"You would be hard-pressed to ask for a more beautiful backdrop for a golf course than Punta Mita," remarked designer Jack Nicklaus. "To be given spectacular oceanfront land as a canvas not once, but twice, here at Punta Mita is exciting for a designer and it reflects a commitment from ownership to provide a memorable golf experience. I'm confident people are going to enjoy the challenge and beauty of this golf course, as well as the incredible scenery."
The Pacífico course, with eight holes directly facing or playing alongside the Pacific Ocean, features the famed "Tail of the Whale", an optional par-three hole with the world's largest natural island green.
Natural vegetation, including 26 acres of native grasses, has been preserved in and around the course. While 13 acres are sodded, the remaining area was sprigged using an on-site nursery.Greens are designed to USGA standards, consisting of four inches of gravel and a foot of mixed sand and field moss. Champion-Dwarf Bermuda is used on the greens, with Bermuda T-419 used on the fairways, tees, and in the roughs.
The Bahía, Nicklaus' 2009 follow-up to the Pacifico, features six ocean holes. Stretching 7,035 yards, it's a par-72 course that features Miniverde greens constructed to USGA standards, Bermuda fairways and lush tropical landscaping.
Its layout includes five par 3s, eight par 4s and five par 5s.
The Punta Mita Club de Golf is exclusively for Punta Mita homeowners, those renting a Punta Mita residence, and guests of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. It features well-appointed men's and women's locker rooms, a pro shop and the Tail of the Whale restaurant and bar, serving light fare. The club also has a comprehensive practice facility and can schedule lessons with golf pros. On the course, the club’s staff is readily available to provide anything from a cool scented towel, to cocktails, to a delicious snack or meal.
Developed with careful environmental planning, the golf facility features a maxi four-system computerized weather station to monitor ground moisture, helping to conserve water by irrigating greens and fairways only when needed. Environmentally safe organic fertilizers are used in place of chemicals, employing little or no herbicides or insecticides, with only biodegradable insecticides used on greens bordering the ocean.