Vista Vallarta Golf Club - The Nicklaus Course
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.
|Red (W)||72||5251 yards||71.1||119|
|Gold M: 73.8/144||401||429||550||381||213||452||427||534||182||3569||536||394||580||340||440||177||423||170||445||3505||7074|
|Blue M: 71.7/137||338||408||519||366||192||435||395||499||178||3330||513||370||558||314||422||149||383||157||399||3265||6595|
|White M: 69.5/124 W: 73.5/125||294||360||484||338||168||416||372||453||152||3037||466||356||538||262||402||125||347||131||367||2994||6031|
|Yellow M: 66.4/117 W: 72.0/121||260||336||443||268||145||331||284||422||131||2620||433||334||521||236||311||113||307||114||298||2667||5287|
|Red W: 71.1/119||258||334||441||266||143||329||282||420||129||2602||431||332||519||234||309||111||305||112||296||2649||5251|
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Photo submitted by u000006172924 on 12/15/2020
No. 16 on the Nicklaus course Photo submitted by greg0000023 on 05/26/2019
A bunker and the bougainvilleas on the Nicklaus course. Photo submitted by JasonDeeganGA on 04/09/2018
Pro Ivan Cueva on the Nicklaus course. Photo submitted by JasonDeeganGA on 04/09/2018
A wall of fame celebrates the players from the 2002 World Golf Championships-World Cup at Vista Vallarta. Photo submitted by JasonDeeganGA on 04/09/2018
Photo submitted by TroyJames on 01/24/2018
View of one of the holes Photo submitted by kl3443 on 09/20/2012
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.
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.
Great track in the middle of nowhere.
Very playable. Nice layout. Beautiful area. Drive to it is not very nice. Played in 3 hrs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An awesome course! Our Forecaddie, Pablo, was terrific and tremendously helpful. We would not hesitate to play the course again and again and again...
The golf course is amazing. We appreciate our game.
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..
Excellent course. Must play
Played the Nickolas Course, after the two-day Addidas Invitaional...excellent shape...greens were perfecto.