Punta Mita Golf Club - Bahia Course - 17th
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Bahia Course - 17th
The par-4 17th hole on the Bahia golf course at Punta Mita resort sweeps along the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Bahia Course - 18th
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Bahia Course - 18th
The par-5 18th on the Bahia golf course at Punta Mita doglegs left toward the Pacific. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Bahia Course - 2nd
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Bahia Course - 2nd
The Pacific Ocean provides a blue backdrop for the par-5 second hole on the Bahia golf course at Punta Mita resort in Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Bahia Course - 15th
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Bahia Course - 15th
The 15th fairway on the Bahia golf course at Punta Mita doglegs left to reveal this view of the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Bahia Course - 3rd
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Bahia Course - 3rd
Three bunkers guard the third green on the Bahia golf course at Punta Mita in Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - hole 3b
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - hole 3b
An overhead view of hole 3B on the Pacifico golf course at Punta Mita in Mexico. Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 3a
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 3a
Pacifico golf course's oceanfront par-3 hole, called 3a, is pretty good, even though 3b's natural island green gets all the attention. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 7th
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 7th
Boats are part of the scenery in back of the seventh green on the Pacifico golf course at Punta Mita. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 8th
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 8th
The par-3 eighth hole is one of eight oceanfront holes on the Pacifico golf course at Punta Mita. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 9th
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 9th
The 522-yard ninth hole is the third par 5 on the front nine on the Pacifico golf course at Punta Mita in Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 17th
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 17th
Pacifico golf course's magnificent par-3 17th hole returns to the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 18th
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 18th
A boat anchors just offshore from the 18th green of the Pacifico golf course at Punta Mita. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 16th
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Punta Mita Golf Club - Pacifico Course - 16th
The 16th hole of the Bahia golf course at Punta Mita provides more ocean views. Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
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Picturesque: The ocean holes of Mexico's Punta Mita Golf Club

PUNTA MITA, Nayarit, Mexico -- Perhaps no club in the world features more ocean holes than Punta Mita Golf Club.

Fourteen of Punta Mita's 37 holes have a tee or a green -- or both -- right on the Pacific Ocean.

Eight are found on the Pacifico Course, the first designed by Jack Nicklaus on this scenic peninsula 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. Pacifico's extra par-3 hole -- called "3b" -- plays to a natural island green 190 yards away from the tees along the beach. When the tide is in, the hole is unreachable by cart. Players can attempt to hit the green and move on to explore the other holes along the shore.

Punta Mita's Bahia Course, the newer and tougher of the two Nicklaus designs, climaxes with a four-hole finishing stretch home to spectacular oceanfront views. The stunning par-4 17th boomerangs left, ending at a wildly undulating, elevated green. For landlocked golfers not used to seeing the ocean, Punta Mita is golf nirvana.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 1,000 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfadvisor and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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