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4.5
34 Reviews (34)
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Conditions
4.6
Value
3.8
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
80.0%
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27 out of 34 reviews
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4.5
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Conditions
4.7
Value
3.7
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
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4.3
10 Reviews (10)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
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Layout
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Pace
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4.1
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About

Holes 9
Type Resort
Par 36
Length 3597 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Moon Spa & Golf Club has the distinction of being the first Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in Cancun. The course is divided into three nine-hole, par-36 layouts: Jungle, Lakes, and Dunes. The holes sprawl across the scenic, rolling landscape of the Riviera Maya, drawing their names from the defining features of the terrain. Each nine presents a different set of challenges. The Dunes Course plays through sandy dunes, but the native wetland areas have also been deftly incorporated into the design. The local vegetation provides a scenic accent to the course. Golfers will have numerous strategically placed bunkers to contend with but the golf course is not too intimidating for beginners. There are also four sets of tees that make it more approachable to a wider range of skill levels.

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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

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Mexico (2021 #9)

Reviews

4.5
34 Reviews (34)

What Golfers Are Saying

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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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 45
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
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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
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 Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Still Amazing

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 !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Previously Played

Bring Swim Fins

Presently inundated with rainwater call for conditions next two months

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Previously Played

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

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Over priced

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.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

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.

Important notes:
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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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