Latest Golfweek rankings pay tribute to Nicklaus Design

Of the 36 recognized, 10 were named to the Best Caribbean & Mexico Courses, including No. 1 Punta Espada at Cap Cana

Cap Cana

Cap Cana (Punta Espada), Dominican Republic

In Golfweek’s 2014 ranking of the best Residential, Resort, and top courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, Nicklaus Design had a remarkable 36 courses recognized among the three surveys. This included 10 Nicklaus Design courses—or 20 percent—among the list of the Best Caribbean & Mexico Courses, led by Punta Espada course at Cap Cana, on the list for five straight years.

There were 16 Nicklaus Design courses to make the list of the 100 Best Residential Courses; and 10 courses to make its 100 Best Resort Courses.

All 10 courses to be ranked in Golfweek’s 2014 list of the Best Caribbean & Mexico Courses have been previously ranked on the list. Overall, Nicklaus Design has 26 courses located in the Caribbean and Mexico markets—with two courses open for play in the Dominican Republic and 24 courses located in Mexico. Those making the Golfweek list are:

1. Punta Espada at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
6. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (Bahia Course), Punta Mita, Mexico
8. Vista Vallarta Golf Club (Nicklaus Course), Vista Vallarta, Mexico
11. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (Pacifico Course), Punta Mita, Mexico
13. Cabo del Sol (Ocean Course), Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
18. El Dorado Golf & Beach Club, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
29. Puerto Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
35. One & Only Palmilla (Mountain & Arroyo), Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
36. Moon Palace (Lakes & Jungle Course), Riviera Maya, Mexico
46. Club Campestre, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Golfweek’s 2014 list of the 100 Best Residential Courses includes 16 Nicklaus Design layouts. Nicklaus Design has 210 courses located in the U.S., spread across 39 states. Not every course has a residential component, although homes in Nicklaus developments achieve both a 32% price premium and 15% faster sales velocity than the averages achieved by the other top golf course architects in the world.

The courses making the Residential list are:

6. Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Colo.
10. Mayacama, Santa Rosa, Calif.
34. Dalhousie Golf Club, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
45. Promontory (Painted Valley), Park City, Utah
46. Cordillera Ranch, Boerne, Texas
47. Lake Las Vegas (SouthShore), Henderson, Nev.
49. Red Ledges, Heber City, Utah
55. The Bear’s Club, Jupiter, Fla.
58. Desert Highlands, Scottsdale, Ariz.. Jumping up 22 spots over last year,
71. Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters), Greensboro, Ga.
73. The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus), The Woodlands, Texas
84. Colleton River (Nicklaus), Bluffton, S.C.
87. Coyote Springs (Chase), Coyote Springs, Nev.
96. Desert Mountain (Chiricahua), Scottsdale, Ariz.
100. Toscana (South), Indian Wells, Calif.

A roll call of 10 Nicklaus Design courses was named to Golfweek’s 2014 list of the Best Resort Courses. Leading the pack at No. 13 is Jack Nicklaus’ first-ever design collaboration, Harbour Town Golf Links. Meanwhile, the 100th course on the list, Grand Cypress, made its entry onto the list for the first time, after recently undergoing a $14 million renovation of its villas.

13. Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
29. Challenge at Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii;
30. May River Course at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, S.C.
35. Pronghorn (Nicklaus), Bend, Ore.
39. Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain (Saguaro & Tortolita), Marana, Ariz.
56. Hammock Beach Resort (Ocean Course), Palm Coast, Fla.
66. The Champion Course at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
84. Kauai Lagoons Golf Club (Kiele Mauka/Kiele Moana), Kauai, Hawaii
98. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
100. Grand Cypress, Orlando, Fla. (New to the list)

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