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43 Reviews (43)
5 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
3.4
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.3
74.1%
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33 out of 43 reviews
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3.6
13 Reviews (13)
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Conditions
3.8
Value
2.9
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
3.9
76.9%
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3.8
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Conditions
3.9
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Layout
4.2
Pace
4.0
Amenities
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3.9
70.6%
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About

Holes 9
Type Resort
Par 36
Length 3602 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Moon Spa & Golf Club is a 27-hole layout that holds the distinction of being the first Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in Cancun. The course is divided into three nines called Jungle, Lakes, and Dunes. The lush, rolling terrain of the Riviera Maya provides three distinct landscapes for each. The Lakes nine, as one would expect, features the most water of any of the three nines. Nicklaus deftly utilized the natural lakes and wetlands to create a challenging but playable layout. Strategically placed bunkers also come into play throughout and if you're not careful, you could lose a ball or several to the areas of jungle growth that border the fairways. All of the golf courses offer a fair test with four different sets of tees that make them more accessible.

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Course Details

Year Built 2002
Fairways Paspalum grass
Greens Paspalum grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2002) Greg Letsche (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Moon Palace Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Locker Rooms

Accolades

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4.1
43 Reviews (43)

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Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 7
Bunkers 6
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 6
Playing Multiple Courses 6
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 6
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 7

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Terrible value for money - spend your time elsewhere

The course itself was fairly maintained, but nothing special.

1. They do not provide transportation with the tee time through GolfNow, which leaves you at the mercy of taxis (which can charge up to $50 one way depending on your hotel location).
2. Upon arrival at the course, we were told that we would be playing the same 9-hole layout (jungle) twice because of a tournament that was happening. There was no mention of the tournament beforehand, and no efforts by the staff to provide a refund or any other considerations.
3. Golf balls are extremely overpriced ($135 for a box of pro v1s), and staff periodically go through the course to pick up lost balls in order to encourage golfers to buy more balls at the shop. If you are planning a round here, bring plenty of your own balls!
4. Starter was incredibly rude when I asked to accommodate a back 9 on a separate track, going so far as to blame me for not waiting the hour between 9's for the tournament to end.
5. Course condition is good, but not good value for the money. We only saw a beverage cart once the entire round.
Skip this course and use the money elsewhere - if you are planning to spend $300 for a morning tee time, go to Mayakoba instead. Even with the discounted GolfNow rate for an afternoon time, Riviera Cancun is far better. Given the chance, I would've played Riviera twice instead of trying Moon Spa.

If you are set on playing Moon Spa, try to confirm the round for Dunes/Lakes beforehand.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

No shuttle... 10 minute ride, taxi costs $120 USD.

No shuttle service. Taxi for 10 minute ride $120 USD.

GOLF NOW... canceled same day within 5 minutes of booking. Still waiting for refund.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 42
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Played the Jungle & Dunes Course

If you've booked directly at the Moon Palace resort and paid the $300 rack fee for a morning play, then it's poor value for your money (unless you've gotten free $1,500 hotel credits from attending the time share talk) as the 2 next door golf courses; the El Tinto Golf in Cancun Country Club and the Riviera Cancun Golf Resort which we had played back to back are great courses and i paid less than $80 for each.

What i don't like; All their sand bunkers are clumpy/ lacking sand and has lots of stones and gravel. Beside, the greens which had close strategic bunkers are most frustrating to putt due the the lifted stones and gravel that flew into the greens.

They have 3 -9s ...don't miss the Dunes as it has lots of signature holes. All in all, the greens and fairways conditions are good.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Overpriced in Cancun

Cons:
Value not there at $300/player. At best the value is there in the $130-140 range. No ice in cooler or water and range closed gave us the wrong first impression. No GPS in cart! Carts not turned on. It seemed like starter and staff were disorganized. No marshals on course to monitor play. Took threesome in front of us to play the 1sr hole in 15 minutes. No beverage cart on course. It’s all inclusive, but you really have one station between #4 Jungle and #16 Lakes to get drinks and sandwiches. The course: Patchy greens on the Jungle side specifically#1, #2, #3 and #4 was being top dressed. The greens are not consistent on the Jungle side but some what better on the Lake side. Not at all impressed with Moon palace.
Pros:
Food and drink station bartender super great and friendly.
Sports Bar after golf was ok but lacks in choices of beer, liquor is not premium for sure. All Inclusive??? Food ok but not hot.
Take your money to Riviera Cancun Golf, just bought by Hard Rock Casinos.
Feel like am a complainer but if the rate is $300/player am expecting a 1st golf course with awesome amenities.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bring balls...

