The long-awaited second Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course––Bahia Golf Course––has opened at the Four Seasons Punta Mita near Puerto Vallarta. On a lush peninsula jutting out into Bahia de Banderas, among lakes and numerous water features, the 7,035-yard beauty has skinnier fairways, more bunkers and trickier greens than its celebrated sister course at the resort, the Pacifico Golf Course.
Pacifico is famous for the world’s only natural island green, known to golf fans from around the world as "The Tail of the Whale". Eight of the holes border the Pacific or Bahia de Banderas, with whales often visible offshore from December to April.
A whopping $1,234 resort credit, based on a 5-night stay, is good through January, 2010.
BestGolfResortsofTheWorld.com, Karen Misuraca is a travel and golf writer from the California Wine Country. She follows the little white ball around the world and blogs about International Golf Travel at www.examiner.com.