Vista Vallarta Golf Club - The Nicklaus Course

4.4829823529 4.5 stars from 5 (69)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7074 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 73.8
  • Layout

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Year built: 2001
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (2001), Chet Williams (2001)
Type: Public

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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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Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 69 Reviews
5 stars:
35
4 stars:
30
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

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"Best course in Puerto Vallarta"


greg0000023's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I vacation in Puerto Vallarta a couple of times per year, and Vista Vallarta is by far the best course in the area, particularly the Nicklaus course which is tougher and offers a better variety of holes and better views than the somewhat monotonous Weiskopf track. You will play in near isolation and can move at whatever pace you desire. Despite having hosted a WGC event — and all the players’ lockers remain visible as a reminder — this is no longer a Tour quality course. The greens are consistent, but the maintenance is much like any better muni course in the states. But it far exceeds any of the other options in the area. It is way overpriced, but you can find select discounted tee times if you’re not tied to playing in the morning.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course



"Wow"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2019
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Reviewed on

Played the Nicholas course today. Course is in fantastic condition aerration over a month ago, ball rolling true. Great breeze and wife cleared most the ravens. Beer was cold. Playing the Weiskopf on a few days!!! We love jungle golf!!!!!


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



u000006294340's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2019
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Reviewed on

Although greens and been punched and sanded in the last two weeks, making them pretty slow, the course was otherwise in very good condition. Pace was excellent as we had no one in front of us. Have played Vista many times, both the Nicklaus and Weiskopf. Price a bit steep, but we caught a Golf Now “Great Deal”, so it was a great value. We will return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Long course"


Buddog05's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

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

Not the first time that we played this course. Looked like it was rather dry. Palm foliage looked as though they needed trimming. Lots of dead fronds hanging down. The ground foliage was cut way back along fairways and removed the foliage from the ditches/ crevices that cross the fairways. Made for faster pace of play. I found it to be challenging but fun. Greens were in good condition. They were quite fast.

We played mid afternoon which was the warmest part of they day. The cart girls were a welcome sight as they made their rounds. Over all we had a positive golf experience and are looking forward to playing there again next week.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



mmmfm's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nicholas course"


corkieman's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Wonderful setting. We had a slow round due to a couple of large groups that went off before us. Slowed us down considerable, beverage service was insufficient. Ordered sandwiches at the turn and they delivered them to us on the course very good sandwich. Would be nice to have a phone out on the course to order. Our round was 4:45 not what i expect on a nice and expensive course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Variety"


jscales9's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After playing the Weiskoff course on three days earlier, which I liked very much, I was looking forward to the other Vista Vallarata course. The Jack Nicklaus course was even better! I played both courses in the early afternoon with the same, low wind weather. What I really enjoyed, was the course design. A number of holes required a placement shoot off the tee, which I enjoyed. It was challenging and fair. The greens were also challenging, with some having severe slopes and some requiring good distance control to hold. My good shots were highly rewarded. I am an 18 handicapper and shot a 92 from the white tees and a poor short game. I have one more chance to play VV and will make the Nicklaus course.


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


"A long ways to go"


69Zapper's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I paid $100 on GN and felt I overpaid. They normally charge $200+ and it's out in the sticks.

The staff were all excellent but I won't be back at the rates charged.

Course was in decent shape, greens rolled well. We played through 3 groups otherwise it would have been a 5+ hr. day.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Ups and Downs"


RFontaine's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course in a mountain side environment. Hills, ravines, water, sand, everything to test each and every club in the bag. Had a great day with spouse and friends. Highly enjoyable. Friendly staff.


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


"Beautiful course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The clubhouse and pro shop we’re first rate, ALL the staff were great, and the course was beautiful and in great shape. My only challenge was that the course was fairly difficult for a high handicapper playing winter resort golf. I’d love to play it after a month or so of practice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


u314546002's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One my favourite courses here. Pricey but with GolfNow app it livable. Definitely the best greens around.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Typical Nicklaus layout"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/19/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout not for a first game,ball positioning is important on this type of well guarded course, spent my day gardening in traps..!

Guaranteed to return when rust... and sand is cleaned out.!


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



u7040484's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great track"


jessegarber's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2019
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Reviewed on

Played the Nicklaus course. Beautifully maintained with good hole variety with a great view of the mountains in the background.


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


"Great course, bring your app"


ktheess's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course was in great condition. Greens receptive, bunkers well maintained a very playable. I think the devil himself put out some of the pins for my round though. For first time players, you won’t be able to see the pin and how the hole is laid out from the tee for at least half the holes. There is no cart GPS and the scorecard does not have a print of the course so you better bring an app or other device to help you through the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Our favourite golf course in all of PV and Banderos Bay"


u000005874311's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We’ve played them all! By far our favourite is Vista Vallarta - Nicholas followed by Weiskopf (sorry if spelling is off).

The scenery is fantastic. Staff are the best. Our only issue this round was the greens were sanded and we did not know. They were still better than our greens at home at their best

We teed off at 1:30 and finished at 4:40. Fantastic pace of play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Robert3347750's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


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


"Love this course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


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


"Challenging but fair"


u865177762's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"5th time"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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...


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



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