PGA West Jack Nicklaus TournamentJack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West

Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West
56-150 PGA Blvd.
La Quinta, California 92253
Riverside County

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The Golden Bear tests you with tabletop fairways at PGA West - Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course in La Quinta.

If your shot's too wild, it's rolling up, often down into the desert. That's just one bit of the showmanship at the Jack Nicklaus Tournament course. This was designed to hold a PGA event, but it's spent its days delivering damage and fun to regular hackers.

Nicklaus particularly tests your short game with his bunkering around the greens. Confidence in your wedge shots is crucial here. Still, it's not as tough and unforgiving as Pete Dye's Stadium Course or even Greg Norman's course.

It's possible to get lost in the scenery at the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course and there's plenty of scenery to go around with the desert brush and the mountains looming in the distance.

No. 15 is probably the most well known - and notorious - hole. Nicknamed "Long Island," it's pretty much that: a daunting 572 yard par five with an island green. The fairway's split, giving you a chance to pick your path. Either way you go, getting onto the green in two is oh but a dream.

"Nicklaus also abundantly uses non-traditional design features throughout the course to give the track its own unique flavor,"'s Jeffrey Rendall said. "In many ways, I don't think I've seen another course quite like it."

Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West
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A view of a green with water coming into play at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.A view of hole #9 at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament CourseA view of the 8th green at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Jack Nicklaus, Rick Jacobson, Thomas Pearson
  • Public/Private: Public/Resort
  • Year opened: 1987
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
  • Greens: Bermuda Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required.
  • Credit cards accepted: Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Black 72 7204 143 75.3
White 72 6061 128 70
Gold 72 5627 122 68.1
Blue 72 6522 134 72.2
Red (W) 72 5023 120 70.1
Black (W) 72 7204 151 81.9
Blue (W) 72 6522 142 78.2
Blue/White 72 6224 130 70.8
White (W) 72 6061 136 75.4
Gold (W) 72 5627 131 73.1
Silver 72 4014 101 60.5
Silver (W) 72 4014 111 63.8
Gold/Red 72 5325 117 66.5
Blue/White (W) 72 6224 138 76.4
Gold/Red (W) 72 5325 123 71.5
Red 72 5023 113 64.9

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by L. Kliewer
    on March 31st, 2009 12:36
    My wife and I have had the opportunity to stay in PGA West and play this challenging course twice in March of 09, and we loved every minute. The entire course was in top shape. The staff and services were excellent. The newly remodeled club house is a beauty, the food & drinks were great. We enjoyed our stay so much we have booked another trip for May of 09. We love the course and all that surrounds it.
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