The Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Puerto Penasco in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico | GolfPass
GolfPass Icon
Rating Index Rating
Tooltip Information Icon
4.4
156 Reviews (156)
5 Stars
115
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.8
Amenities
3.6
90.7%
Recommend this course
147 out of 156 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
4.3
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.8
87.9%
Recommend this course
29 out of 33 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
4.3
46 Reviews (46)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.8
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.8
89.1%
Recommend this course
41 out of 46 reviews
Read Reviews

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.

Book a Tee Time at
The Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Puerto Peñasco
Powered by GolfNow.com

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

4.4
156 Reviews (156)
Advanced Filters
Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Ocean Course

NIce Ocean course, made challenging by 30 MPH winds the day I played.
Greens were in great shape.
Friendly staff.
There were a couple silly blind shots which is my only complaint about playing course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome Experience

We teed off at 8am and only saw 4 other golfers the entire round that took 3 hours and 15 minutes. Greens were in phenomenal shape as were the fairways, great job by greenskeepers. Ocean views, blind tee shots, water carries, this course has it all!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Vidanta golf course

Everything was great. A lot of bunkers but beautiful course by the ocean. Will play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Vids ya GC.

Course was in excellent condition. Greens were very receptive. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Only the front nine was open due to maintenance on the back. Played the front twice which was OK. Very enjoyable day

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Back nine was closed

There is no discount when half of the course is closed for overseeing. They charge the normal amount, and then say play the front nine twice.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mayan Palace Vedante

Pne of the greatest golf deals to br found anywhere. As spectacular a setting as whistling straits or any other course along a large body of water. Jack Nicklaus doesn’t make it easy either. Don’t miss the opportunity to play a fantastic course. Bypass Phoenix and come four hours south.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart

Vidante Mayan Palace

Equal to any great course along the oceans and lakes. Jack Nichlaus came through here. You'll appreciate his design when you're not cursing him for making you hit your shots.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course condition

Just a amazingly well maintained course! Hats off to the workers

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
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 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Must play!

This course is an absolute gem. I'm shocked by the poor reviews, maybe the course wasn't in good shape a couple of months ago. I play 2-3 times per week and this is one of the best overall courses I've played. It's located in a gorgeous spot on a peninsula next to the gulf. The course was in great shape and well taken care of. It's definitely challenging with numerous blind shots, but also very fair. Would love to play again. A steal on golfnow. Take advantage!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

The best value in golf

A Nicklaus with many oceanside greens.Incredible views.You’ll nearly have the course to yourself.It’s difficult, but any true golfer has to play here.Course has almost recovered from a hurricane, but not the clubhouse.It’s a long drive, but your rewarded with a world class golf course. Golfers that discredit this course may have played during hurricane recovery or they complain about everything. Players may want to move up from their normal tees due to wind and difficulty to enjoy it more. I can’t understand how someone could complain playing here,especially at Teeoff rates. It’s worthy of its world ranking. It’s in the same category as the Bandon courses and Chambers bay.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A windy day

The course was in great shape but the wind was tough. Being a 15 handicap playing from the white tees was a challenge. Not a great score but sunny and fun.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Beautiful Course

Course is a little rough, still some dormant grass on the fairways with new grass coming up on areas. Beautiful course and ocean views, a little windy but warm. Love this course.

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

Must play

There is no better value than this gem on the entire planet. $49-$99 in 75 degree weather on the Sea of Cortez ? Good overall condition, challenging fun. Couldn’t play a garbage course in Scottsdale this time of year at this rate. Absolute no brainer, played on Tuesday. Was reluctant when I read the reviews, I’m assuming these folks either had a horrible round or they literally complain about everything. Will be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY

NIcklaus should be embarrassed Awful condition, terrible carts. No clubhouse. Not a resort course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Nearby Courses
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora
Semi-Private/Resort
4.2763235294
177
Golf Packages
FROM $197 (USD)
TUCSON | Enjoy 3 nights’ accommodations at JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa and 2 rounds of golf at Starr Pass Golf Club.
FROM $177 (USD)
PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE | Enjoy 3 nights' accommodations at Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Wild Horse Pass and 3 rounds of golf at Whirlwind Golf Club - Cattail and Devil's Claw courses, and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.
FROM $197 (USD)
PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE | Enjoy 3 nights’ accommodations at a Private Home or Condo rental and 3 rounds of golf at Eagle Mountain, Sunridge Canyon, and We-Ko-Pa (Cholla or Saguaro Course).
FROM $157 (USD)
MESA | Enjoy 3 nights' accommodations at Home2 Suites by Hilton - Mesa Longbow and 3 rounds of golf at Las Sendas Golf Club, Longbow Golf Club & Ocotillo Golf Club.
FROM $257 (USD)
THE PALM BEACHES, FL | Enjoy 2 nights' accommodations at The Seagate Hotel & Spa and 2 rounds of golf at The Seagate Country Club.
Now Reading