Puerto Vallarta or "PV" as savvy travelers have started calling it, now has nine golf courses. Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Robert von Hagge and other of the greatest golf course designers have left their mark (and challenges) for the enjoyment of golf fans that visit this tropical Mexican destination.
With this large variety of world class courses and accommodating resorts, some in Puerto Vallarta, some in Nuevo Vallarta and further north, Vallarta can now claim to be a true world-class golf destination.
Robert Von Hagge's El Tigre at Paradise Village is the newest offering here in Puerto Vallarta. Surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains, El Tigre golf course is 7,239 yards, par 72. Built on a flat piece of land which
was strongly remodelled including nine separate water bodies, a stone throw from the Pacific Ocean and the Paradise Village Beach Resort and Spa in Nuevo Vallarta.
Vallarta is already well known for its world-class golf options, and Paradise Village’s El Tigre has just raised the standard with its new upscale golf facilities and exclusive country club.
"Create the most exciting championship golf course in Mexico”, was the challenge given to the team of Von Hagge, Smelek and Baril, designers of over 200 of the world’s finest golf courses. The result… a 7,239 yard masterpiece.
The memorable experience begins upon arrival at the Club, as golfers pass through an
impressive stone archway resembling a Mayan temple, beside which a real Bengal tiger lives securely in its habitat. Further in, the 45,000 sq. ft. clubhouse sits perched st the heart of the course, offering spectacular views in all directions.
Some miles away from from Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta you'll also find Flamingos Golf. This 18-hole
course is located in the countryside with lakes, jungle and countless birds. It was designed by architect Percy J. Clifford and offers tennis courts too.
Located 28 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Punta Mita is set on a peninsula with more than 9 miles of pristine beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and the Banderas Bay. Punta Mita is a private and secured 1,500-acre gated resort and residential community that is home to magnificent luxury villas and condos for rent and sale, many of which are located along the golf courses.
There are two golf courses available here, the first being Punta Mita Pacifico that boasts the only natural ocean island par-3 hole in the world. The second and more recent addition is Punta Mita Bahía. Both courses are part of the private Punta Mita Club de Golf, exclusively for Punta Mita homeowners and guests.
Punta Mita - Pacifico Course: opened September 1, 1999, the Nicklaus-designed course is set within vistas of white-sand beaches and the surrounding Sierra Madre Mountains in the north zone. Spread over 81 hectares (200 acres), it takes full advantage of
its location. Eight holes border either the Pacific Ocean or Banderas Bay. The green of one truly unique hole is located on a natural island in the ocean. The Punta Mita peninsula’s tropical landscape of palm trees and flowering trees add to the pleasure of playing this course, which is challenging for experienced golfers yet friendly for the beginner.
Hole 3b, called Tail of the Whale (players tee off from the shore to the hole 199 yards away on a natural island in the Pacific Ocean. At low tide, a submerged stone path to the green becomes passable).
Punta Mita - Bahia Course: This Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course was inaugurated November 16, 2009, golf legend and course designer Jack Nicklaus hit the ceremonial tee shot. It's the second course Nicklaus has designed for Punta Mita an 18-hole championship course that features breathtaking views of the emerlad colored sea. Bahia boasts five holes that play along the ocean and an additional two with ocean views.
“You would be hard-pressed to ask for a more beautiful backdrop for a golf course than Punta Mita,” remarked course designer Jack Nicklaus.
Two of the most memorable holes of this new course are Nos. 15 and 17. The approach shot of the 462-yard, par-4 15th hole affords full views of the Banderas Bay and the Puerto Vallarta skyline. Its green has a tricky drop-off with a deep bunker on the left side. Hole 17, a 387-yard par 4, is a short dogleg left, which follows the contour of a cove and requires a carry over rocks and sand to a small waterfront green.
Miniverde greens constructed to USGA standards
Bermuda fairways and lush tropical landscaping.
Layout includes five par 3s, eight par 4s and five par 5s.
The Punta Mita Club de Golf features well-appointed men’s and women’s locker rooms, a Pro Shop and the Tail of the Whale restaurant and bar. Four Seasons Punta Mita Golf Website.
Litibú Golf Club
Located 4 miles northeast from Punta Mita Four Season's golf club you'll find Litibú Golf Club, that opened March 7th, 2010. It's a Greg Norman design, a challenging 18 hole course where 7 are link-style, eight others are surrounded by virgin jungle and the final 3 follow the edge of the Pacific Ocean, with impressive panorama views. You'll find a Pro Shop, practice and driving range and you can rent carts, clubs and other equipment.
Marina Vallarta Golf Club is Puerto Vallarta golf at its finest, with lush jungle vegetation, natural lagoons, iguanas, tropical birds and a golf course designed in 1989 by famed architech Joe Finger. Enjoy this year-round, challenging 18 hole, par 71 layout. Marina Vallarta Golf Website.
Nayar, Mayan Palace, Nuevo Vallarta
Nayar Vidanta Golf Course
Nicklaus Design's senior designer, Jim Lipe, recently finished a complete renovation of the Nayar Golf Course located in Nuevo Vallarta, just next door to El Tigre. This adds one more exciting option for the golfers in the area and tourist coming to Vallarta.
A challenging 6700 yard course that offers wide fairways and calles for precision when avoiding numerous lakes and bunkers along the way.
It's a fun, less-challenging course with a robust 580-yard, dogleg-left par-5 No. 13. Another scenic hole is a 180-yard par 3 that plays over a lake to an oceanfront green with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the Bay. Both professional and weekend players will enjoy putting their strategies and skills to the test on this 18 hole, par 71 course. Resort site.
El Nayar, Nuevo Vallarta
There is an on site Jack Nicklaus Academy, the large driving range and short game practice area are open until 22:30.
On the foothills of the lush Vallartan rainforests lay Vista Vallarta's two championship courses, just 10 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta's Marina. Both courses (Nicklaus and Weiskopf) opened in 2001
and have been universally acclaimed.
Opened April 2001 the first course at Vista Vallarta is a Signature Design by Jack Nicklaus. Since this course is located on the properties highest elevation, golfers are treated not only to world class golf but will enjoy breathtaking views of Puerto Vallarta, the Marina and Banderas Bay as well. Grassy hillsides, dense forest of Palm and giant Ficas trees, natural creeks and arroyos provide the perfect setting for this world class course by the world's greatest player. Vista Vallarta Website.
Weiskopf Course, Vista Vallarta
The second golf course at Vista Vallarta, at the foothills of the lush rainforests, just 10 minutes away from the Marina Vallarta.
Opened November 1st, 2001. This signature Designed by Tom Weiskopf provides Vista
Vallarta with a dramatic contrast from its first course. Built on the properties lower west end, golfers won't believe they have simply taken a different turn the club house. Here the terrain is extreme with dense jungles, deep ravines and swift creeks. Mr. Weiskopf has done a masterful job of blending the elevations and natural features into an incredibly playable experience... from the first tee to the green of the "driveable" 18th. Vista Vallarta Website.