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World Class Golfing in PV
While Puerto Vallarta is best known for white sand beaches, tropical weather and beach vacation getaways, one of its most striking assets is the wide range of golf courses found here. With 6 world-class golfing facilities in the Banderas Bay area, and 3 exclusive golf resorts just a few hours' drive south, Puerto Vallarta is quickly becoming one of Mexico's leading golf destinations.

Golfing in and around Greater Puerto VallartaWith the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Mexican Pacific providing a stunning tropical backdrop, it's no wonder that some of the world's greatest golf course architects have chosen to design golf courses in this region, including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Robert von Hagge.

The first golf course in Puerto Vallarta was built almost 20 years ago at the Flamingos Hotel located in the Bahia de Banderas municipality in the state of Nayarit. This golf course was renovated and reopened last November to the delight of Vallartans and visitors alike. For several years, the Flamingos Golf Course was the only one in the area. It was not until the Marina Vallarta mega construction project that Puerto Vallarta could claim its own Marina Vallarta Golf Course.

With time, additional golf courses were designed and built: Golf great Jack Nicklaus designed the one at Punta de Mita, as well as one of the two Vista Vallarta Golf Courses, where the World Golf Championship was played last December - the other was designed by Tom Weiskopf.

Eight of the holes at Four Seasons Golf Course have a view of the ocean. The 13th hole runs parallel to a lagoon surrounded by natural flowers and animals. It also includes and optional par-3 hole that will challenge the most ardent golfers. The tee is on the mainland while the green is located on a natural island, 194 yards from de coast.

Later on came the Mayan Palace and Paradise Village golf courses. The latter, designed by Robert Von Hagge, is appropriately called El Tigre Golf Course. Professionals say that the El Tigre can be intimidating from the very tight first hole all the way up to the end. It has traps in 13 of the 18 holes, including the island green.

For its part, the Mayan Palace Golf Course, designed by Jim Lipe is a encounter with nature. The beautiful, whimsical facilities created by the hand of man turn this golf course into a unique challenge. As a reward for the effort they have made, players get an incredible, panoramic view of the Bay of Banderas from the 18th hole. This natural scenario represents a challenge to all those willing to face it and conquer it!

About a 2 hour drive from Puerto Vallarta, El Tamarindo Golf Course has been rated "The Best Hidden Link in the World" by many golf publications. Rivaling some of the greatest golf courses in the world, El Tamarindo features fairways that wander through the jungle, 3 breathtaking oceanfront holes, and 9 holes with spectacular views of beautiful beaches.

A little further south, the Isla Navidad Golf Course is one of the most lush golf resorts in the world, with twenty seven holes that offer spectacular ocean, lagoon and mountain views. In Manzanillo, you'll find La Mantarraya Golf Course at Las Hadas, which is considered one the best golf resorts in Latin America, featuring wide fairways and 11 water holes including #18, an Island green built on the ocean.
Golf's Young Guns Flourish in Chinese Year of the Tiger
Mark Lamport-Stokes

Professional golf's tournament landscape shifted seismically in 2010 as several young guns and tour veterans made the most of a forgettable season for Tiger Woods.

Paradise Village Brings Imagen to Riviera Nayarit

The final match of the Imagen Vector Tour 2010 was played at El Tigre Golf & Country Club, generating important media exposure for Riviera Nayarit through this communications network.

Toys for Tots Scores Big with Hole-In-One
Jerry Lafferty

The 12th Annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament held this past Saturday at the Vista Vallarta Weiskopf course generated not only $150,000 pesos for this year's toy distribution, but the first ever Hole-In-One that earned the lucky and skillful player a brand new Toyota.

Kenji Murayama Wins The Eighth Round Of The Negra Modelo Tour

Kenji Murayama became a professional champion for the first time after conquering last month's eighth round of the Negra Modelo Tour and defeating Cesar Coello at the playoff hole.

In-Kyung Kim Wins Lorena Ochoa Invitational
Associated Press

South Korea's In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.

