The Jack Nicklaus signature Bahia Course at Punta Mita was opened in 2009 and perfectly complements the Jack Nicklaus Pacifico course opened in 1999, making Punta Mita a premier international golf destination. Punta Mita is an exclusive luxury resort situated on a beautiful peninsula on Mexico’s tropical Pacific coast just twenty-eight miles north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Surrounded by pristine beaches and verdant sierra, the views from all over are magnificent as you look out across the Bay of Banderas to the Pacific Ocean beyond. The Bahia Course at Punta Mita Golf Club is a superb addition to this already dazzling landscape. This 18-hole championship course enjoys breathtaking views of the huge bay and seven greens feature ocean views.
From December to April you can spot humpback whales migrating offshore, a truly amazing sight which might even put you off your shot. Personally I’d say that Bahia is a more challenging course than Pacifico, mainly due to the undulating fairways and greens, rarely giving you an even playing surface, which is a good thing if you’re looking for a challenge but not so good if you’re still working on your regular game on a flat surface. But you can always polish up before you get onto the course at the excellent practice facilities, as well as getting a few pointers from top-notch instructors. Lush tropical landscaping surrounds the 7,035 yards of this par-72 course.
The views from the 15th hole are perhaps the best, sweeping right across the Bay of Banderas all the way down to Puerto Vallarta, while the 17th hole stands out for being on a cove where you have to shoot over rocks and sand to an oceanfront green. Club facilities are excellent, offering a bar and restaurant and locker rooms, while the attentive staff is always on hand on the course with all kinds of beverages and snacks and cool scented towels.
The exclusive nature of Punta Mita means it won’t be the cheapest round of golf you’ve ever played, but that same exclusivity at both courses ensures space and tranquility while the different characteristics of these two superb courses allow every level of player to find the game that suits them best. The Pacific coast of Mexico enjoys superb weather and warm temperatures year round, with the winter months being the most comfortable – they are always sunny and dry and have slightly lower temperatures and less humidity.