PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course in La Quinta, California, USA | GolfPass
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4.4
598 Reviews (598)
5 Stars
345
4 Stars
180
3 Stars
49
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
90.8%
Recommend this course
537 out of 598 reviews
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4.3
86 Reviews (86)
5 Stars
51
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.4%
Recommend this course
76 out of 86 reviews
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4.4
161 Reviews (161)
5 Stars
103
4 Stars
37
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
91.3%
Recommend this course
147 out of 161 reviews
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Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 72
Length 7204 yards
Slope 143
Rating 75.3
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PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1987
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1987) Rick Jacobson Thomas Pearson (1987)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "PGA WEST Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in California (2019 #30) (2014 #24)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2019 #15)

Reviews

4.4
598 Reviews (598)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
Patio Dining 24
19th Hole Scenic Views 18
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 45
Water Hazards 35
Forced Carries 21
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 40
A Weekend Splurge 21
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 15
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 24
At a Resort 15
Convenient to the City 11

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Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice Pace

Expectedly some rough patches for this time of year. But pace was great and great value. Tee’d off at 2pm finished at 4:05

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/01/2022

Hi, u000002003319. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Hi, u314163135213. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We see you rated the course 1 star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single-star feedback very seriously at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thanks for choosing PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.

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Reviews 2
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

we played on the 23rd of July and canceled the 24th at the pro shop. the pro shop canceled it and should NOT be charged

we played on the 23rd of July and canceled the 24th at the pro shop. the pro shop canceled it and should NOT be charged

Conditions Poor
Layout Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 08/02/2022

Hello, u314163135213. Thank you for reviewing the course. We would like to apologize for your recent experience.

We're sorry to hear you were less than satisfied during your round. We pride ourselves on our providing great service and the high-quality standards we maintain.

We would like to make things right. Please reach out to our management team at the pro shop.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Hello, u314161789332. We appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Disappointing Conditions

Tee boxes: depending on the tee box the majority had very limited grass or none at all.
Fairways" Large dead patches throughout the course - especially around the greens.
Greens - had been sanded (as we were playing!) and had been aerated recently.
There was no aerification notice on the web site.
No water coolers on the course.
We play at PGA West every year and this was a huge disappointment. There are many courses in the area which are in superior condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/12/2022

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve and are working diligently to improve the course. Thank you for playing and we hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

A beautiful course set up and good conditions. A review of the hole handicapping could be assessed as the #1 hole was a very short par 4. Another thing to note was all the blue tee box markers were not placed on the tee boxes. When we mentioned it to the Marshall he suggested we play the front tees? They should have had someone place the markers after we mentioned it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
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Commented on 06/23/2022

Hi, firefite2. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Sadly, Better Options in the Valley

We come out to PGA west every summer for a weekend trip. We usually play the tournament courses and also a non pga west course when we are out there. The service we receive at non pga west courses are far superior and has made us likely to play only non pga west courses on next years trip.

It is 105 degrees outside and there is absolutely no water on the course for the players to drink. That is ABSURD. We played Mission Hills and there was coolers every 3rd hole. It’s literally dangerous to the guests to not provide a cold water option. The 2 water bottles provided lasted 3 holes. Every other course in the Coachella valley would have water in the summer for their guests. I asked the starter and an ambassador if they had any water, both looked around and was able to find a single bottle to provide us. Then the one time we saw the cart girl (because she told us that she was going home for the day when we were hitting our approach shots on the FIRST HOLE) wanted to sell us the same water for 3 dollars each. It made the experience of the course so bad to just be dying for a sip of cold water the entire day and truly hurt the mood of the entire group.

Also, we had 2 groups back to back of 4 people, so 8 total golfers. The night before we drove up one person in our group said he tested positive for Covid and obviously did not come on the trip. It was under 48 hours when we learned of this. When telling the person who checked us in, he told us it was likely we would get charged a fee because of the missing person. When we explained the situation he told me that PGA west no longer recognizes Covid as a reason to cancel a tee time because “too many people were doing it”. Well… it’s a PANDEMIC so that would make sense. So it appears that PGA west would prefer you to come to their facility and play golf with an active Covid infection rather than stay home and away from people and have the tee time be missed. There was no waitlist and wide open tee times, no reason for the threat of being charged for a person who is sick not showing up.

We love PGA west and enjoy this trip every year but it is clear that the hospitality, accommodations, and overall logic of the facility has gone down hill immensely, and with so many other options for golf in the valley it is hard to find a reason why PGA west should be where we go now.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 06/21/2022

Hi, kdiosdado30. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are sorry to hear your customer service experience was not up to par. Please reach out to our management team at (760) 564-7111, and thanks for visiting PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 06/21/2022

Hello u000006525611,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating! We really appreciate your business. Please let us know what we can do for you in the future to earn that last star!

Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Awful Maintenance Interference

When you have the first tee time, you expect you may run into maintenance but they should yield and let you through. Not on this course. The entire round all you saw was maintenance workers, heard the sound of lawn mowers and blowers. They walked across the greens on approach shots. It absolutely ruined the round. They nearly ran us over with the mowers on a few holes. Simply couldn’t enjoy the course, and not for over $100. I will not be back. PGA West is simply ruined. Stay away. So many other better courses in the area.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 06/15/2022

Hi, u000001982259! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. Please know the current conditions are by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards a 5-star experience and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/13/2022

Hi, mattsanger711. We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/08/2022

Hi, u314162789565. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great conditions and pace of play

Played on 5/30. memorial Day Monday. We were a three-some and played 40 minutes faster than the cart recommended. We were behind a foursome but did not see them until we were on the 15th Tee. The Greens were a little slower than other nearby courses but overall the course is in very good shape. Price was more reasonable than we've seen in recent months.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 06/01/2022

Hello, u157252623. Thanks so much for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your round at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course. That's what we like to hear! We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 16
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

PGA level

Extremely difficult layout and amazing course condition. Strongly recommend to weekend players.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 06/07/2022

Hi, u314160012672. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/06/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u314162789977! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course!

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing

One of the best times I have had
Amazing everything and everyone

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/06/2022

Thank you for taking the time to review us, u314162789977. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course thanks you!

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/06/2022

Hi, u314162789977. We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course!

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/31/2022

Hi, Adavis72. We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/27/2022

Hi, u012437406. We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/06/2022

jerryroyster1, thank you for the awesome rating! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another great experience, and thanks for choosing PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

sand sand sand???

Jack’s course is too punishing if you don’t land it softly on the green especially the 17th hole with narrow island green (only one angle of attack for well placed 3rd shot). Other greens are all extremely elevated and surrounded by either deep bunkers (with no sand just like cement) or severely sloped drop offs. For a golf course of this caliber you’d think they can afford some fluffy sand in the green side bunkers. Gets kinda boring playing most of the pga west courses over and over again. Played Classic Club first time on same day just before Jack’s and LOVED it!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/27/2022

Hello, kanha19. Thank you for visiting us at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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