Vista Vallarta Golf Club - The Nicklaus Course in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico | GolfPass
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4.6
187 Reviews (187)
5 Stars
115
4 Stars
59
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.3
93.6%
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174 out of 187 reviews
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4.7
39 Reviews (39)
5 Stars
28
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0
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
97.4%
Recommend this course
38 out of 39 reviews
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4.7
72 Reviews (72)
5 Stars
54
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.8%
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69 out of 72 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
187 Reviews (187)
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Sweet course

I came here with my buds for a bachelor party and I gotta say, this was the coolest course I've played to date. I highly recommend playing this if you visit Puerto Vallarta. It's worth it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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4.0
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Nice fair layout.

Every aspect was good except some of the bunkers needed some work and more sand.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
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Pace Excellent
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4.0
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Weiskopf course instead

Had just punched Nicklaus course so had the Weiskopf. Course to ourselves. Had a great time and can’t say enough about the staff. Would love to play during the peak season when they can cut the greens shorter. Still playable and rolled reasonably well. Fairways in good shape. Would have to play a few times to figure out breaks on the greens. Almost got my second ace on 180 yard par three.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Skill Intermediate
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great to play for lots of reasons

The best parts of this course are the surroundings and layout. Beatiful hillsides and scenery and amazing wildlife make you feel like you are at Jurrasic Park. The conditions were pretty good. I've play more manicured courses for sure, but the greens rolled real smooth. The bunkers a painful here, but such is golf. A bit pricey, so I would only play again if someone else really wanted to or there were better prices. The staff is great and the breakfast to go in the morning was ideal.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course

We stayed at a resort and the concierge rate we received was about $40 more expensive. So happy we decided to check golf now. The course views were amazing and the Nicklaus course was extremely challenging. Expect to loose a lot of balls. The cart attendant made delicious bloody mary's.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
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5.0
First Time Playing

13 hcp

I took the back way to this course and it was through a very rural part of the city. Chickens in the street and everything! You are in a very remote area and all of a sudden it’s a Nicklaus course. Course condition was awesome. Hard to find a bad lie. It’s an easy course and almost all puts are straight. I played in the afternoon because it was 79 dollars instead of 215. Had the course to myself. They didn’t give me water or have a cart girl until the 10th. I ordered tacos Al pastor and they drove them out to me. They were awesome! Then I looked up from my taco meal and a stray dog was there. He was nice but a little intimidating. He stopped following me after the tacos were gone. All in all it was a great experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 26
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Jungle gold

Ended up playing the Weiskopd course as Nickilaus was full and a lil slow. Let us tee-off of #10. Plain sailing with no one in front. Such nice staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Day

Nice people / Great track / Good food.

What more do you need?

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Nicklaus is the best!

Great layout, if you. Ant hit out of sand you may want to try another course. All greens protected by traps !

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 26
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

After 3:00

Great deal after 3:00 daily. Wouldn’t golf anywhere else in PV it has it all!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Awesome Day!

I had a 3:00 tee time and had the course pretty much to myself. It was a challenging course for me with the amount of sand traps and the undulating greens. The fairway and greens were in good shape even though it was dry. Expensive to rent clubs but other than that I was happy with my experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

EXTRAORDINARY GREENS !!

Vista Vallarta may not have the sweeping ocean views of the some of the other PV area courses like Vidanta and Litibu, but the greens are unquestionably the best in the region ! Firm, smooth, virtually perfect rolls . .

The fairways are in decent shape; I haven't played in course in the PV area that has excellent fairways . . the bunkers, due to the Covid no rakes in or near the bunker policy, are often times not smooth or raked. .

The course itself is a mix of relatively easy holes with incredibly demanding ones . . it's a very stimulating, fun, enjoyable track . .

Carts are required, unless you are up for massive long walks to get to the 1st tee, and between many holes . . the views, albeit not on the water, are amazing . .

This is my favorite course in all of the extended Puerto Vallarta golf world :)

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome

Played at 2:10 , had the whole course to ourselves.
Awesome layout never a boring hole.. definitely going back later this week…played the blue tees which was a good challenge..

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun day

Great day with perfect weather. The biggest problem was the condition of the roadway accessing the course. It was in a word “HORRIBLE. It is a shame because when the Senior’s Championship tournament was held there for 10 years, roads were great. Now it is like driving an obstacle course!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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