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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | August 2009 

Riviera Nayarit Hosts The “Riviera Nayarit Classic”
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Riviera Nayarit, Mexico - Riviera Nayarit further establishes itself as a top destination for golf by hosting the Riviera Nayarit Classic from September 28th - October 4th, 2009. Sponsored by the Canadian Professional Golf Tour group (CANTOUR), Riviera Nayarit will welcome golf professionals to its championship fairways vying for the USD $125,000 first place prize.

Home to six championship golf courses, designed by golf legends Jack Nicklaus, Robert Van Hagge, Jim Lipe, Percy Clifford and Greg Norman, Riviera Nayarit attracts players from around the world recognizing the challenge and high quality of the courses.

The Riviera Nayarit Classic will be played at the Punta Mita Golf Club on one of the most exclusive golf courses in the world - the Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Mita Pacifico - well known for its hole 3-b, nicknamed Tail of the Whale. It’s the only natural ocean island green in the world and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The tournament will showcase the 18 holes stretching over 7,035 yards, in which golfers are treated to both ocean views and the Bay of Banderas. Five holes also play along the water. (Images available upon request)

A seamless marriage of golf and luxury, the Punta Mita Golf Club is located in the private, enclosed community of Punta Mita that includes spectacular homes as well as the Four Seasons Punta Mita, the recently opened St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and two Jack Nicklaus-designed courses.

The Canadian Professional Golf Tour is a non-profit organization that represents the best young players in more than 15 countries around the world that come together to play this North American circuit every year. For more than 20 years, CANTOUR has helped launch the careers of golf greats including Mike Weir, Chris DiMarco, Stuart Appleby and Michael Campbell. CANTOUR alumni have won four Golf Major Championships and 54 victories on the PGA Tour. Presently, there are players in CANTOUR that are anticipated to follow suit.

This tournament will also be covered and broadcasted by the Golf Channel, showing the breathtaking landscape and beauty of both the Punta Mita Pacifico course and the Punta Mita Golf Club’s brand new, second Jack Nicklaus-designed course, Punta Mita Bahia.

About Riviera Nayarit: Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, all pleasantly affordable, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, record deep sea fishing, bird watching, international cuisine, and shopping for local artwork and traditional Huichol handicrafts. The region attracts and satisfies vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns. For more information, visit

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