The Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta

4.1789117647 4.2 stars from 5 (43)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6651 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 71.7
  • Layout

  • Paseo de las Moras , s/n Fracc. Nautico Turistico , Nuevo Vallarta , 63735 Nayarit Mexico
  • 01 (866) 231-4423, 01 (322) 226-4000
  • 01 (322) 297-1830
  • vidanta.com/web/nuevo-vallarta/golf

Year built: 2002
Architect(s): Jim Lipe (2002), Jack Nicklaus (2003), Jack Nicklaus, Jr. (2003), Agustin Piza (2009), Nicklaus
Type: Public/Resort
Greens: Champions Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda 419 Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirts without collar, denim, sport shorts, cut offs, tank tops and sandals are not allowed.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 70 6651 yards 71.7 133
Blue 70 6232 yards 69.8 126
White 70 5709 yards 68.1 120
White (W) 70 5709 yards 70.8 123
Red (W) 70 4802 yards 69.3 119
Red 70 4802 yards 66.3 114

Also known as The Nayar Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 43 Reviews
5 stars:
14
4 stars:
19
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

38 out of 43 reviews


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"Playing a Mexican Postcard"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


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


"Nayar Course"


u000004900698's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course layout was time consuming"


AndyLam's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2019
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Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



David3940154's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2019
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Vidanta golf"


David3940154's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2019
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Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Today’s Golf"


David3940154's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2019
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Reviewed on

Actually played with 3 other Canadians. Had a great time!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2019
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Gets a little expensive"


Novino64's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Have to go back"


u000001904459's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/08/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Spectacular"


u000006256735's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2019
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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.


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


"Caddies worth it ."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/04/2018
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Reviewed on

Course keeps changing layout according to regular I played with . Caddies are pros , trust their putting advice and fairway placement suggestions . Also caddies earn their living from your fee so a little extra goes along way . They are not pushy about it at all . Very appreciative of your fee. Very friendly !

Pro shop staff brings down friendly rating down a bit :(

Golf now rate defineltly a good deal versus rack rate :)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Too easy"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For the first time, this course is for beginners there is no challenge, normally a Niklaus course are much challenging.if you are a beginner this is the right place, nice conditions but too flat easy course, a bit expensive!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Not sure why"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I booked a tee time for 10;13 for 4 people when I had to remove one person somehow we got switched to 11;41


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"don’t bother"


gc1139463579's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
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Reviewed on

We booked the Nichols course and they put us on the “other course” very average. no amenities could not get a drink or food the whole round... We got to look at the other course looked like a good track people looked fed and watered. As for us... Suckville.

Pat


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Great course"


u000008153532's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
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Reviewed on

We had a great time playing at the Nicklaus course. Martin was great!


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


"The price was very reasonable through Golf Now,"


RG8170A8C92D8F0168C's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2018
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Reviewed on

Average Golf Course- below average for a Jack Nickalus Course, not very challenging for good golfers- ok for average golfers


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great value with Hot Deals"


u2606684's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape and the caddy was excellent. Caddies are an additional mandatory charge.

Played the round in 3 hours with 3 of us playing a scramble.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Overrated"


TroyJames's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Again Golfnow Came through with a Great Rate of $48.00 Bucks and that’s all its worth. Not a Penny More. Its a Nice Track with very Fast Greens. The Warm Area Was Probably The Worst Ive Seen In Mexico. They Don’t want You To hit a Lot of Balls. The Putting and Chipping Area Is Almost Non-existing. The Rushed my Tee-Time 25 Minutes Early and I was Only able to hit about 15 balls Even Though I was a 1 hour and 15 minutes early for my Tee-Time. The Worst Was The Pace Of Play. They Just Want The Money. We Consistently had 3 Groups on One hole for the whole Round. You’re Forced To Take Caddies and you probably Need them if you haven’t played there before Because the Lay-out Is Very Confusing. If You hadn’t played there before and didn’t have a Caddy, You’d Get Lost. If You Pay The Rack-Rate of $ 200.00 You’d Really be Pisssed. They Tell Me The Norman Course is Much Better and More Expensive. The Hot-Deals are Over $100.00


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



"First Round, Last of this Layout"


EAWILSON10's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Take note that the layout of this course is changing January 2, 2018 as some holes are retired to allow for expansion (pictures are of holes which will remain).

The course condition is great and the rate, compared to others around it, is well worth it.

The caddy I had knew the course layout well and the yardages to hazards almost exactly. Fairly good with green reading assistance and always wanting to take your clubs from you. I rarely golf with a caddie but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




u7287753's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2017
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Reviewed on

Definitely need a caddy due to the course layout but new holes are being worked on maybe to improve this? A friendly course...not punishing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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