Savvy travelers know that Punta Mita is a wonderfully private world of beauty and luxury. Home to some of the world’s finest resort properties, including the Four Seasons and St. Regis resorts, and a seemingly endless list of premiere amenities and services, it is also famous for its golf.
Bahia Golf at Punta Mita
Perhaps one of the most coveted options for golf at Punta Mita is found on the grounds of the Four Seasons Punta Mita – the Bahia golf course. Designed by the world-famous golf professional, Jack Nicklaus, it stretches out along the coastline and gives stunning views of Bahia de Banderas.
One of two courses on the resort’s grounds, it offers the non-stop scenery, includes water features and even several lakes, and is defined by its lovely rolling greens and fairways. Many players say that it is a good course for those who wish to improve or refine putting techniques specifically because of the undulating nature of the landscape.
When playing golf at Punta Mita, and on the Bahia course, players are advised to enjoy the views close to the famous El Faro surfing area (adjacent to one of the holes) and the downhill approach overlooking the bay.
It is an 18-hole course with a par 72. It has a 74 rating and features more than 7k in yardage. There is a pro shop, driving range and putting green here, too.
Pacifico Gold Golf at Punta Mita
The other famous course found on the grounds of the Four Seasons is the Punta Mita Pacifico course. Also designed by Jack Nicklaus, this 18-hole course is a par 72 with a 72.9 rating and yardage of around 7k. It is incredibly expansive, sprawling over more than 200 acres and offering some of the most stunning views. Players get to wander along the rolling landscape, taking in views of the Sierra Madre Mountains to one side and the famed Riviera Nayarit on the other.
However, the landscaping throughout is also quite remarkable, and emphasizes the tropical setting with stately palms, flowering trees and native species in great abundance. In fact, some areas of growth are dense enough to be considered a bit of a challenge. Another seaside course, it has eight holes that sit directly along the waterfront (either the Bahia de Banderas or the Pacific Ocean) and that means that whale sightings are a common occurrence during annual migrations.
This course is famed for its hole that has garnered the nickname the “Tail of the Whale” as it is the only natural island green in the world. It also has a driving range, pro shop and putting green available.
Enjoying Golf at Punta Mita
The good news is that all travelers to the area are free to book tee times – even if not a guest of the Four Seasons. There are varying fees depending upon the season and taking optional holes or choosing only half the holes alters the basic pricing structure.
If you are eager to try out every course in the area, close to Punta Mita is the Litibu course in Riviera Nayarit. This is not often considered golf at Punta Mita, but it is close by. Designed by Greg Norman, it is a 15-hole, 72 par course with amazing views looking back at Punta Mita.
Whether you visit the area specifically to enjoy days and days of world class golfing along the coast and hills of the Punta Mita peninsula, or you just want a few days of unforgettable golfing experiences, you are going to easily find them here.