Vista Vallarta Golf Club - The Nicklaus Course

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4.4
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.3
94.0%
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50 out of 53 reviews
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4.7
6
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Conditions
5.0
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
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6 out of 6 reviews
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4.6
32
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19
4 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
100.0%
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32 out of 32 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7074
Slope 144
Rating 73.8
Type Public
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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Vista Vallarta Golf Club - Nicklaus Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7074 yards 73.8 144
Blue 72 6595 yards 71.7 137
White 72 6031 yards 69.5 124
Red (W) 72 5251 yards 71.1 119
Scorecard for Nicklaus
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 74.9/131 401 429 550 381 213 452 426 534 182 3568 536 394 580 340 440 177 423 170 445 3505 7073
Blue M: 70.1/123 338 408 519 366 192 435 395 499 178 3330 513 370 558 314 422 149 383 157 399 3265 6595
White M: 70.7/121 W: 71.7/123 294 360 484 338 168 416 372 453 152 3037 466 356 538 262 402 125 347 131 367 2994 6031
Red W: 67.1/113 258 334 441 266 143 329 282 420 129 2602 431 332 519 234 309 111 305 112 296 2649 5251
Handicap 11 7 1 13 15 3 9 5 17 4 12 2 14 6 16 10 18 8
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 36 5 4 5 4 4 3 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 13 5 1 11 15 7 9 3 17 4 6 2 14 8 16 10 18 12

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

Reviews

4.4
53
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Handicap 20-24
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5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful and challenging course.Too bad my game was not up to the challenge!!

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

Love this course

Played many times. One of my favorite two courses anywhere!!

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

Challenging but fair

Enjoyed this course. Only 20 minutes from Vallarta. Fairways were generous and easy to hit but surrounded by thick brush crevasses and jungle. Greens in great shape and most surrounded by deep pot bunkers. My caddie was excellent and knew the greens and was excellent on distances from fairway.

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

5th time

3rd time on this 18: they have two 18. Course conditions are perfect, 3verything is great, only issue I had was stiff shaft left hand clubs. But an issue I find many place...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Solid track

Context: I’m a 7hcp who likes to move around the course at a good clip and enjoy different challenging holes. The vistas at the Nicklaus track are stout. The opening hole is a gentle handshake and #18 is pretty incredible. Good solid holes in between. Fwys are great but they watered them a lot and the ball got no roll. Greens were beautiful but slow. Fwys and tee boxes very nice. Staff is friendly and helpful. The course is in middle of nowhere but many know where it is.

Club rentals are several good options (Rogue irons and woods were nice and clean with good grips). Good options on balls and other items in the clubhouse.

Most reviewers will ask why a round is $200+ but look to GolfNow for a discount. If you paid $200 you might be underwhelmed but still a solid track that is challenging and fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course

The course was phenomenal. Its well lay out. The fairways are in great shape. The greens are fast but in great shape. The staff are friendly and smiling. I had a great experience. I plan to play another round before I leave Nuevo Vallarta.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Vista - always a good choice

Had friends in town and got a 2pm slot at a very reasonable rate. Greens had been punched 2-3 weeks prior, so they weren’t running super fast, but nice nonetheless. The Nicklaus layout is always fun. The only gripe I have is they switched beer distributors and no longer carry Corona. What is a tourist to do? Drink Tecate and have fun!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging layout

Definitely enjoyed this course. It was a lot of fun to play. It has a challenging layout. This time of year the fairways are on the dry side but not too dry. Greens are moderately fast. I would play this again but only for the hot deal price at this time of year.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

good layout

worth playing. so far best we played in this area. due to aeriation we won't play two of the other courses listed with named designers, the other Nicklaus course and the Weiskopf course..

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Good course, well worth playing, played in the afternoon. Nice design, bunkers need some sand, if you play aggressively. I bought the course card for 40 pesos, which helped me with distances and course management.

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

Go with a Caddie

Enjoyed my round and reserved a caddie he was great and experienced ...

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day.

Wonderful staff and course layout. A must for any golfer visiting PV. We used Golf Now to reserve our Hot Deal if $90 PP. Nor sure how these MX golf courses survive with regular rates of $209 each. Seems there’s rarely 20-30 golfers on each course every day. Seems lowering the cost in half would generate more business on the course, pro shop and great restaurant on site. Oh well, thank you Golf Now.

Rick from Colo Springs

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

I'm drinking the 'Jack' at Vista Vallarta

I can't exactly pinpoint why I like the Nicklaus course better than the Weiskopf course at Vista Vallarta. Maybe it's the tournament history, dating to the 2002 World Golf Championships-World Cup, won by the Japanese team of Toshimitsu Izawa and Shigeki Maruyama over the American team of Phil Mickelson and David Toms.

It's just got a great flow with constant views of the surrounding Sierra Madre Mountains and nice elevation changes. Bright pink bougainvilleas flowers were popping against the jungle foilage. It was beautiful.

Although the Nicklaus course is longer and hosted the tournament, the Weiskopf seems to be harder. You can lose more balls in the water/jungle and there's a tricky hole or two. Both had greens running viciously fast. If you only have time to play one, don't fret. They're both equally enjoyable. I just happen to favor the Nicklaus by a nose.

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

Always a treat to play would recommend it to anyone

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Course in PV

Was looking to an alternative course than the Marina Course which Vista Vallarta (Nicklaus) fit the bill. The fairways could have been better condition but the greens were the best I have ever played. Great pace of play as this got done in less than 3 hours.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun Course to Play for All Levels

Played this and the Weiskopf course two days apart. Both great courses and if you can get the Hotdeal rate it is well worth it. Tee off from the tees which are best suited to your handicap. Also spend the $3 on the hole guide from the proshop. Some really nice holes. Pictures don't do it justice. Mountain type course with Ravines, carry's etc. but not that difficult if you play within your means.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course in the jungle

Love the settings, and everything about it. One issue was our car ran out of battery to climb the hill after the 18th hole and we walked back to the club house. Otherwise we enjoyed our round. We played tha Marina Vallarta course after this and we wished we were back here playing this course instead.

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

Great Round!

Had a great day on the Nicklaus Course. Beverage carts were out, course was in great shape. They only drawback would be the rental clubs condition; they were very well used.

Conditions Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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