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4.6
255 Reviews (255)
5 Stars
161
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.2
92.6%
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236 out of 255 reviews
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4.7
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.3
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
96.3%
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26 out of 27 reviews
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4.6
40 Reviews (40)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
3.9
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.0%
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36 out of 40 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7074 yards
Slope 144
Rating 73.8

The Nicklaus Course at Vista Vallarta Golf Club is one of two championship courses at the club, the other was designed by Tom Weiskopf. The Nicklaus Course is perched atop the property's highest elevation, offering spectacular views of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas. The course tumbles across grassy hillsides covered with dense forests of palms and giant ficus trees. True to Nicklaus' style, the wildly undulating greens are balanced by generous driving areas. He also chose to route the holes along the natural contours of the land, giving each hole a unique character. One of the most talked-about holes on the golf course is the par-5 third, which is ranked as the toughest. This 550-yard monster demands three strong shots in order to make it onto the elevated green in regulation, but the tricky part is that the elevation rises a bit more with each shot.

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Course Details

Year Built 2001
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2001) Chet Williams (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discovery
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

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4.6
255 Reviews (255)
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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3.0
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Terrible pace of play

Beautiful course layout and I wanted to play again, but pace of play was pretty bad as the group ahead was six players no sure how that was allowed..

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
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Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 7
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5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fees drop to reasonable after 2:00 pm

Loved this course, well designed, well maintained and a pleasure to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A great value after 2:00 pm, green fees change to a reasonable

Loved this course! We played the Weiskoph couse earlier and even with a Golf Now Hot Deal was expensive...almost $200 with tax. Nicholas was $89 after 2:00. Great facility to practive putting, sand play, chipping and drivers. I would happily play this course again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Track - $44 for a riding guest?

Great golf course probably one of the best in Vallarta. A bit of a trek to get to but beautiful and well cared for. Greens are very hard without a lot of give so hard to keep the ball on the green if you hit it long. Only negative was paying $44 USD for someone to sit in the cart with me. Shows that’s no where on the website. $250 plus round for 1 with a single player is it is a expensive

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Staff were great. Course was tough but fair. A lot of break on the greens. Some of the bunkers have stones so be careful. Really enjoyed playing there

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

The better of the 2 Vista Vallarta courses

Both courses are our favourites in the PV area, and both are well groomed and interesting. The Nicklaus course is a bit more challenging with a few more barrancas to cross and more undulating greens

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lovely Day and Great Value

Played this course for the first time since 2013 and it didn't disappoint. Just as pretty and challenging as it was then, and in great shape.
Check in was seamless, all staff were friendly and accommodating. We brought our own clubs, but the rentals looked great.
Superb deal at 230 and later, although darkness becomes a factor especially if the pace is slow.
One disappointment is that only the forward tees are rated for women. Some of us women don't play forward!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

good value for what we paid.

For a PGA caliber course it was reasonably priced and course was well maintained.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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