Descending upon the Bay of Banderas to play golf in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit is a truly unforgettable experience. Bordered by the blue waters of the Mexican Pacific and the lush jungle of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, the area is easily accessible by plane at its centrally located international airport.
The 7 total golf courses in the Bay of Banderas are of international championship quality, and the challenging and breathtakingly beautiful Vista Vallarta courses have been designed by professional golf champions Tom Weiskopf and Jack Nicklaus. The tropical and convenient Marina Vallarta Golf Course was designed by famous American architect Joe Finger.
Various tournaments have been held on the courses in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, such as PGA tournaments, Senior and Juvenile tournaments, the EMC2 Golf World Cup and the annual Vallarta Golf Cup. Lorena Ochoa, the leading female golf champion, also frequents the area, having recently attended the 9th Annual Vallarta Golf Cup in November 2010.
The climate in this paradise makes playing golf possible throughout the year, a supreme plus for the daily life of those fortunate enough to call Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit their home as well as those who are planning to visit. The golf courses also allow players to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, offering stunning ocean and jungle views, deep ravines, rushing streams, stands of exotic trees and fragrant tropical flowers.
To make the most of a golf vacation, Velas Resorts guests enjoy the services of professional golf manager Antonio Palacios, who provides discounts at the best courses, finds partners for players and enrolls them in golf clinics and weekly tournaments. Off the greens, visitors delight in calm, wide sandy beaches, sparkling pools and Jacuzzis, gourmet dining at ocean view restaurants, luxurious spa treatments and superb suites.
Whether planning for a weekend or a week-long getaway, golf vacations are a dream in these internationally-recognized destinations.