News from Around Banderas Bay | December 2009
|Jack Nicklaus Inaugurates Second Signature Golf Course in Punta Mita, Mexico|
Punta Mita, Mexico - A large, enthusiastic crowd of golf lovers gathered on November 16 to watch Jack Nicklaus inaugurate his second golf course in the exclusive Punta Mita resort community, located 28 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.
|Punta Mita is all about luxury and exclusivity, and having two private Nicklaus Signature Courses is an amenity you won’t find in any other resort community in Mexico. (Tom Johansmeyer)|
Mr. Nicklaus, joined by his sons Jack Jr. and Gary, played Hole 1 of the new Punta Mita Bahia course and then presented Fernando Senderos, chairman of the board of directors of DINE (Mexico’s premier real estate development company and master developers of Punta Mita) and Andres Rossetto, managing director of resort development for DINE, with an autographed golf club that will hang in the Punta Mita Club de Golf.
“Mr. Nicklaus has created another masterpiece for Punta Mita, enhancing the overall experience for guests and homeowners and completing our transformation into one of Mexico’s greatest golf destinations,” said Andres Rossetto. “Punta Mita is all about luxury and exclusivity, and having two private Nicklaus Signature Courses is an amenity you won’t find in any other resort community in Mexico.”
The Golden Bear, as Nicklaus is affectionately known, wowed onlookers with his legendary skills as he went on to play holes 15 through 18 of the new 18-hole, par-72 championship course. Stretching 7,035 yards, Bahia features challenging Miniverde greens constructed to USGA standards, Bermuda fairways and lush tropical landscaping.
The course layout includes five par 3s, eight par 4s and five par 5s with fairways that wind around Punta Mita’s beautiful residential communities and the elegant St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. There are five stunning holes that play along the Pacific Ocean plus two with ocean views, so not only do golfers enjoy incredible water views, from December to April they can spot migrating humpback whales along the shore.