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4.6
110 Reviews (110)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.2
94.1%
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5.0
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5.0
Value
4.8
Layout
5.0
Pace
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Amenities
4.2
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5.0
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Layout
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Pace
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Amenities
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StaffFriendliness
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7210 yards
Slope 140
Rating 74.7

Jack Nicklaus and his son teamed up to design the course at The Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Puerto Penasco (formerly known as Peninsula De Cortes Golf Club and Peninsula Golf Club at Vidanta Puerto Penasco). Half of the layout plays along the Sea of Cortes while the other half wanders inland through native wetlands and desert vegetation. Long hitters will enjoy this golf course, which stretches to more than 7,000 yards. The Nicklaus team designed a challenging layout but the rugged terrain also deserves credit. They utilized not only the natural hazards but also the stunning views, which are as varied as the challenges. Every hole is framed by a backdrop of the desert, mountains, or sea. The signature hole is the par-3 sixth. On this tough hole you'll be met with a series of waterways that sits between the tees and the green complex, where four bunkers are also lurking.

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Course Details

Year Built 2006
Fairways Salam Seashore Paspalum
Greens Salam Seashore Paspalum
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2006) Jack Nicklaus, Jr. (2006) Chet Williams (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
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

Bar, Restaurant

Lodging

Lodging Available

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
110 Reviews (110)
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Handicap 10-14
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Vidanta - A Hidden Gem

Any golfer heading to Rocky Pointe should add this course to their events list. The layout is terrific. Challenging from the blue tees (6600 yards), with elevated greens that will test even the better players. The ocean views from the Sea of Cortez are simply amazing. Photo ops galore. Do yourself a favor, and take the 40 minute drive from the center of town and go play this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

10/10

An amazing course from start to finish. One of the most challenging courses I've ever played from 7200 yards. Amazing views, weather, playing conditions every single hole. The staff is hard-working and great as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Rocky Point Golf

Hard to believe this course is 4 hours from Phoenix. Just absolutely stunning views, challenging holes, perfect condition. Crazy we may have been 1 of 4 groups on the course. We paid $80 which is a steal. Would certainly go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Probably my favorite course.

Front nine was great. The back nine the wind picked up and makes for a very difficult track. I love playing here. They did charge me $10 to hit range balls.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A must go for golfers

Spectacular but tough. Went on a windy day (gusting @25-30 mph) and being my 1st time it took me 6
Holes to put the driver away and play conservatively.
Next time I play it will hopefully be able to tame this beast. Ppl couldn’t be nicer. Food was great. At the price I pd on GolfNow was a bargain.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fabulous Nicklaus style links course

If you are staying in the area of Puerto Penasco (aka Rocky Point) Mexico then this course is a must! We are staying at the Mayan Palace Vindata resort about 5 hrs drive from the Phoenix area and the coruse is part of the resort complex. The corise is immediately adjacent to beach, dunes, surf. Gorgeous. Remiscent of the Ocean Course at Kiawa Island. It is also nightmare tough for this 15 hdcp player. Jack has worked in elevated greens, heavily trapped, over-water shots, sunday-style pin placement on almost every hole taxing your driving and shot making to the utmost. Condition of the course was good not excellent. Greens a bit bumpy with pohana. Tee boxes a bit mounded from sanding. But I never once had a bad lie through the green. Carts do not have GPS so I advise bringing your own to help negotiate all strategic tee shots and the hidden shots to green. As a resort guest you pay 49.50 for what I judge to be a $250.00 experience. We will be trying it again tomorrow.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

RP

Nice course, long, hole mapping or GPS would have been very helpful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Another Nicolas Course too hard to play

i’ve played Nicolas courses all over the USA and unfortunately they are just to hard to enjoy. I’m a 7 handicap and even though the course views are amazing this is way to hard for a resort course. As I said it’s just not a fun course to play. Save your money and you can see the spectacular views without dropping a couple of hundred bucks.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bad

Stay away from playing here for a while. Not the premium shape that it should be. I am a low handicapped and this is inexcusable. $70 for rental clubs and they give you regular shaft because they don’t have Stiff. Not green, very disappointed.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Last Round for 2020

Put 2020 in the books with this round in Penasco.
Wind was howling the day we played which made the course trickier than it already is.
Staff is always excellent and attentive.
Course set up and conditions were perfect.
A lot of improvements over the last few months.
I’ll be back as always.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Amazing course and in great shape!

There were only 2-3 holes on the back nine that needed a little love. The rest was outstanding! Staff was great! Windy and desert so bring all the back up balls you can and don’t be scared to lose a couple sleeves out there.

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