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New courses in Puerto Vallarta

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Norman has two new courses (Litibu and Vidanta) in the Puerto Vallarta area. Has anyone played them?
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  • irvtrainirvtrain Denver, COMembers  1033WRX Points: 122Handicap: .4Posts: 1,033 Platinum Tees
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    I've played the one at Vidanta. It is not included in any of the golf included packages that come with staying there through timeshare etc, so it is an extra $100 and I had the whole course to myself when the resort was 100% full. Anyway, the course is significantly better than any of the other courses I've played in PV. I'll have to check out Litibu next time I'm down there.
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  • irvtrainirvtrain Denver, COMembers  1033WRX Points: 122Handicap: .4Posts: 1,033 Platinum Tees
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    Never played Punta Mita courses. Looking at their website it has a rate for $240 for high season per course. I've only played El Tigre and Vista courses. I really have to check out all these other courses when down there.
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  • Double KDouble K Members  821WRX Points: 96Handicap: 9.2Posts: 821 Golden Tee
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    I've played El Tigre, Vista and Litibu. Litibu is hands down the best of the three. Fantastic layout a couple nice holes along the ocean and great conditions. <br />
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    El Tigre is terrible and a total waste of money. Was in very poor shape when I played. Overpriced too. <br />
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    Vista is good, especially if you can get a golfnow deal. It was much hotter up there as you are a bit further inland. Bring lots of fluid with you.
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    Heading to PV in Feb, friend of mine was able to get the Norman vidanta course included in the package so we're booked in for mon-fri rounds.<br />
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    I've been reading up on it as much as I can, looks impressive at 7300y from the tips and usually quiet by the sounds of it due to the higher price. <br />
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    If anyone has/is playing it, be sure to share your thoughts!
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    My in laws have a place down there and I've yet to go. Sounds like I should take my clubs!
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    Sad to hear about Litibu falling into disrepair. That's a really nice property with tons of potential.
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    Double K wrote:
    Litibu is hands down the best of the three. Fantastic layout a couple nice holes along the ocean and great conditions.<br />
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    How long ago did you play Litibu? Was considering it until RoadKing's update.<br />
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    Anyone know if Flamingo is worth a test drive??
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  • johntchowjohntchow Irvine, CAMembers  130WRX Points: 58Handicap: 10.3Posts: 130 Fairways
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    im headed to punta mita in a couple months and planning to play bahia and pacifico both. will monitor this thread to see what courses are worth playing and venturing off the resort at four seasons.
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    On -, @Roadking2003 said:

    Ninja wrote:


    Double K wrote:

    Litibu is hands down the best of the three. Fantastic layout a couple nice holes along the ocean and great conditions.

    How long ago did you play Litibu? Was considering it until RoadKing's update.

    Anyone know if Flamingo is worth a test drive??

    I played Flamingo three years ago and would not go back.

    Here is how I would rank the PV courses I have played.

    Vista Vallarta - Nicklaus

    Vista Vallarta - Weiskopf

    Vidanta - Norman

    Litibu

    Marina Vallarta

    El Tigre

    Flamingo

    leaving for punta mita in a couple days. going to try to play vista nicklaus and vidante norman while out there. looks like both are on golfnow. planning to play a couple rounds at pacifico and bahia in punta mita also. should be interesting.
    any of you know if the drive from punta mita to PV is around 1 hour? thats what is seems to suggest on google maps.

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    agreed with Roadking. A couple of times we got stuck in traffic near the mall so you may want to add a little more time.

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    just got back from punta mita and compared to the two punta mita courses, Vista Vallarta - Nicklaus and Vidanta - Norman didnt quite meet expectations.
    i got Vista Vallarta on golfnow for $175 at 10:30am but the service was pretty poor, not a single bottled water or even ice in the ice chest when it was 100 degrees out. the carts didnt have GPS either. the fairways were about average and the greens were in recovery. but even if the greens were average, it cant compare to the punta mita courses at the same price range. the track was pretty fun though but definitely not worth $175.
    i got vidanta on golfnow for a hot deal price of $70 and the greens were about average condition but the rest of the course was better than i expected. for the price it was a bargain. you do have to pay the caddie $22 and i included a $5 tip.
    i would say the punta mita courses are a must play.

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    On -, @Roadking2003 said:

    On -, @johntchow said:> i would say the punta mita courses are a must play.

    Yes, but it costs a fortune to play there. You have to stay to play and hotel rooms are $1000+

    i think its cheaper now to stay at the four seasons in punta mita. we got a 1 bedroom suite for $500 a night. i mean it's not cheap by any means, but far less expensive than other four seasons in different locales. other four seasons generally are $1200+ per night for the 1 bedroom suite.
    but yeah i see what you mean, i guess in the future, if youre able to play the punta mita course, i would just adjust expectations when you play the others.
    vista vallarta nicklaus was fun but for $180, geez...
    the downside to the punta mita course was that they are currently putting in a driving range so all they really have is a practice green. but i think the driving range is supposed to be completed later this year.

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    Heading to Puerto Vallarta in March for a week. Looking to play 3 rounds while i am there. Sounds like Punta Mita is the course to play down there. Are the rest about the same? How about Flamingoes?

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    On -, @Miker20890 said:

    Heading to Puerto Vallarta in March for a week. Looking to play 3 rounds while i am there. Sounds like Punta Mita is the course to play down there. Are the rest about the same? How about Flamingoes?

    vista vallarta nicklaus was a fun track, but no way is it worth $180 in my opinion
    better off playing the vidanta courses which you can possibly get a hot deal on golfnow
    i didnt play flamingoes but i drove past it a few times and honestly from the outside the course just looked like a below average muni course. the building looked really run down. i actually thought the place was closed down and out of business.

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    Puerto Vallarta just isn't a golf destination. If you're jonesing for golf while on a vacation, then they have courses to play, but none of the courses are anything worth planning a trip around.

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    Just got back from PV. Only played the Vista Vallarta courses (once each). I really enjoyed both courses. The Weiskopf was really fun and more relaxing to play because the greens were easier to putt. I really liked the Nicklaus course and wish I could've played it once more (stupid family vacation). There is a lot of local knowledge to take in and you really need to know where you need to hit it on the greens so you aren't putting defensive all day. The Nicklaus is easily the more challenging of the two and you need to exercise a fair amount of decision making off the tees or you could hit it in some really bad places. Also greens were tricky. Some were more downhill than I thought and had a few long 2nd putts.

    I ran into a bit of bad luck with the greens. Played Norman on Monday and they were verti-cutting the greens. Not that big a deal as they were doing a really good job although I caught up to the crew on the back and had to wait a bit while they finished the holes. Lost my rhythm and went +3 on 2 easy holes from middle of fairway. Then on Wednesday, they were spiking the greens on the Nicklaus. Got past them on 6-7 and the greens were good from there on. Shot 78 both days so I can't be too unhappy, but multiple green speeds while playing made reading breaks pretty hard. Not complaining as I could have been stuck on the beach with relatives. I could play those several times each if I had a couple of weeks.

    Hotel rate was $159 US and the cab ride was almost $30 return from Neuvo Vallarta area. Not cheap, but not outrageous compared to some places in the Caribbean or Playa del Carman area.

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    Plan on playing both of them in 2 weeks. Any suggestions/recommendations?

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