It's a great course. As far as all inclusive, it's better than most! Out of the 3 courses I've played in the last three days...this one was most challenging but had best amenities.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
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

Nice golf experience

The course, pro shop and restaurant are great. Maybe another snack will be good.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
4.0
First Time Playing

Staff sucked

Booked through golf now instead of directly though the course. Staff was a little rude when I checked in, once they found out I booked through golf now.

Got outside, starter was great. Bartender on the course was great.

There were also two guys at the little cart hut that I coulda done without, pretty rude.

I won’t get too much into the weeds on the ride conversations, all I’ll say is it is by far the worst I’ve ever been treated while spending multiple hundreds of dollars for golf. Still a great course, had a great time while golfing. But I wouldn’t go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course, but overpriced

There’s no doubt it’s a beautiful and fun track, but the bunkers were a travesty. For $300, I expected bunkers that had decent sand, not rocks and mud. I was in them more than I’d like to admit and more than half the time there wasn’t even a rake. Aside from the horrible bunkers, the staff was fantastic and friendly and the fairways, tee boxes and greens were in great condition. The free refreshments between Jungle and Lakes was a really nice touch.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Cenotes as hazards! Drinks and lunch are included!

Service: The staff was nothing but amazing! First class MVP all the way! From the chica that checked me in to the cart chico who took the rental clubs and did the count, they were all amazing! $300 is their normal rack rate, and yes that is steep but ALL golf in Mexico is stupid expensive. Using the golf now deal I played for $250 with rentals* and I would like to point out that everything is included in your grees fees. Cart, greens fees, pratice balls, drinks, snacks, and lunch(turn or after). I asked of this was for ever golfer and they said it was. I was shocked! They have these cortesía houses and you can get all the snacks and drinks you want. I got loads of snacks, six maragritas(doubles, they were club sized), and six beers that I took home/shared with my taxi driver.

The course: They have three nines and used that to their advantage to space out play. I did not see another golfer till #17! Play Dunes & Lakes. The fairways do NOT run at all! So many times I came to my ball and the impact mark was right there. Some guys at the turn confirmed this as did the cart chicos. This and the wind makes this place play long! Beautiful course! Mexico has this rock sand they get from the ocean. It has shells and stuff in the mix. This makes bunker play VERY difficult! Club up to get out of the bunkers. The greens were like carpets and rolled true IMO. Loads lf wildlife too! Bring your camera/charge your phone!

*The Bad: my rentas were Epics from a.few years ago and they needed to be regripped, the entire bag! My putter was shameful how bad the grip was. The only other issue I had was their yardage, no posts on one of the nines I played and the yardage on the sprinkler yardage was WAY off! A major area for improvement but that is about it.

If you are complaining that golf is too expensive on vacation in Mexico than you should pick a new sport or stick to goat tracks. Mayacobar is $400+$80 in rentals and they charge for riders! Now that is expensive!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
First Time Playing

Not worth the money

The staff is overworked, the course is overbooked and even showing up an hour early with my own clubs it still turned into a rush just to get to the first tee. Be warned that it is a resort club offering free play to guests. They do zero to insure you play with similar skilled players. This is usually not a big deal untill you get paired with someone who has never played befor a shoots a 120. This makes for a very long, boring day. The course itself is ok. Tee boxes pretty rough, fairways were great, bunkers are mostly gravel that we decided to not even play out of since they were so. The greens are ok but covered in said gravel from previous bunker shots. We had to use the bunker rakes to clear the green. The drunk guy riding around with his shirt off could have been the highlight of the day (course has free beers and drinks). I’m not uppity, but for $300 you just expect it to be better.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 47
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth EVERY penny

First time in Cancun and I wanted to experience the best golf course and I was not disappointed. From the time you arrive till the time you leave the service is top notch and the grounds are immaculate. I played in the afternoon to save money and get the unlimited so I could play all 3 nines and it was perfect. The Dunes was my personal favorite, it felt like every single hole was a “signature hole”. The wildlife was spectacular and the course conditions, especially tees and greens were absolutely flawless. I can’t wait to come back again.

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