PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament course

56-150 PGA Blvd,

La Quinta, California 92253

  • Office

    +1 (760) 564 7100
  • Pro shop

    +1 (760) 564 7101
  • Academy

    PGA West Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Parkland. Relatively flat terrain.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential setting.

  • Designer:

    Jack Nicklaus

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7204
6061
5023
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
75.3
70.0
69.4

At the same location:

The nine 18-hole championship courses at PGA West are (all par-72):
PUBLIC ACCESS courses: (shared clubhouse) Pete Dye Stadium course (7300 yds from back-tees; est.1986) and Jack Nicklaus Tournament course (7204 yds; est.1987). (Own clubhouse) Greg Norman course (7156 yds; est.2000). (Shared clubhouse at the La Quinta Resort) Pete Dye Mountain course (6666 yds; rating 72.8; est.1980) and Pete Dye Dunes course (6578 yds; rating 72.3; est.1981).
PRIVATE courses: (shared clubhouse) Jack Nicklaus Private course (6951 yds; rating 74.3; est.1987), and Tom Weiskopf Private course (7164 yds; rating 74.2; est.1996), and Arnold Palmer Private course (6950 yds; rating 74.0; est.1986). (Own clubhouse) Pete Dye Private Citrus course (7151 yds; rating 74.2; est.1987).

Location

Latitude:

33.643290

Longitude:

-116.254186

How to get there:

25 miles SE of Palm Springs

From I-10 between Thousand Palms and Indio, take the Washington St exit and head south on Washington Street. After 6 miles turn left onto Avenue 52, heading east. After 1.5 miles turn right onto Jefferson Street, heading south. After 1 mile go straight over traffic lights into PGA Blvd. Follow signs for 1.4 miles to clubhouse (for Stadium and Jack Nicklaus Tournament courses).

PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament course

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1987

PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament course (also known as PGA West Nicklaus Resort course): Like its neighbour, the Pete Dye designed Stadium course, Jack Nicklaus's Tournament course is yet another of the sparkling jewels in the PGA West/La Quinta crown.

Laid out in two nine-hole loops, the course roams its way through some of PGA West's residential properties, although the housing never seems to be that intrusive. The rivers of sand skirting many fairways and wonderful views onto the Santa Rosa mountains provide frequent reminders of the area's rugged desert origins.

Rolling earthmounds along the tightish fairways, Nicklaus's excellent bunkering and several seriously threatening water hazards combine to ensure all facets of your game are thoroughly tested. Water is more sparingly used than on many Nicklaus designs; you'll be glad it appears on only six of the eighteen holes.

The mischievous par-3 8th requires a tee-to-green carry across a small lake, while the aptly named par-4 9th (Jack's Revenge) is spectacularly framed by a mountain backdrop; a good-size lake will be uppermost in your mind on your approach to the huge two-tier green. This expansive putting surface also doubles-up to serve the long and water-flanked par-4 18th, an imposing hole named the Bear Trap. At the par-5 15th hitting the island-green in two will require a second shot of prodigious skill, length and luck!

Nicklaus's expert contouring and mounding of the terrain removes any notion that this is a "flat" course. The stylish bunkering, water hazards and array of trees along the fairways create an always enjoyable, scenic and challenging layout.

List of courses: Palm Springs / Palm Desert

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Contact club/resort for golf rates for outside visitors and resort guests.

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory.

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

The Jack Nicklaus Tournament course at PGA West has held many top level competitions, including several PGA Tour Final Qualifying Schools, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Wendy's 3 Tour Challenge and the PGA Club Professional Championship (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >PGA West).

Published ranking

World's former 90th best course (GOLF magazine, 1989; not in subsequent editions of this ranking).

Where2Stay

  • La Quinta Resort & Club4-star

    49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, CA 92253.

    +1 (760) 564 4111

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    La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is a legendary destination, renowned since 1926 for its charm and serenity. Offering a full range of top-quality amenities and activities, the resort includes five top-quality golf courses at La Quinta and nearby PGA West, including the famous PGA West Stadium Golf Course and the picturesque Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort. The Spa La Quinta provides guests with a variety of unique indoor and outdoor treatments, while the resort also includes tennis amongst its activities, as well as a range of dining options.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      La Quinta (Mountain and Dunes courses)

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      SilverRock; PGA West; Quarry at La Quinta; Indian Wells Resort; Indian Wells CC; Heritage Palms.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Desert Willow; Desert Falls; Desert Springs; Terra Lago; Eagle Falls; Bighorn; Trilogy at La Quinta; Mission Hills; Shadow Ridge; Classic Club.

  • Embassy Suites La Quinta - Hotel & Spa4-star

    50-777 Santa Rosa Plaza, La Quinta, California 92253

    +1 (760) 777 1711

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    Located in the city of La Quinta, the Embassy Suites is within walking distance or a short drive from numerous shopping, dining, parks and golf courses. Old Town La Quinta is right across the street from the hotel, with a mosaic of unique shops, restaurants and art galleries in an early California setting.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      La Quinta (Mountain and Dunes courses); SilverRock; PGA West; Quarry at La Quinta; Indian Wells Resort; Indian Wells CC; Heritage Palms.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Desert Willow; Desert Falls; Desert Springs; Terra Lago; Eagle Falls; Bighorn; Trilogy at La Quinta; Mission Hills; Shadow Ridge; Classic Club.

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