The Punta Mita resort (about 40-minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta Airport) boasts two Jack Nicklaus Signature courses. In June 2008, Pacifico was named the number one golf course in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Pacifico boasts19 fairways and the world’s only natural island green. To play this signature Tail of the Whale third hole you must carry your tee shot about 180 yards across the Pacific Ocean. In low tide, if you haven’t made an offering to Neptune, walk over a rocky ocean-floor pathway to putt. Less adventuresome swingers can opt to play the alternate landlocked 3A. The Jack Nicklaus Signature design takes full advantage of vistas of the surrounding Sierra Madre Mountains, white coral sand beaches and a tropical landscape of palms and bougainvillea.
Jack’s Bahia Course may be less dramatic but the severely contoured greens will challenge your putting acumen. The grand finale fairways 17 and 18 take golfers within steps of Punta Mita’s famed El Faro surfing beach.
These tracks are memorable !!! And just when you’re feeling a bit parched, the waiter at the halfway house greets you with complimentary iced towels and mango smoothies. If only they could help me to hit that island green.
Note: The private Punta Mita Golf Club is open only to Punta Mita property owners and their guests, and guests of Four Seasons and St. Regis Resorts.
Whether you are a beginner or someone who has developed bad habits over the years, most golfers benefit from a dose of swinger doctoring. Fortunately, there’s a new Punta Mita Golf Academy where the director of instruction is renowned French Golfer Jean Van de Velde.
Opened in December 2019, the Academy has an air-conditioned indoor hitting bay outfitted with a state-of-the-art V1 digital video system as well as a Trackman 4 Launch Monitor. In layman’s terms this equipment photographs your swing from various angles and measures such things as distance, trajectory, angle of impact.
Outside, there are four covered hitting stations plus areas to hone your putting, chipping and bunker play.
I have been taking lessons for some time with Jean and am thrilled with the progress made !!! He is a trus asset to Punta Mita’s golfing world
Come and enjoy a few rounds of golf in Punta Mita – you will not be disappointed !! With 50% of the 37 holes with Ocean views or ocean front they will be rounds you remember.