El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 6th
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 6th
The island green at the par-3 sixth hole is one of the signature moments at El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 4th
Iguanas sun themselves on a rock in the water near the fourth green of El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 3rd
Avoid the water left of the third green on El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort in Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 8th
A large waste bunker frames the eighth hole of El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort in Mexico's Riviera Nayarit. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 9th
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 9th
It takes guts to fire at the pin tucked in the corner of the green at the par-5 ninth at El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 11th
Water lurks left of the 11th green on El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort in Mexico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 12th
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 12th
Try to survive your tee shot on the watery 12th green at El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 14th
Round pot bunkers have sprouted up like weeds around the 14th green at El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 16th
Water up the right side makes the 16th hole the most daunting par 4 at El Tigre Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - tiger
The three caged tigers near the 17th tee are a major attraction of playing El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort - 17th
Misses short and left sink into the water lining the par-3 17th at El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor

Tame the beast that is El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

NUEVO VALLARTA, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico -- No, El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village Resort was not named after or designed by Tiger Woods, although it did open in 2002 during Tiger's reign of terror on the PGA Tour.

The splendid Robert Von Hagge design got its name from the live tigers kept in cages next to the 17th tee. These beasts are just a mere sideshow to a stout, 7,239-yard golf course that can bite back as well.

El Tigre roams a flat parcel of land inside a gated community, although the homes are never a bother. Water from intertwined lakes comes into play on 13 holes, while more than 120 bunkers sprinkle in more trouble. Fortunately, a unique routing of five par 5s and five par 3s allows everybody a better chance to score.

One GolfAdvisor user, eicaza, gave El Tigre a four-star rating and wrote: "Even though there are more scenic courses in Vallarta, such as The Four Seasons at Punta Mita, this is, in my opinion, the best course."

Golfweek rated El Tigre No. 49 among its top 50 golf courses in Mexico and the Caribbean for 2014. A large, 45,000-square-foot clubhouse offers a nice restaurant and boasts the largest pro shop of the nine courses in the destination.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 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 Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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