Many of you have asked questions about the condition of the Nayar Golf course at Nuevo Vallarta. Well, Russ has sent us his review, which we feel is accurate and entertaining.
Enjoy, and thank you Russ.
November 22, 2010
We just returned from a week in Nuevo Vallarta. We stayed in the Luxxe II building.
Here are some of my comments and facts (opinions??) on the golf course
and the Luxxe that you can post if you think there is interest.
The view of the bird sanctuary and the
bay was great and the lights of Puerto Vallarta made for a great view
after the sun went down.
The afternoon sun (which can make the deck very warm) was not a problem on this side of the building.
We played the golf course 6 times (golf is not a sport it is a
disorder). If you do not have the disorder you can stop reading now, but
if you do -- I can feed your addiction.
Currently holes 2-7, 9, and 10-17 are open. Holes 1 and 18 are under
construction and will not be open soon. They were putting in the base
for the greens and finishing the final grade for number 18. No grass
seeding or sodding yet. We were told it would be open in 2-3 months but
I think it will be mid year. Number 8 (the long par 4 in front of the
condos) is currently not being used because it is right along the
construction of holes 18 and 1. They have safety concerns about golf
balls and golfers going into the construction area.
Holes 2-7 are the only ones left from the original design. They are very
forgiving off the tee with the parallel fairways helping your score. Of
course the wall on number 3 (with El Tigre on the other side) did claim
some balls. The greens are fairly flat and were rolling nicely. (watch
the grain in the bermuda)
Holes 10-17 are the new design and are more of a challenge than the
front. The greens have more undulation and being new are harder and
Number 10 (par 4) green is tucked into a hillside and slopes front to
back making in difficult to hold the green. The fairway slopes right to
left and there is a palm tree on the left that I got to know all too
Number 11 is a long par 3 with a difficult green that slopes to the
center from both sides. Which funnels good shot to the center of the
green but makes it difficult to get any chips close to the hole. (I know
this for a fact)
Between 12 (par 4) and 13 (par 4) is a large waste area that tightens the hole and makes approach shots more difficult.
Number 13 is the toughest driving hole on the course with a pond left and the waste area to the right.
14 is a "drivable" short par 4 with a pond down the left side and
numerous sand traps. Laying up here improved my score but lowered my
testosterone levels. If you can hit a controlled draw you could get
there. Many tried -- but no one succeeded. The area by the green is much
narrower than it looks like from the tee. One of those Nicklaus visual
Numbers 15 (par 4) and 16 (par 3) are breathers after 12-14. 16 has a
large green with multiple levels -- being above the hole will make you
want to take more putting lessons.
Number 17 is a par 5 with a pond that wraps around the right side of the
green. The green is 15 feet above the water and drops almost straight
down. Needless to say - miss left --which leaves you a sand shot onto
the green with the pond over the green. Better yet -- hit the green and
make your birdie.
I hope this feeds your addiction.
Thank you Russ. I am sure we all feel much better now.
November 16, 2010
The Nayar course is open and fun. There are a few holes that might challenge the best golfers, but generally, we feel the course is made for enjoyment.
We took a number of photos of the course for your review. They show the open nature of the course. The greens are well maintained. Some may say they are fast. Some may say they are slow. Obviously, the speed is dependent upon the amount of ground moisture at the time of play. But, in general, the greens have some undulations and movement.
We received word today that the estimated opening date for the Nayar Golf Course is July, 2010. Of course, no one knows for sure because there are so many variables that come into play, not the least of which is the land has been a staging area for the last several months.
Jack Niklaus Designs has designed the back nine holes. Photos on the company's website show the current state of the course. As you can imagine, the course is not fully developed nor as beautiful as it will be when completed.
Dale alerted us to the presence of the photos, and Ross sent them over to us to post.
Also, Dale received a photo of the Nayar Golf Course map, which is very telling too. We have other maps that show a similar layout.
Take a look at the photos that appear below and you be the judge.
We hear that the Member rate for the course in its current state is between $50 per round for 18 holes and $130. There may be differences between memberships, but we have not confirmed them yet. Maybe we can get definitive input from viewers who are actually on site.
Carts are included, but a caddy is mandatory, even for 9 holes. Club rental charges are about $35 US per 18 holes and something less for 9.
We would like to post as much factual information as possible, so please do not hold back.
Thanks Dale, Ross and others for contributing.....
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