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4.5
115 Reviews (115)
5 Stars
61
4 Stars
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3 Stars
8
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.2
88.9%
Recommend this course
105 out of 115 reviews
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4.4
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
3.9
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.7
81.8%
Recommend this course
9 out of 11 reviews
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4.6
20 Reviews (20)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.9
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.8
90.0%
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18 out of 20 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

Reviews

4.5
115 Reviews (115)
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
First Time Playing

Mediocre course

Course is difficult to get to and only saw 2 other golfers on the course. Not a lot of value for what you pay. Signed up for
Tee times through golf now and no mention of time they closed. Sunset at 8:45 but they closed course at 7. Teed off at 3 and Saw one other group of players on course. Nickel and dimes you for everything. Last group to tee off that afternoon and had security and greens keeper following behind us the entire time. Had high expectations for a Nicklaus designed course and did not meet my expectations. Probably would have a higher rating if we had not been run off the course at 7. Would have been nice to see closes at 7 noted somewhere when we decided to play in the afternoon. Scenery was excellent however.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Earns The Nicklaus Last Name

It is a challenging and fun course at the same time. It is a mountain course with cliffs and dry rivers crossing the fairways. It has uphill and downhill holes.

The weather is very humid I had to play without the glove to get a better grip of the clubs.

There is a drinks cart, I did not see a snack or meal restaurant in the clubhouse.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great experience

Nice golf course overall!! A bit pricey, should have a better deal for locals.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

greens

I was not told via the teeoff website that the green were aerated.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great track in the middle of nowhere.

Very playable. Nice layout. Beautiful area. Drive to it is not very nice. Played in 3 hrs.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Option for PV

Greens are in great condition. Course is very interesting and lots of fun challenges. No time pressure. N
Best option for golf near the city of PV.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Fotografías mienten

Las fotografías que muestran en la publicidad no son del campo
Por lo menos la que muestran con vista al mar

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Vista Vallarta-Nicklaus review

I played this course numerous times over the past two months. It is an excellent course with wonderful conditions and surprisingly very limited play. Some of this I'm sure is impacted by the pandemic, but for some reason Pto Vallarta does not seem to be a golf destination. If you like speedy rounds, you will be in heaven here. It is located about 25 mins from most hotel locations in a hilly area. This is definitely a course from Nicklaus' more benign years. The fairways are pretty open, the greens are not overly undulating, there is ample green bunkering, though usually openings for the ground game. The bunkers near the green tend to be deep, but they seemed easier to play than the Weiskopf ones. Like the Weiskopf course, it would have been nice if the greens were a bit faster.. My only negatives are: 1.) for a course charging up to $200+, forcing you to buy drinking water seems a little cheap in my mind, and 2.) do not use your American Express card to pay for your round at any of the VV courses. They charge a 10%+ surcharge (not disclosed) to use these cards due to inflated exchange rates charged when they convert to pesos. American Express cards can only be processed in pesos. Use a MasterCard or Visa which can be processed in US dollars with no surcharge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Probably the 2 best courses in Puerto Vallarta.
All the courses are over priced, but in a resort area not too bad.
Great views and amenities.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nichlaus course

Beautiful golf course. Looks like Hawaii. Must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Worth the money

The views at this club are fabulous. Maintenance staff is doing great. We felt like we had the club to ourselves. A must play if you are in Vallarta.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Typical Jack

An awesome course! Our Forecaddie, Pablo, was terrific and tremendously helpful. We would not hesitate to play the course again and again and again...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Incredible

The golf course is amazing. We appreciate our game.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course

Have played here a few times over the years. Course is always in perfect shape, staff is friendly, degree of difficulty, goes from an few average holes, to just killer holes. So enjoy the course, views are great too..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent course. Must play

Played the Nickolas Course, after the two-day Addidas Invitaional...excellent shape...greens were perfecto.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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