Lorena Ochoa Promotes Riviera Nayarit as Golf Destination

During her recent appearance at El Tigre Golf & Country Club, Lorena Ochoa, the number one Mexican golfer in the world, described Riviera Nayarit as a privileged destination with extraordinary golf courses, but more importantly, as a place with friendly people who offer high-quality services.

GGGA Teams Up with Body Balance for Performance
William Perry

The Gary Gilchirst Golf Academy has teamed up with golf fitness experts Body Balance for Performance to offer GGGA juniors individualized training plans to help students obtain their goals in golf faster and more completely.

Golf is Driving Riviera Nayarit Forward

Lorena Ochoa's participation in the IV Aeromexico Golf Tournament at El Tigre Golf and Country Club on September 22-23, along with a series of golf tournaments scheduled for the end of 2010, will help promote Riviera Nayarit as one the most important destinations for golf tourism in Mexico.

Lili Alvarez is Training in Riviera Nayarit to Earn Admission to the LPGA

Although Lili Alvarez, one of the promising talents of Mexican golf, lives in Durango she quickly admits that Riviera Nayarit feels like her second home. That's why this week she'll be training at the El Tigre Golf and Country Club at Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta.

Famous Golfer Lorena Ochoa To Play in Riviera Nayarit Tournament

Lorena Ochoa will hit the greens again in Riviera Nayarit. She is one of the best golfers in the world and will be playing at the Fourth Aeromexico Golf Tournament, which will take place on September 23rd and 24th at El Tigre Golf & Country Club of Paradise Village.

El Tigre Golf Course Offers Special Weekend Discounts, Lorena Ochoa Appearance and Other Big Tournaments
Bob Cohen

The month of September is traditionally slow for the Puerto Vallarta area but the El Tigre Golf & Country Club promises to be an active spot as they introduce a weekend special of $500 pesos to try to tame "EL Tigre."

Nayarit is Nirvana for Golfers, Surfers
Mark Conley

There are myriad Southern Hemisphere destinations to indulge in surf-and-turf nirvana. But there may not be a more enjoyable combo locale than the largely untapped 190-mile stretch of coast that lines the Mexican state of Nayarit.

Aviana Productions Wins North American Aegis Award

Puerto Vallarta based Aviana Productions has been awarded a prestigious Aegis Award for its production of a marketing documentary film with golfing great Jack Nicklaus and DINE/Punta Mita. The short film was shot in Punta Mita, Mexico, near the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.

Carlos Velazquez Enjoys World-Class Golf Courses in Riviera Nayarit

Carlos Velazquez, editor of Excelsior's travel supplement, Bon Voyage, made his own personal golf tour through Riviera Nayarit last weekend, looking for the hot leads that make this world-class tourist destination an essential one for travelers in 2010.

All Inclusive Golf Vacations in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort

Golfers can play golf amidst jungle-rich layouts while admiring the vistas of the Sierra Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

El Tigre 8th Anniversary Golf Tournament
Francisco Salazar

Get out your golf clubs! The El Tigre 8th Anniversary Golf Tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 am on Friday, May 7th at El Tigre Golf and Country Club in Nuevo Vallarta. All local and visiting golfers are invited to compete for great prizes in a two-person team Best Ball Tournament.

Cindy LaCrosee Wins Riviera Nayarit Challenge on LPGA Duramed Tour at EL Tigre
Bob Cohen

Famous for excellence in innovative design, von Hagge, Smelek and Baril's El Tigre, located in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, hosted the 2010 LPGA's first international full-field event, the Ladies Mexico Classic from March 22-28.

American School of Puerto Vallarta 7th Annual Golf Tournament
Elena Garza

The American School of Puerto Vallarta's 7th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on March 6 at Vista Vallarta Golf Club. The money raised will support school improvements projects and ASPV's Leer y Crecer' program, which provides books for and promotes reading in Puerto Va11arta's public schools.

