The Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta
Also known as The Nayar Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta.
|White (W)||70||5709 yards||70.8||123|
|Red (W)||70||4802 yards||69.3||119|
|Black M: 71.7/133||425||431||180||393||388||438||236||526||150||3167||381||207||478||528||440||177||572||437||155||3375||6542|
|Blue M: 69.8/126||397||405||162||375||363||428||210||515||135||2990||366||184||386||518||418||168||549||429||145||3163||6153|
|White M: 68.1/120 W: 70.8/123||380||374||141||345||333||392||189||438||125||2717||341||169||361||496||374||154||523||416||130||2964||5681|
|Red M: 66.3/114 W: 69.3/119||314||325||102||261||264||342||147||402||113||2270||312||127||292||418||329||91||437||336||103||2445||4715|
Better courses for a better value
Be prepared for a long process when you arrive. Taxis will drop you off and you will have no idea what to do our where to go. Once you figure it out you will have multiple cart rides followed by a little bit of a walk to the Proshop, where it may feel like you are invisible. Then off to the range, where you will travel some distance in a cart but enjoy the ride it is a little like Jurassic park with out the animals. No water is provided in the cart so bring some with. Drink cart is available and relatively frequent. 4-caddie is mandatory and ours was of little value other than knowing where to drive to next. Don’t be fooled by the over all yardage, the course plays long on most of the par fours, and the par is only 69. Play the shorter tees you will enjoy it more. When done back on the long cart ride back to the taxi stand and you will be done. Bottom line I can name 10 better
Places to spend you golfing dollars. Starting with the Norman Course at this same location. This course seems like amiss by Jack Nickalus. Not his best work
Contrary To What You May Have Heard...
I was concerned that Vidanta construction would affect my enjoyment of the round. It did not. Clearly, a former par 5 hole was converted into a very short par 3 and short par 4. So be it, until construction ends. It had no effect on the rhythm of the round.
I was also concerned that I might be corralled into a long sales pitch for Vidanta, and that it would be difficult to get a taxi to leave. There was no...none...zero attempt at up-selling, and the service couldn’t have been more helpful.
Which leads to us the golf. The course was in excellent condition. The greens were true and fast. And for $22, the caddie was invaluable. In our case, we had Ricky, who knew the course inside-out, and read putts like a pro.
I had a great GolfNow greens fee of $60. Once taxes, service charges and the caddy fee is tacked on...well...it was still a really good deal.
The course is nice and the caddies are great. Cartgirl beverages great. Lots of construction and course layout changes with it. Couldn’t find the holes on my garmin but no worries because the caddy has a rangefinder The front nine had a makeshift par three and only a par 34.
I play here a lot. It is one of my favorite venues in Puerto Vallarta.
However the property is undergoing major construction. Frankly the entire place is a mess. The course isn't much better. Ragged greens, temporary holes, plowed up fairways etc. I'd pass on this course until the work is done.
On the bright side, great staff and amenities.
The course was in great shape as usual. What makes this course not great is the distance between a set of holes that I just can't remember. The distance was like a 5 min. cart ride over the bridge. Definitely not a course to walk.
Paid for the rounds via golfnow. Go to check-in and have no issue until I go to the cart and the starter mentions I would have to play the front twice as the back took too much punishment from the rains the night before. Why couldn't the cashier tell me this? I went in to ask if it would be possible to play the other course which was cheaper (granted for a later time 2pm vs 11am) since no one was on the course and I mean no one. She wouldn't budge. Most courses that aerate provide you discounted fees why couldn't the accommodate us. As for the forced caddies, first off they should be competent green readers and having only one caddie for the 3 of us is ridiculous.
Had a tee time at 10:45am through Golf Now, arrived at the pro shop and was told the golf course was closed until 1pm because it was too wet from the rain overnight and in the morning. I was told I could check in now but if it began to rain again and they had to shut down the course I probably wouldn’t be able to get a refund from golf now because it showed that I checked in... I didnt really have any other choice so I checked in and ate some breakfast at the restaurant right next door to the pro shop (best chilaquiles of my life!) then checked in with the started and was assigned a Caddie, Luis. (FYI the caddie is mandatory and is 400 pesos for a single) Luis drove me to the range where I warmed up for an hour. The range is nothing special, neither is the putting green just a small green that is flat. Very first person on the course, teed off right at 1pm as a solo, finished in 2.5 hours. The course was surprisingly NOT that wet for the amount of rain it received. Not all but some of the bunkers however were unplayable because they were flooded with water. The course is pretty easy, I shot a 78 (and double bogeyed the last hole... smh) when I usually shot around 85. My caddie Luis was great, he would use a range finder and tell you the distance for every shot and was spot on reading the greens! Also saw lots of wildlife, multiple birds, iguanas everywhere, sometimes crossing the fairways, and even a small crocodile. Overall I would recommend this course if you can get a hot deal, in my opinion it would be overpriced to pay the regular rate. Staff at Vidanta we’re all very helpful and friendly, thanks for a great day of golf!
Playing a Mexican Postcard
I played this course years ago when it was the Mayan Palace course. They have poured a lot of money into it, adding flowers and trees everywhere. They have cleaned up the many lakes which are now pristine with birds, turtles and iguanas in abundance. The fairways are wide and lush. Although the course has its challenges, it is not a difficult course. The women’s tees are far forward and mostly avoid hazards. Our caddie spoke excellent English and was knowledgeable. Be sure to get a golfnow rate as it can be pricey. And enjoy a scenic round!
For early April the course was in great shape. Sand traps lacked sand. The required caddy was very helpful and good a reading the greens. The way the course is set up you need a caddy to find your way to the next hole, ha. Staff is very accommodating, helpful and friendly. All-in-all I really like to play this course.
Course layout was time consuming
First time playing this course today. Tee'd off at 12:30 with 3 other players and finished at around 4:45 pm. Pace was slow because of my pairings. We was assigned to a Caddy, amazing person, but I didn't find any value in his service as a Caddy...very adifficult for one person to take care of 4 players. No cart GPS and the course was not on my Garmin GSP. Course only have a few water coolers. Bottled water is at cost. Knowledging all this I will play again.
Golden bear in NV
We love the Vidanta property and Jack and Greg’s courses! Our special caddie, Julio and our drink master, Rosie add to the great experience. Looking forward to playing again this winter!
Great day once you get onto the course. My tee time was delayed because 3 member booked but didn’t show up. Seems that members can do that without penalty. Doesn’t seem right. I had to wait until I could matched with another later group.
Gets a little expensive
First you tip the car valet that has to drive you to the club house, then beer and a drink for the caddie, and tip the cart girl, tip for caddie and then tip the guy that has to drive you back to your car. $65 to Gofnow, another $65 in beer & tips.
Have to go back
We really enjoyed this course. It offered a wide variety of hole layouts, challenging water holes, and lots of sand. The course winds through the Vidanta site giving the players many different looks at the surroundings. We will go back again.
Played here with my son and his two friends. The course and staff were great!! Fabulous day! The caddie was very helpful and worked hard to help us in joy the round.