
Combo 72 6224 yards 70.8 130
Regular 72 6061 yards 70.0 128
Regular (W) 72 6061 yards 75.4 136
Gold 72 5627 yards 68.1 122
Gold (W) 72 5627 yards 73.1 131
Combo 72 5316 yards 71.5 123
Red (W) 72 5023 yards 70.1 120
Silver 72 4014 yards 60.5 101
Silver (W) 72 4014 yards 63.8 111
Scorecard for Nicklaus Tournament
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Tournament M: 75.3/143 412 444 192 549 364 462 527 172 461 3583 370 528 188 419 442 572 440 209 453 3621 7204
Championship M: 72.2/134 378 398 163 505 320 420 471 143 431 3229 330 490 164 378 381 516 423 180 431 3293 6522
Combo M: 70.8/130 W: 71.5/123 349 398 163 505 320 386 471 132 383 3107 330 490 155 338 381 472 368 180 403 3117 6224
Regular M: 70.0/128 W: 75.4/136 349 387 155 482 299 386 450 132 383 3023 318 480 155 338 339 472 368 165 403 3038 6061
Gold M: 68.1/122 W: 73.1/131 311 354 133 447 288 373 426 125 340 2797 283 449 116 323 330 462 348 131 388 2830 5627
Red M: 64.9/113 W: 70.1/120 273 322 120 414 225 342 391 92 335 2514 232 400 104 295 301 417 304 97 359 2509 5023
Silver M: 60.5/101 W: 63.8/111 218 249 119 322 173 281 328 74 268 2032 195 318 102 241 237 303 234 85 267 1982 4014
Handicap 3 11 15 13 5 7 17 9 1 14 18 10 8 16 6 4 12 2
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 15 17 3 5 7 11 13 1 14 10 16 8 12 2 6 18 4

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
278 Reviews (278)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 23
Patio Dining 22
19th Hole Scenic Views 16
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 43
Water Hazards 33
Forced Carries 20
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 38
A Weekend Splurge 19
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 15
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 23
At a Resort 13
Convenient to the City 10

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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
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
Top 500 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
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
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
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful track

Great course, immaculate playing conditions, lots of room off the tees. Played in 4.75 hours, play really slowed down after the first 6 holes but was still a good time. Probably my only complaint was the traps, not normal sand and it is a very thin layer., so no explosion shots can be played.

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

PGA WEST NICKLAUS Tournament Course

Good value for an afternoon of challenging golf. I am a senior 18 handicap and bit off more than I could handle on the white tees. Would recommend the shorter tees for seniors if you want to enjoy the round. Staff and facilities are top notch, providing a friendly environment. Your fault if you don’t enjoy the hospitality.

Conditions Good
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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

I have played this course multiple times and the course is always very challenging and very fair. It is very rewarding to make a par on this course. I look forward to the next time I get to play it.

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
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
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
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A Matter of Principle.

My experience with the server Mark B at the desk counter in the Pro Shop was less than desirable. He charged $219 to my credit card and I told him I had a GolfNow special promotion rate and to check in the system. He said I made the reservation directly with PGA West, which I did not. My GolfNow confirmation number 322902258 reflected a Special Promotion rate of $179 vrs PGA invoice 632038 rate of $219, a difference of $40. Rather than argue, I simply signed the invoice and walked away feeling a little disappointed with the experience. While it may be only $40, it’s a matter of principle. Notwithstanding, the course conditions were ideal, good pace of place, other staff very friendly and to that, I could only reflect a 3 star overall rating. Who knows, maybe a $40 credit could be extended, I doubt so.

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

Great, challenging course

The entire Coachella Valley was hit with heavy rains on Feb 14, 2019 but the course drained well and was in great condition. Tee boxes were well maintained. Good distinction between the fairway and rough. Challenging for all levels (I’m a 12 handicap). And greens rolled at about 9-10. Super great staff.

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

Just great all the way around

They treat you like a king (or queen)
The course is immaculate, challenging and beautiful. A true desert style - what more could you want?!

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