Our Puerto Vallarta golf tour included the picturesque Vista Vallarta Golf Club located twenty minutes east toward the coastal mountains. Vista Vallarta features two different golf courses, Nicklaus and Weiskopf. Colorful flower beds, hedges and two circular stairways surround a classical fountain and frame a grand entrance to the Spanish style clubhouse. A barrage of forced carries and sharp chasms are major characteristics at both courses.
Vista Vallarta Weiskopf Course
The front side of the Vista Vallarta Weiskopf course is tighter than the back side. Thick penalizing jungle lurks near the fairway. We admire stunning bougainvillea while we observe disinterested iguanas crawling across the green.
The 334-yard par 4 second hole grabs attention early. Extensive fairway bunkering requires careful tee shot selection. Play safe right for a short iron approach or long and left for a short pitch shot.
One water feature exists on the Weiskopf course, separating the tenth and eleventh fairways. With ample fairways, water is not a significant factor.
The par 4 closing hole stands out in most players’ minds. Measuring 271-yards from the white tees bunkers angle across the fairway, beginning left and ending center, creating a split fairway. Shorter hitter avoid the bunker by laying up on right side, facing a longer second shot. Stronger players risk playing over the bunkers left and center potentially driving the green or resulting in a short pitch for the second shot. A large inviting double tiered green should end the round on a positive note if you find the right level.
Vista Vallarta Weiskopf course is our favorite course of this trip. Despite two three-putts, we made our best score of the week here.
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