Tiger's Golf Course Still on Track
Sandra Dibble

Tiger Woods has been on leave from professional golf, but his widely reported personal problems are not the reason for delays in launching a luxury development outside Ensenada where he is designing a golf course, say promoters and government officials with knowledge of the project.

Seventh Annual Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament a Huge Success
David Lyons

Thanks to all the sponsors, the 72 golfers who joined in the competition, and the team at Flamingo's Golf Course, one of the most beautiful in all of Banderas Bay, the Make-A-Wish 7th Annual Golf Tournament held on January 30th, 2010 was a most successful event by any standard.

New Course to Play on Punta Mita, Mexico Golf Vacations is a Winner
Craig Better

How good is the new Bahia Golf Course that opened 90 days ago in Punta Mita, Mexico? Well, last week, the editors of Golf Odyssey dropped in to play it and they walked away quite impressed with the much-anticipated Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, a sister course to the original, Pacifico course.

Jack Nicklaus Inaugurates Second Signature Golf Course in 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.

Jack Nicklaus to Open New Punta Mita Bahia Golf Course
Scott Kauffman

Punta Mita, one of Mexico's most luxurious resort and residential communities, is preparing for the opening of its newest Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, Punta Mita Bahia.

Six Golf Course Locales for Boozing Golfers
Carly Milne

Face it – golfing can be a pretty frustrating sport. Sure, it's fabulous to be out in the great wide open, golfing in scenic vistas that are best described in that cliché term of "breathtaking," but it boils down to this: you are whacking a little white ball into a teeny tiny hole. It's enough to drive you insane sometimes.

Riviera Nayarit Hosts The “Riviera Nayarit Classic”

Riviera Nayarit further establishes itself as a top destination for golf by hosting the Riviera Nayarit Classic from September 28th - October 4th, 2009.

Negra Modelo ProAm Tournament at El Tigre
Bob Cohen

Paradise Village El Tigre Golf & Country Club recently announced that the Negra Modelo Riviera Nayarit Tour will hold a Pro-Am golf tournament, featuring the best professional golfers in Mexico teamed up with local and visiting amateur golfers, from August 27-30, 2009.

The World’s Only Natural Island Green in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Jim Scherrer

If you golfers want to have the time of your life, bring your sticks to Puerto Vallarta, where you’ll find nine incredible courses to play. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to include the unforgettable #3b hole at Pacifico; the hole with the world’s only natural island green.

Bank Shot! The Most Amazing Hole-In-One You'll Ever See
Jay Busbee

We've all seen amazing golf shots before, whether it's Vijay Singh hitting an astonishing skip-shot ace in Augusta or Phil Mickelson popping the ball backwards over his head and nearly holing it. But it's safe to say you've never seen anything like this beauty pulled off by Leif Olson at this weekend's RBC Canadian Open.

Save Over 60% on Golf at Grand Velas

Saving over 60%, families can now share a passion for golf at Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Riviera Nayarit, the only family-friendly all-inclusive resort in North America to receive the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond Award.

Ochoa Wins in Mexico for Second Straight Year
Associated Press

Mexican star Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Norway's Suzann Pettersen by a stroke in a dramatic final round and win the Corona Championship for the second straight year.

PV Realtor's Event at Paradise Village
Marilyn Newman

Fun was had by one and all at the Realtor Event of the Year hosted by Prudential Vallarta and Paradise Village on March 28th. More than 250 Banderas Bay area realtors and guests experienced the best of Vallarta, Paradise Village-style.

Playing Golf in Mexico: It's Still Worth It
Mike Bailey

With all the great golf in Mexico, it's a shame that violence and crime there have been getting all the ink of late, potentially persuading golfers to stay away from legitimate world class destinations like the new St. Regis Punta Mita and Punta Mita Golf Club.

6th Annual American School Golf Scramble

The 6th American School Golf Scramble will begin with a 9 am shotgun start at El Tigre Golf Club on March 21st. All amateur golfers are invited to help us raise funds for the Busca Un Amigo rehabilitation center for children with Cerebral Palsy.

