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Over the past few years, Puerto Vallarta has become a mecca for golfing enthusiasts. With several top-rated courses and resorts, for many tourists, packing their golf clubs has become an essential luggage item when visiting Mexico.
Several world-renowned stars of the sport, including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tom Weiskopf, and Robert von Hagge, have designed or added their signature to golf courses in Puerto Vallarta.
There are many options for golfers to test their skills on the fairways of Vallarta. Here is a brief description of the best golf courses in and around the Bay of Banderas.
Pacific Golf Course
Designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, the Pacific Golf Course is in the nearby town of Punta Mita, at the north-end of the bay. With spectacular views of the ocean the course has an optional 19th hole called the Tail of the Whale, a par-3 hole with the green situated on a natural island on the ocean; the only one of its kind in the world. Considered one of the best golf courses in Mexico, The Pacific Golf Course is one to add to your list.
Vista Vallarta Weiskopf/Nicklaus
Surrounded by dense jungle, the Vista Vallarta Golf Club has two championship courses designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jack Nicklaus. Both are formidable and will test the skill and patience of most players. Golfers can enjoy the spectacular views both courses have to offer. The Weiskopf, par-3 15th hole is perhaps the most memorable.
Marina Vallarta Golf Course
Designed by golf course architect Joe Finger, the Marina Vallarta Golf Course is located close to the airport and a ‘pitch n wedge’ from the exclusive marina and hotel zone of Puerto Vallarta. The course is peppered with lakes and palm trees that increase the difficulty level but add character to many of the 18 holes. Expect to see exotic birds, iguanas, and the occasional crocodile as you make your way around the course.
Litibu Golf Course
Another course in the town of Punta Mita, the Litibu Golf Course, is a signature course of the Australian golfing legend, The Great White Shark, Greg Norman. Several of the holes are ‘links’ type holes that closely resemble the design of Scottish golf courses (the home of golf) and refer to golf courses built on sandy coastlines. Other holes on the course are within the local forest, surrounded by natural fauna and flora. There are also over 130 bunkers (sand traps), and Litibu golf course is one of the best golf courses in the region.
El Tigre Golf Club
Considered one of the most challenging golf courses in Mexico, El Tigre Golf Club, co-designed by Robert von Hagge, is one of the most popular golf courses around Puerto Vallarta. Within the resort, visitors and members can enjoy the clubhouse, driving range, golf shop, putting green, SPA, and restaurant/bar, a truly remarkable experience.
Your Home Amid Golf Heaven
Living in Puerto Vallarta offers golf connoisseurs the opportunity to live the dream of golfing heaven. Whether you stay in Puerto Vallarta or any of the towns around the Bay of Banderas, there are several options to rent a villa, condo, or luxury apartment in proximity to some of the best golf courses in Puerto Vallarta.
At Puerto Vallarta Villas, our team of dedicated professional realtors can advise and arrange the ideal home or residence that will complement and enhance your lifestyle choice or vacation. Call today or visit our online portfolio of properties for sale or rent.