GOLF COURSES IN VALLARTA
PUERTO VALLARTA GOLF
Please Note: We do not book golf tee times.
Puerto Vallarta is quickly developing a reputation as being the best golf destination in Mexico. Home to seven world-class golf courses, including designs by some of the greats such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, and Robert Van Hagge.
The newest course, and perhaps the best, is El Tigre in Nuevo Vallarta, at the fabulous Paradise Village. The 7,239 yard, Par-72 course consists of eight water bodies and was commissioned to be "the most exciting championship golf course in Mexico".
Nicklaus' senior designer, Jim Lipe, authored the 6,700-yard Mayan Palace Golf Club, just next door to El Tigre. Mayan Palace is a fun, less-challenging course with a hefty 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.
Ten minutes from the Marina are two championship courses at Vista Vallarta. The PGA NEC Invitational is played here, and you'll see why. The Nicklaus Course measures 7,057 yards and features long Par-5's, while the Weiskopf course features more jungle growth and a signature Par-3 that appears to be carved out of a jungle hillside.
The Golden Bear's best offering may be the Punta Mita where Pebble Beach scenery mixes with turquoise-colored Pacific Ocean golf holes and perfect winter temperatures. Punta Mita is uncrowded and has one of the most spectacular holes in the world, a par 3 of 190 yards, that plays to a natural black, lava-rock island. Your only entry to the green comes at low tide, tip-toeing across a sandbar, unless you have an amphibious vehicle or boat. You will need a low, boring shot nailed into a tough head wind or cross wind to par this one. Eight holes border the ocean with a photo op at every turn.
Marina Vallarta Golf Club is not one of our favorites, but due to it's location it is quite popular, replete with jungle foliage, lagoons, iguanas, tropical birds, and a pretty strong golf course designed by Joe Finger. The course winds its way through countless palm trees and a number of holes feature views of Banderas Bay.
Just three minutes from Paradise Village is Los Flamingos Country Club. 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, too.
Golf in Puerto Vallarta is
truly a spectacular experience. The PGA
just made their first visit to Puerto Vallarta
in 2006, and it was a great event. Now
you can play where the pros play - in the fabulous
courses of the Puerto Vallarta area. Have a wonderful
time in Puerto Vallarta!