The American Express

La Quinta, Calif.


Course Rankings

Mayacama Golf Club

Santa Rosa, Calif. / 6,761 yards, Par 71 / Points: 60.6367
May 03, 2021

114. Mayacama Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus (2001)

As Jack Nicklaus wound down his competitive career, his empathy for average golfers rose, and rather than continue to build back-breaking championship-length courses, he began to tailor some of his designs toward the average golfers who foot the bill. Thus Mayacama is less than 6,800 yards and is routed to be a very comfortable walk, essential since the club has no golf carts. A bold design, it explores every facet of the oak-dotted hillsides above Santa Rosa. Watersheds and gulches figure prominently in the layout, which has some dramatically elevated tees and four stunning, gambling par 5s.

100 Greatest History: Ranked 2005-2014, 2017-2020; Second 100 Greastest History: 2015-2016 and cuurent. Highest ranking: No. 66, 2007-2008. Previous ranking: No. 100

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Panelist comments:
“It's a wonderful Jack Nicklaus design with beautiful vistas and elevation changes. The well-manicured, landscaped course is teeming with wildlife -- adding to the charm of the secluded and peaceful property. Each hole is secluded from the next, which adds to the setting and the tranquil environment. ”

“Exhilarating shots into many greens. Very natural, mountainous terrain was used skillfully to create demanding approaches into greens well-designed into the land.”

“I loved the setting, ambience and scenery. Very effective use of topography and stream channels to combine for good design variety with holes moving in various directions, and up and down hills.”

“A fantastic walk through these hills and up to these tee boxes with significant elevation change. It's actually a stout physical test -- good cardio for five hours.”

“The par 5s, as a group, could be stronger. Only one offers a scenario where you'd really go for it. Mostly, they're lay-ups. Who wants to hit a 5, 6, or even a 9-iron as a second shot on a par 5?”

Courtesy of Mayacama GC

Courtesy of Mayacama GC

Courtesy of Mayacama GC