Vista Vallarta Golf Club - The Nicklaus Course

4.3800000000 4.4 stars from 5 (48)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7073 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 74.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discovery

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7073 yards 74.3 136
Blue 72 6595 yards 71.6 134
White 72 6031 yards 69.3 119
Red (W) 72 5251 yards 69.4 115

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 48 Reviews
5 stars:
24
4 stars:
21
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

45 out of 48 reviews


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"Great course"


Ruschelle8193560's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



LoreMorena's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Vista - always a good choice"


Robert5210712's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging layout"


u000001976227's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"good layout"


u2424044's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000006386810's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Go with a Caddie"


u000004741993's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great day."


RTomaselli1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"I'm drinking the 'Jack' at Vista Vallarta"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




Hyundai123's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a treat to play would recommend it to anyone


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good Course in PV"


u000004337155's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun Course to Play for All Levels"


Vangolfnomad's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course in the jungle"


Toxiced's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Brspeed's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Round!"


Mike1928760's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u000005419433's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

We really enjoyed playing this course yesterday. The course is wonderfully maintained. The fairways were great to hit from. The greens were very fast. Too fast for some of us. We were alone on the course and played in four hours and ten minutes. The views are spectacular. We had a great experience. I would highly recommend this course to others.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent


I recommend this course



JayCrooks's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice Lay-Out Weiskopf Course Better"


TroyJames's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens Lightning Fast..... Very Nice Lay-out although There are Some Tricked-Up Holes I didn’t Love But Nicklaus Does that with Bunkering and other Gimmicks. The Course Plays Easier From The Blues Than The White. The White-Tees Takes Driver Out Of Your Hand To often, Even on The Par 5’s. The Course Biggest defense are the Greens. Caddies are Optonal Unlike Vidanta, But For $20.00 Bucks U.S. You Might Consider it Just To Help with Reading The Greens. “ Did I Mention The Greens Killed Me “. At Vista Vallarta The Nicklaus Course Is The Feature Course and also More Expensive, But The Weiskopf Course Has it Beat and Cost Less. ( On Golf Now Of Course ) And its Much More Scenic Than The Nicklaus Course. I’m Not Beating Nicklaus Up Weiskopf Is Just Better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




Tom7239764's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Blueboomer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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