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Sunday December 17 2017
Golfing in Paradise
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Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board


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Puerto Vallarta is fast becoming one of Mexico’s premier golf destinations. The resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast is currently home to seven world-class golf courses; all framed by beautiful vistas of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean and include jungle-rich layouts. These include two Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses (Four Seasons Punta Mita and Vista Vallarta) as well as a Tom Weiskopf Signature Design (Vista Vallarta). The course at El Tigre was designed by Robert von Hagge, while Roy Bechtol designed Mayan Palace. Puerto Vallarta also played host to the inaugural edition of the PGA’s Puerto Vallarta Blue Agave Golf Classic in March 2006. The Blue Agave Golf Classic was the first Champions Tour event in Mexico since the MasterCard Classic at Bosque Real Country Club in 2004.

Courses:

El Tigre at Paradise Village
El Tigre at Paradise Village is the latest addition to Puerto Vallarta’s golf offerings. Designed by Robert von Hagge, it is completely surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains. El Tigre spreads out on 7,239 yards, par 72, of manufactured golf course. Von Hagge created a course that incorporates lots of movement and nine separate bodies of water, only steps from the Pacific Ocean and Paradise Village Beach Resort and Spa.
Mexican architect Ernesto del Castillo designed the beautiful Spanish-styled 45,000- square foot clubhouse, which includes a restaurant, lounge, locker rooms, golf shop and European Spa. www.eltigregolf.com

Vista Vallarta – Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf Courses
Just a ten minute drive from Puerto Vallarta’s marina area, and set among the rolling foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, are the two championship courses of Vista Vallarta, home to the PGA’s March 2006 Blue Agave Golf Classic and the 2002 PGA World Cup. The courses, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, opened in 2001 and have hosted many of the world’s best players.
The Nicklaus course measures 7,057 yards and features long par-5 holes. Weiskopf's layout has more native jungle growth, and has a signature par 3 that appears to be carved out of the hillside, blending the area’s natural features into the game. www.vistavallartagolf.com

Marina Vallarta Golf Club
Designed by Joe Finger, incorporates the finest elements of Puerto Vallarta’s natural beauty including jungle foliage, lagoons, iguanas, and tropical birds. The course is located within Puerto Vallarta’s Marina area, just walking distance from some of the area’s finest hotels, and measures 6,701 yards, par 71, and winds its way through countless palm trees with a number of holes featuring outstanding views of Banderas Bay. Marina Vallarta Golf Club was included in Golf Digest magazine’s “Places to Play” list in 2004.


Punta Mita – Four Seasons Golf Course
The Four Seasons Golf Course at Punta Mita, 30-minutes north of Puerto Vallarta
International Airport, is an acclaimed private championship course surrounded by breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, lush rolling hills and flowering landscapes. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the uncrowded par-72 course measures 7,104 yards and features eight ocean-side holes and is known for its environmental commitment with the incorporation native vegetation and the use of biodegradable herbicides and insecticides. Its signature hole, an optional "19th" par-3 hole, referred to as "the Tail of the Whale," known as a site for whale watching, is set on a natural lava-rock island that is only accessible at low tide. www.nicklaus.com/design/puntamita/

Mayan Palace Golf Club
Neighboring the new El Tigre course at Paradise Village, the Mayan Palace Golf Club was designed by Jim Lipe. This 18-hole course spreads out on 6,700 yards, 18 holes, par 71 and includes seven lakes, a river and magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. The course’s signature holes are 13 and 14. Hole no.13 is a dog-leg par 5 that runs along the Ameca River with breathtaking views of the green and the Pacific Ocean in the background. Hole no. 14 is a 153 yard par 3 that has the Pacific Ocean on its left, and a beautiful lake that protects the front and right side of the green.
www.mayanresortsgolf.com/english/

Los Flamingos Country Club
Close to Paradise Village, Los Flamingos Country Club is an 18-hole, 6,452 yard, par 72 course designed by Percy J. Clifford. The course reflects the area’s natural elements incorporating jungle, a wide variety of birds and many lakes, and is lined with orange, lemon and mango trees.

Additional information on Puerto Vallarta is available at: www.visitpuertovallarta.com

 

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