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4.0
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3.9
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
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4.2
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66 out of 68 reviews
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3.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Executive
Par 54
Length 2923 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Nicklaus Par Three Experience at Vidanta Riviera Maya (formerly known as El Manglar Golf Club at Vidanta Riviera Maya) is a par 3 Jack Nicklaus masterpiece. The contrast that exists with the colors of this course gives it a natural Caribbean beauty - its bunkers with radiating white sand, the lakes surrounded by natural stones, area part of the game, and the type of green used on this course’s greens blend your target with the outlying weeds, making it a challenge to make par.

The beauty, the nature and the timelessness of this golf course will not only challenge, but inspire you. Lakes accompany you throughout twelve of the course’s holes, the native vegetation of the Mayan Jungle is your natural enemy and spectator and will distract you. This is all part of the challenge to win and determines the time you spend in the game. Also the design of the greens reflects history since it is constructed with styles found half of century ago.

Donut hole description. The spectacular 17th hole is characterized by its great degree of difficulty. Besides having two bunkers, one at each end, it also has a bunker in the center of the green which makes it unique to its kind. Additionally, the green is in the middle of the lake which makes it very difficult to make the covered par.

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Course Details

Year Built 2003
Fairways Bermuda 419 Grass
Greens Tifdwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Nicklaus (2003) Greg Letsche (2003)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Proper golfing attire required

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Lodging

Lodging Available

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Showers, Lockers

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Mexico (2018 #11)

Reviews

4.1
68 Reviews (68)
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Felt Like Playing a Muni, Not a Resort Course

Let me start by saying that I love the concept of a 18 hole par 3 course that will force you to use just about every club in your bag off the tee at least once. Even the driver comes out on the 13th hole, that can play close to 300 yards from the back tees.

The course description hails it’s “Pearly white sand traps, natural stone outcroppings, and deep blue water features. In actuality that couldn’t be much further from the truth. The bunkers were more tan than white, very inconsistent with regards to the amount of sand in it, and there wasn’t a rake in sight (but the local I played with said they had them up until 3 months ago). The lakes were dark and filled with algae, the greens look like they had been burnt out and in a few places you could see they were trying to repair diseased edges.

The staff was friendly at the check in but the marshall and cart girl were inattentive. It took us over 3.5 hours to play, which would be great on par 72, but for a par 54 that’s a little long. (I played Iberostar a day earlier at the same time, and we finished in just over 3 hours.).

Like I said earlier, I think the concept and course design are great but it really felt like I was playing a muni course not a resort course. I was also disappointed that there are no slope or rating available for the course.

Not sure I’d play it again but I would recommend it to people who are looking for a fun challenge that is relatively inexpensive.

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

Alot of fun

Alot of challenging holes...layout and grounds are amazing. Had lunch.after at the Green Break...amazing food and staff..highly commend

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
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
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

Challenging par 3 from the blacks!

The course is a lot of fun. There are a few holes that are very tough par 3's over water and one that plays 280 yards. The only issue were some of the bunkers need sand and some of the greens were recently plugged. Otherwise it was in great shape and it's a blast to play!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
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
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging Par 3 Course like No Other

Put aside your preconceptions of what a Par 3 course is. Having 3 holes of PGA length, and plenty of hazards to avoid, this course will test more than your wedges. Well run, with the best crew around, Hola Josue !

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wet

The course was a nice Par 3 course. It was wet and lots of puddles. It was challenging but playable.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Friendly El Manglar

The crew anywhere in the Riviera Maya. Welcoming, friendly, efficient. Josue is the best

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Mr B

I didn’t enjoy a par 3 course. If I knew it was a par 3 before I paid I would not have played. Them find out it was cart path only which I didn’t enjoy

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
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 Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging course

Really fun from the black tees. A real challenge when the wind swirls - water on almost every hole.

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

Par 3 delight

This is a fabulous, challenging par 3 layout. It doesn't feel like you are playing a par 3 course.

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

Best par 3 course you will ever play

Have played this course since 2016. Conditions vary depending on time of year, but generally very good. Some sand traps are a little pr boy but most are in great shape. From the black tees the course is a great challenge. The layout is beautiful. Lots of water and traps. Excellent landing areas to practice your short game. Staff Are very friendly. Book on golf now to get a good rate.

Drawbacks - you may run in to non-golfer tourists in flip flops - it’s a resort course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

The course was in beautiful shape. For a par 3, it was very challenging and very well maintained.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Extremely fun course

Not very often you will find a par 3 that challenges a regular golfer. This course was a real surprise. It is like a full size course shrunk down, all the challenges remain. A great layout, lots of water and wildlife. I’d recommend this course to any one at any skill level

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Par three but very tough

Jack Nicklaus created a wonderful course. There is major water on 3/4 of the course with little relaxation between the toughness. Bogies are very doable pars less so and birdies few. For a par three there were several drivable holes with lots of wind in the face. Risk/Reward is present in much of the course. I played after a day of hard rain which made the sand traps eroded and packed. They should have been racked. Overall it was a very enjoyable 18.

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