Moon Spa & Golf Club - Lakes Course
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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|White M: 71.1/129 W: 78.3/147||380||478||348||528||395||157||375||119||373||3153||6260|
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Food & BeverageSnacks, Restaurant
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Locker Rooms
Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Mexico
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.
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.
So it’s my birthday again and I’m in .Cancun. So of course I go and play Moon Palace which I played on my birthday a few years ago.
Unfortunately , Coviid has freaked out everyone and I have a PGA level golf course almost entirely to myself.
I’m an decent golfer 16-18 , and I play all three nines in about four hours.
Nice Birthday !
Bring Swim Fins
Presently inundated with rainwater call for conditions next two months
Bring Swim Fins
Usually a wonderful track now inundated with rainwater( like it’s neighbor to the north Riviera Maya Golf and south Myokoba). Call first for course conditions next two months
Overall, I would rate the courses at Moon Palaces as EXCELLENT. We played all 3 nine holes...the Jungle , Dunes and Lakes 3 times... Nice layout and somehow challenging. We played from the white . Fairways, greens, rough, and tee boxes were in impeccable shape. Traps were tough but very nice, .this is a must play course if you are staying at Moon Palace.
We brought our own shoes, balls and gloves and clubs . Bring your own balls. Buying is expensive
golf unlimited instead of room credits to cover the greens fees, but you will have to pay for the cart US $38).
no GPS. Buy a yardage book at the pro shop for US $3.
Courses was a bit crowded.
Disclosure: I ot to play this as comp for attending a ownership presentation.
Beautiful facility but if you where to pay for this course then you can get far better value. A course of this statue should have gps avail or yardage books at the very least provided.
This can be a very challenging course if you do not play the yardage to you cap. I've layer here before but my son had not and he lost over 10 balls!
Plenty of refreshments stations on the course and everything is included with your green fee.
Rental clubs were he latest Callawys and in very good condition - just needed getting used to (I'm a Cobra guy)
The biggest surprise for us was the lunch afterwards - the very best Mexican fare we have experienced on our 16 day vacation - really really excellent.
So, play within your cap, stay patient and take LOTS of golf balls with you
Peace & Love.
Moon Palace Golf Review
First, my background. I am an avid golfer from the U.S., a member at a private club and a 12 HC. We played on May 2, 2017. Overall, I would rate the courses at Moon Palaces as EXCELLENT. We played the Dunes and Lakes. Incredible layout and very challenging. We played from the blues (6,600 yds). Fairways, greens, rough, and tee boxes were in impeccable shape. Traps were pretty rough. Sand was very hard, almost like clay. However, this is a must play course if you are staying at Moon Palace.
We brought our own shoes, balls and gloves. Rented clubs (US $42). Bring your own balls. Buying a dozen on site will cost $80-$120.
You can use room credits to cover the greens fees, but you will have to pay the taxes (US $40).
Load up on waters before heading out...only two beverage stations are located on the course.
There is no GPS. Buy a yardage book at the pro shop for US $3.
We were a 3-some and our round took 4.5 hours. Course was not overly crowded. It was just a tough layout that took time to play.
Jack had a blast designing these 9 holes... WOW!
My review for Dunes is simple... the toughest of the 3 nines at Moon Palace but fun to play for the intermediate to advanced player. The design is fantastic and the yardage is underestimated by a long shot.
Have fun!!! This one is well worth it.
Course is nice, management is a disaster
We booked a tee time for 2:30, showed up to play and with no warning, they moved our time to 4:06. At this point we got a little upset and tried reasoning with first the woman behind the desk and then with the starter. The starter lied to us and told us he could get us on at 3:30 for sure and maybe even earlier. 3:30 rolls around we approach him he says he'll call us when he's ready. At 4:15 we finally tee off. By this time there's not enough daylight left over to play the whole round.. After paying for such an expensive round, I would expect better. And it seemed like most golfers there were having similar issues.. I will never go back again
No towels, no Ts, no score card, no pencils, very few and poor quality rakes in the sand bunkers. A course like this at home for half the price would be out of business in two months. Someone tell Jack!!!
Add to your list to play!
Nicklaus designed this course well. I played the Dunes and Lakes . A nice blend of holes weaved through tropical vegetation with well positioned deep white sand bunkers and lakes very much in play. Caution: Cancun time changed 2/1/15, your "real" starting time will be an hour later than you planned. The starter did his best to get off as soon as possible, however starting at 2:30PM local time just allowed for enough time to finish before dark! You will be glad you played here. If you do not get a discounted rate I would play Iberostar Pariso which I believe is a better value and just another 15 minutes further by car from Cancun.
I strongly recommend the course, particularly if you get a discount on GolfNow... it's truly all inclusive, so the sandwiches and beers and range balls are free. Great service.
