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4.1
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5 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
3.6
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
82.0%
Recommend this course
39 out of 50 reviews
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4.0
4 Reviews (4)
5 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
3.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
3.8
75.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 4 reviews
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4.4
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Conditions
4.6
Value
3.9
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
87.5%
Recommend this course
7 out of 8 reviews
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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

Reviews

4.1
50 Reviews (50)

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 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 51
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Well maintained, nice course

We played this course while we are vacationing in Cancun. The course layout is beautiful. We played lake/dune course. It was very well maintained and green is fair. The price was a little steep but including all you can drink/food.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Not Worth the $$$

Honestly, I expected a lot for a price tag as high as $190. I was astounded that the regular rate was over $300 and that price doesn’t include alcohol or food. It’s a nice course but not a $200 course, definitely not a $300 plus course. Let’s get serious here. Drop the price and stop gouging the players.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great course if you can get a Golfnow deal!

We enjoyed this course and felt like it was the best of all the ones we played (Iberostar, El Tinto, & Riviera Cancun) with respect to course condition (nice fairways, bunkers, & greens), pace of play, amenities, and staff friendliness. There was a bartender on the course serving mixed drinks, and we enjoyed a delicious sit down lunch at the restaurant after our round. All food & drinks were included with the green fee, which was a nice perk.

However, the above assessment is based on the online pricing we received through Golfnow for $190 per person, which was significantly discounted from the rate of $310 per person our concierge was quoted when she called Moon Palace directly to book. Although we enjoyed the course, we don’t believe it’s worth $310 per person to play. Therefore, we’d highly recommend this course if you are able to get the discounted rate. For the standard $310 rate, we would suggest going elsewhere.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
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
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent Course!

During a recent vacation to Mexico we booked 3 rounds of golf around Cancun to experience different courses. Moon Palace was absolutely wonderful. The staff was warm and welcoming, the course was in great shape, the send players out in 2's, the pace of play was relaxed, the course was challenging, the refreshment station was easily accessible, lunch in the restaurant was delicious and the cost is all-inclusive!
I would highly recommend this course. The regular greens fee is $300 but we took advantage of a hot deal and paid $200.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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 Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Good challenge

Played the Dunes and Jungle courses. Very nice and challenging while still enjoyable playing from the correct tees. A wide open course (both) with several difficult pin placements that I had to layup on. Even on some par 3’s. I will say it was fun. The greens were in good condition. The problem was the people ahead of us didn’t clean their shoes after leaving the bunkers and left shoe marks and pebbles on the greens. The only downside were the bunkers. The best description would be asphalt.
Definitely a place to enjoy and I am going to play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 49
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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 19
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 13
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 5
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
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