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Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
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Pace
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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

Reviews

4.1
81 Reviews (81)
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Handicap 20-24
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Perfect weather
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Excellent

First time playing a par 3. Most enjoyable, surprisingly challenging and very helpful in understanding the whole game of golf.
Course was a real treat. Picturesque, great condition, lots of fun and unique hazards.
I would recommend this course to anyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun Par 3

Fun Par 3, decent greens, hassle to arrive though. park/ taxi to a tram that takes you to/from the course. Allow an extra 20 minutes

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
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 Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

3 and 4 time playing

this is the first course we play when we are in the Myan area. about every year to two years. We love it here. if i want to challlange myself as i am not a long ball hitter i go off the black tees. other wise the Blue tee box suits me. If i am not hitting a straight ball i have left a few in the water. we found the greens short and fast compared to our greens in Canada. made some adjustments and kept most of the putting to one or two. cannot wait to go back and play it again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not Your Father's Par 3

Not what you would think of a Par 3 golf course. Great challenge and variety of layout. Will play again.

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

Good par 3 course

The course and the experience was good, but the cost of everything else was expensive.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Par 3 Heaven

Jack Nicklaus design. Bring your A game to play from the back tees. #12 #13 and #14 are the best 3 consecutive holes. The donut hole #17 requires a perfect shot. The finishing hole is an island green that is all carry. Wife and I play this course because of the challenge, course condition and the staff and they don’t disappoint. Tip: If you download the Vidanta app they will do discounted rates from 6:30am to 8:49 am that includes golf clubs for $50. The rentals clubs are AP1s.

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
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Par 3 Course and conditions

Was NOT told the course was a par 3 course with rock and gravel Fairways. The Greens were terrible!!!
I paid 40 round trips for a taxi to and fro

Terrible experience to fly all the way from Dallas to Mexico and pay $100

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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 7
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
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