Very well laid out course except long backup on par 3s
Great Golf at the Moonn
I am a VIP member of palace resorts, have played the golf course since it opened in 2003. It is a great golf course, you can get unlimited golf with your stay by giving up your resort credit and just paying cart fees of 29 dollars a day. Our golf trip last year was first we had rain and this course can take a ton of it and still be playable. I am a 6 handicap and play the blue tees. The hardest of the 3 nines is Dunes, then River, then Jungle. The staff can be a little difficult to communicate with, the employees at the golf course speak very little English, but enough to get it done. Moon Palace is my favorite resort of the Palace resorts. I recommend you take your next golf trip there, you will love it!
Slow pace of play!!!
They overbook this course!! Way too packed with people. Nice condition, but greens are a bit slow. Nice if you want to play a 6 hour round. Saw some nice wildlife, coati and small crocodiles. Coati are very aggressive and take food out of your cart though. Unlimited food and drinks was a plus and needed this to pass the time with the slow play. Mosquitoes are very bad at dusk. Leave before this time or get eaten alive! Course is super expensive unless you book the 2:30 tee time, which is $70. Before or after this time is $170-$250, which is a joke. I booked 2 tee times but did not play the 2nd day because of the experience the first day.
Tough Nicklaus course here just south of Cancun
A little background:
Played this in off-season of October
Played late in the day and got Great discount (HotDeal) from GolfNow. Brought my own clubs.
This is an All-Inclusive GC. Meaninging they will fill your cooler repeaditly and they have palapa's out on course for top shelf drinks and refresh your ice/drinks and set you up with food.
Now lets review the course and the staff.
Moon Palace provides a free shuttle (stayed at 18/19KM) to and from hotel because I made reservations 48-hours in advance.
I'm a low single digit (2-3) who doesn't hit it very long.
Started on Jungle nine from the blues, 3,235 yrs
Couldn't reach two of the greens in reg and also had to hit driver into back pin on 205yd par 3. Don't know if it was because of the direction of the breeze or if this nine just plays that tough! Caught a break on the short par 4 of 265 that played down wind so I was able to two putt for a birdie.
They've got signs up that has suggestions for driver distance and starting blocks. Take a serious look at that!!
Try to remember that you're at sea level in heavy humidity. Not going to get too much roll here either. Might find yourself needing an extra club (or at least a 1/2 club) into greens/pins. Misses around the green you'll get the chance to use your putter since there is no rough around greens. JN design.
Went from Jungle to Dunes course.
This is how good the course design is....I hit every club in my bag after playing the 18 holes. Not going to find yourself hitting Driver 8-Iron on every hole. Great layout!
Tee boxes fantastic, fairways immaculate, greens fair and quicker downwind, down grain. Normal speeds the rest of the times. Bunkers could use more that (1) rake per sand trap. Find myself a bit tired and I can see where previous players may not have made the effort to go get the rake and take care of the hazards.
My "thanks" go out to the guys at starter shack. Alexis & Ricardo.
So I went out as a single with a starting time of 2:30. Tee'd it up at 2:00. Took the turn about 3:15 (found all you can eat/drink palapa behind 4) then headed down to play #1 hole (on back 9) hole when Adrian came and found me and said there was two other groups in front of me, why don't I jump over to 5th hole? Play quickly from 5 to 9 then 1 to 4. Good advice not to follow those other 'resort' golfers. I think this was great for all levels of play, they don't feel pushed and I didn't have to wait.
Got done about 4:45. Headed back to starter shack, asked them about my shuttle pick-up scheduled for 7pm.
Adrian suggested I play the "Lakes Nine" at N/C, big Shout-Out to Adrian !!
Got to play all (3) nines in 4+ hours.
Jungle nine played longer than I thought
Dunes nine played shorter 3,312 yards with more traps in play. By now you've hit every club in your bag.
Lakes nine had more water but easily playable at 3,270 yds.
Course was in Great shape. Challenging holes. Fantastic staff!
After your round you can hang out at the bar and grill for more of that 'All-Inclusive' pace. Then they'll get that shuttle back to your hotel for you.
Come on out and play this course. Full price or discount. They're player friendly and I think you'll really like the course, no matter what nines you play.
great course, played 9 on lakes and 9 on dunes
great value when booked through golfnow on a hot deal ($48) course off of back tees quite demanding, if you miss the fairway you will not be playing that ball again !!!!.
fairways & greens in good condition.
mind the gator in the big "dunes" lake
(noticed that after I played my first round on this course on a hot deal, it was removed from the following week), be aware that the rack rate for this course is $300
Hot this time of the year!
We teed off at 8 and finished by a little after 12 on the dunes - jungle course covered in sweat. It was really warm and humid this time of year (end of July). The course forces you to play conservative. Big hitters must be very accurate. Greens are very fair and I never saw a ball mark. We rented clubs (Callaway razor x) and I wish the set included a 56 and 60 wedge. These clubs were needed to stop the ball on the greens. Bring you own balls. I paid $20 for 12 shag balls at the pro shop. One would think if a person paid the full greens fee and rental price of clubs they may throw in a sleeve of balls. Next time I will bring my own clubs and be better prepared. Nice food restaurant and good drinks in the bar. Have fun this proved to be a good break from the beach and pool crowd.