Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico - Vidanta Resorts and Vidanta Golf, Mexico's leading developer and golf course operator, along with KemperSports, the leading golf management company in North America, celebrate the opening of the newest course in the Vidanta Golf portfolio, the Norman Signature Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta.
Vidanta partnered with internationally recognized golf legend and course designer Greg Norman to build this championship course. It joins the renowned Nicklaus Design Course as the destination's second venue for golf. Open for preview play this summer, the official grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony, clinic and question and answer session with Greg Norman for platinum members of Vidanta Resorts.
"As Mexico's leading golf course developer, Vidanta is consistently on the forefront of golf development and tourism," said Iván Chavez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta. "We strive to bring the very best in the industry to our guests, which is why we partnered with Greg Norman for the design of this signature course."
The Norman Signature Course encompasses the finest in golf with unsurpassed course conditioning on wall-to-wall Paspalum playing surfaces. The exciting layout winds along the banks of the Ameca River providing views of the Sierra Madres from every hole. Generous landing areas give way to large undulating greens protected by cavernous bunkers. Indigenous trees, native grasses and jungle surround the core course layout which is uninterrupted by housing and civilization throughout.
Playability and enjoyment were key in the design process for this 18 hole par 73 that is as challenging from the championship tees as it is forgiving from the forward tees. All this begins with a trip across the world's longest golf cart suspension bridge spanning the Ameca River from Nayarit to Jalisco.
"When designing this course, respecting and promoting the conservation of ecologically sensitive areas was of primary concern. As a result, routing was dictated by nature, according to dense vegetation corridors, streams and wetlands," said Greg Norman.
"We really enjoyed working with the Vidanta team on this design, as they know and understand golfers' needs and expectations for a world-class course. Ultimately both high and low handicappers will really enjoy playing, as it offers the perfect trifecta of beauty, fun and challenge."
The opening of the Norman Signature Course caps off a stellar year of recognition for the Vidanta Golf portfolio. Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta was named a "Silver Medal Resort" by Golf magazine in June followed by recognition for Vidanta Puerto Peñasco (Nicklaus Design Course) as the "No. 19 Course" in Golfweek's annual ranking of its Best You can Play in Mexico and the Caribbean.WorldGolf.com.