Puerto Vallarta’s Flamingos Golf Club has a course nature lovers will enjoy
Set apart from other golf courses in Mexico by its unspoiled scenic beauty, Flamingos golf course truly inspires. And, this course challenges the pros, develops beginners and trains amateurs with its target-golf style layout of the greens. So, if you’re a beginner, you might need to bring a few extra balls, but your drive accuracy will greatly improve as you play. And, if you’re an expert, you can show off your target-golf precision.
Furthermore, this course was designed by Percy Clifford, the first Mexican citizen ever elected into the ASGCA (American Society of Golf Course Architects). During his highly-successful golf-course architectural career, he designed more than 40 courses. His expertise was honed an extremely successful golfer. To be specific, he won six Mexican Amateurs and three Mexican Open titles. Also, he represented Mexico several times in The Americas Cup competition.
Flamingos is located on Banderas Bay, and is only 20 to 45 minutes from the major hotels of Puerto Vallarta, and is the original golf course that was established in Banderas Bay. Now, read more to discover what makes this tropical location so special, and what makes this golf course stand out for golfers of all skill levels.
It is located on Banderas Bay (aka. Bay of Flags)
Located on the west-central coast of the Mexican Pacific, Banderas Bay is the third-largest bay in Mexico, with an area measuring about 500-square-miles and a coastline measuring about 65-miles long. The blue bay waters create an even more dynamic landscape, being surrounded by a spectacular mountain range as their backdrop.
The horseshoe-shaped Banderas Bay features jagged cliffs and 30 miles of beautiful sandy beaches along its perimeter. So, while golfing at Flamingos, you’ll truly enjoy the panorama of the deep-blue Pacific contrasting against tropical forests of the Sierra Madres mountain backdrop. And, the views of downtown Puerto Vallarta are spectacular. There’s nothing like it anywhere in Mexico.
Many animals and whales can be spotted at Banderas Bay
Another notable aspect of this great bay is that it’s depth makes it a vital breeding ground for humpback-whales, who return annually each winter. Many myths claim that the bay is two miles deep, which it is not, but it does measure 900 meters (or approximately 3,000 feet in depth) at its deepest point near Cabo Corrientes. Nonetheless, this bay is quite a sight, and during winter, golfers can do a bit of whale watching while golfing at Flamingos golf course, Puerto Vallarta.
The outstanding natural beauty and bio-diversity of this course make it a natural habitat for many other types of wild life, as well. For nature lovers and animal enthusiasts there is not another course in the area that offers a better menagerie of animals. Many locals flock to this course for the ability to commune with the indigenous wildlife, which includes many types of tropical birds and sea birds, indigenous crocodiles living in the many water hazards, as well as coatimundis (which are cuddly looking creatures, similar to a Mexican version of large raccoons with long bushy cat-like tails). And one last bit of truly insider knowledge: as the course truly is in the jungle, if you look closely in the bushes on the right dog-leg of the 5th hole, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a rare albino boa constrictor snake that makes this area his home.
More about Flamingos’ course
Built in 1970, Flamingos Golf Club was established as a cornerstone of the Puerto Vallarta resort development. This par-72 course boasts slightly-narrow Bermuda-grass fairways that are carefully laid out on gently sloping terrain. Also, there are nine water hazards and 43 bunkers that protect the approaches into its fairly-fast greens. Therefore, the layout allows you to obtain great results when you plan your game strategy well and play target golf. Then, after you land the ball on the green, just use a smooth stroke with a lighter putter and you’ll make your shot with ease.
Throughout the 18 holes of golf, you’ll enjoy a variety of layout challenges that range in difficulty. In addition, there are many elevation changes throughout the course. These factors make the field suitable for players of all skill levels. Also, at Flamingos Golf Puerto Vallarta, your game will continuously improve since you can expect championship conditions daily and during any time of the year. Another bonus is the friendly staff, whom are helpful, and professional – and they offer great golf tips too!
Making Puerto Vallarta your vacation spot or home
Many Americans, Canadians, and people from other countries choose to make Puerto Vallarta their home or vacation destination. You too can discover how to purchase your dream home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, by inquiring with the top real estate broker in the Puerto Vallarta region, David Pullen.
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