Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Routed in all directions across a narrow neck of land, with portions of five holes on and in one case in the Pacific and an additional three holes skirting Banderas Bay, Punta Mita is a dazzling layout. However, the course is in danger of being eclipsed by its 19th hole. No, its not the post-round watering hole, though it shares the same name Tail of the Whale. 200 yards from shore, an atoll of rock in the shape of a catchers mitt, has become known as 3-B. An optional par three with a 180 yard, into an onshore breeze, carry in the air onto a generous green that beckons from the sea. Landscaped with 1,800 palms and framed by dune-like mounds and vast waste bunkers, Punta Mita, with 5 sets of tees, is a cleverly plotted resort. The lengthy par 3s add muscle, conversely, 4 of the layouts par 5s are risk-reward teasers that average 501 yards from the gold markers.