Going for the Green
Jose Luis Jiménez

Tiger Woods backs residential golf resort planned for Baja, but potential effect on the environment brings out critics.

6th Annual Make a Wish Golf Tournament

You can help Make a Wish come true while enjoying a fun-filled day of golf, as the beautiful Flamingos Golf Course in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico hosts the 6th Annual Puerto Vallarta Make a Wish Golf Tournament on Saturday, January 31st.

Women Only Spa and Golf Getaway: Enjoy 5 Memorable Days in Mexico

Silk Purse Women magazine and The Women’s Travel Club announce their winter retreat to famed Ixtapan Hotel Spa and Golf Resort in Ixtapan, Mexico. Designed as an all-inclusive 4-night getaway - exclusively for women.

Best of 2008 Golf Awards
Jason Scott Deega

As I look back on my 2008 golf season, I can’t help but feel every passing year gets better on the golf course. Even after playing more than 400 courses around the world, I still appreciate finding new gems and experiencing the subtle touches of each new resort or destination.

Nicklaus Design Places Eight Among Golfweek's "Best Courses"
Nicklaus Design

Jack Nicklaus’ top-100 design at Cap Cana’s Punta Espada Golf Club in the Dominican Republic took top honors in Golfweek’s 2009 list of the “Best Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico.”

Toys For Tots Vallarta Golf Scramble
Joe Johnston

Please join us for this year's Toys For Tots fundraiser. The annual golf scramble will be held on Saturday, December 13 at the Vista Vallarta Weiskopf course, and the gala dinner dance will be held on December 14 at the Casa Grande Marriott Hotel.

Tiger Woods Discusses His New Course in Baja
Christina S.N. Lewis

Tiger Woods will design an oceanfront golf course on the rocky, Pacific coastline of Baja California in Mexico, his third golf-course project. The luxury development, called Punta Brava, will sit on the tip of a peninsula south of Ensenada.

Ujena Jam Golf Tournament at El Tigre
Bob Cohen

BanderasNews Videographer Devon Allistone hit the links at the El Tigre Golf Course in Nuevo Vallarta on Sunday to catch the UjENA Jam 2008 models, photographers and sponsors in action at the 3rd Annual El Tigre UjENA golf tournament.

Canadian Golfer Shoots Record Breaking 58 at El Tigre Golf Course
Bob Cohen

I hadn't heard anything about it, but just a week ago I saw good friends Jesus Carmona, Director of El Tigre Golf Course and Country Club and head golf professional Francisco Salazar. We chatted about what was new at El Tigre and in general, when Jesus mentioned about a golfer shooting a record shattering 58 earlier in the year.

Cuba Embraces Golf to Boost Tourism

Now that Fidel has handed over power to his brother, Raul, Communist Cuba is setting aside any ideological objections and is embracing golf, the most capitalist of sports.

Golf Without Borders
Sallie Brady

Punta Mita, a $2 billion resort just north of Puerto Vallarta, is one of dozens of luxury golf communities leading Americans to buy abroad. From the Bahamas to Bermuda to the Caribbean and Mexico, courses are springing up along combed beaches as developers seek to draw more buyers from the usual golf getaways within the United States.

Winter Golfers Hit the Greens at Luxury Residence Clubs
Meg Donohue

The arrival of winter means one thing to golf enthusiasts: Time to pack up the clubs and head south. Luxury golf residence clubs with fractional ownership homes allow golfers to own a piece of golfing paradise and enjoy full-service, resort-style pampering.

Update: Make a Wish Golf Scramble 2008
Joe Johnston

As we begin our Christmas holiday, there are still six terminally ill children who are without a sponsoring team for the Make-A-Wish Golf Scramble at Flamingos Golf and Country Club on January 26th, 2008.

Want to Golf All Winter?
Jim Scherrer

Are you tired of shoveling snow, scraping windshields, and wading through slush throughout the winter? Would you prefer having the ability to play golf everyday this winter? If so, you should consider Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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