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Destination: Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta -- a unique fusion of Mexican fishing village meets glitzy resort destination -- has quickly become a golf boom town. Home to seven courses, some of the world's greatest golf architects have chosen PV as a showcase for their work, including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Robert von Hagge.

Among the newest offerings is von Hagge's El Tigre at Paradise Village. Framed in all directions by the Sierra Madre Mountains, El Tigre is a 7,239-yard, par-72 manufactured golf course. It was built on a flat piece of land, and the von Hagge layout called for a lot of dirt movement and nine separate bodies of water, just a minute away from the Pacific Ocean and Paradise Village Beach Resort and Spa.

Ten minutes from the Puerto Vallarta marina and wedged in the region's breathtaking foothills are the two championship courses of Vista Vallarta. Both the Nicklaus and Weiskopf courses opened in 2001 and have met with almost universal critical acclaim.

The Golden Bear's best offering may be the Punta Mita, where Pebble Beach scenery mixes with turquoise-colored Pacific Ocean golf holes and perfect winter temperatures. Punta Mita is uncrowded and has one of the most spectacular holes in the world: a par 3 of 190 yards that plays to a natural black, lava-rock island.

Marina Vallarta Golf Club is PV golf at its finest, replete with jungle foliage, lagoons, iguanas, tropical birds, and a pretty strong golf course designed by Joe Finger. The course winds its way through countless palm trees and a number of holes feature views of Banderas Bay.

Nicklaus' senior designer, Jim Lipe, authored the 6,700-yard Mayan Palace Golf Club, just next door to El Tigre. Mayan Palace is a fun, less-challenging course with a hefty 580-yard, dogleg-left, par-5 13th hole.

Lodging options in Puerto Vallarta: The Hotel at Paradise Village is Puerto Vallarta's most luxurious offering and is located within minutes of El Tigre, Los Flamingos and Mayan Palace. Mayan architecture awaits you at Paradise Village, a 12-acre peninsula, just on the northern fringe of Puerto Vallarta, in Nuevo Vallarta. The Four Seasons Hotel at Punta Mita is one of the finest luxury hotels in the region, and offers unparalleled access to Nicklaus' Punta Mita golf course. The hotel is located on an exclusive isthmus bordered by miles of pristine beach and turquoise ocean.

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Flamingos Club de Golf
Tee Times
Nuevo Vallarta $31
El Tigre Golf Club
Tee Times
Nuevo Vallarta $135
Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta
Tee Times
Nuevo Vallarta $79
Vista Vallarta Golf Club - The Nicklaus Course
Tee Times
Puerto Vallarta $111
The Greg Norman Signature Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta
Tee Times
Nuevo Vallarta $98
Vista Vallarta Golf Club - The Weiskopf Course Puerto Vallarta $111 - $209
Marina Vallarta Golf Club
Tee Times
Puerto Vallarta $50
Las Huertas Golf & Beach Club San Francisco $420 - $1100
Santa Sofia Estates Country Club Arenal $300
Lagoon Golf Course at Isla Navidad Country Club Barra de Navidad $180
Santa Anita Golf Club Tlajomulco $1400
El Tamarindo Beach & Golf Resort Puerto Vallarta $238
Las Lomas Golf Club Zapopan $102
El Corazon Golf Club El Naranjo N/A
Valle Imperial Golf Club Copalita $600
El Cielo Country Club Guadalajara $1900
Atlas Country Club Guadalajara $1300 - $1730
Pacifico Course at Punta Mita Golf Club Punta Mita $230
Mountain Golf Course at Isla Navidad Country Club Barra de Navidad $180
Santiago Country Club Manazanillo $54
Colima Golf Club Manzanillo $500
Guadalajara Country Club Guadalajara $57 - $75
Rancho Contento Country Club Zapopan $30
Tapalpa Country Club Tapalapa $45
Altozano - El Nuevo Colima Altozano $1420
Las Canadas Country Club Zapopan $700
El Rio Country Club Arenal $150 - $199
Las Hadas Golf & Resort Manazanillo $120
Litibu Golf Course Higuera Blanca $1600 - $2150
Bahia Course at Punta Mita Golf Club Punta Mita $230
Ocean Golf Course at Isla Navidad Country Club Barra de Navidad $180
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