Golf, Tennis & Pickleball in and around San Pancho
San Pancho boasts its own golf course, Las Huertas (pictured), and it is open for public play. Though just 9 holes, there is a second set of tee boxes, to change up the holes, for those who prefer to play 18 holes. With elevated tee boxes, ponds, stone bridges and gardens, Las Huertas Golf Course is challenging and very beautiful.
Also, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Robert von Hagge and other great Golf Course designers have created a variety of beautiful courses open to the public in nearby Punta de Mita and Puerto Vallarta.
Another of the newer courses in the area is Litibu Golf Club. Located on the coast road between Sayulita and Punta de Mita, Litibu is a championship course, both challenging and very scenic, with several holes right on the coast.
Von Hagge's El Tigre at Paradise Village is the newest offering in Nuevo Vallarta. El Tigre golf course is 7,239 yards, par 72. Built on a flat piece of land that was strongly remodeled including the addition of nine separate bodies of water, is a stone‘s throw from the Pacific Ocean and the Paradise Village Beach Resort and Spa.
Vista Vallarta was opened in April 2001. The first course at Vista Vallarta is a Signature Design by Jack Nicklaus. Since this course is located on the property’s highest elevation, golfers are treated not only to world class golf but also to breathtaking views of Puerto Vallarta, the Marina and Banderas Bay. Grassy hillsides, dense forests of Palm and giant Ficas trees, natural creeks and arroyos provide the perfect setting for this world class course.
Opened on November 1st, 2001, the 2nd course is a Signature Design by Tom Weiskopf that provides Vista Vallarta with a dramatic contrast to its first course. Built on the property's lower west end, golfers won't believe they have simply taken a different turn from the club house. Here the terrain is extreme with dense jungles and swift creeks, and Mr. Weiskopf has done a masterful job of blending the elevations and natural features into an incredible playing experience.
Four Seasons Punta Mita Golf Course opened on September 1, 1999. The Nicklaus-designed course here is set within vistas of white-sand beaches and the Sierra Madre Mountains. Spread over 81 hectares (200 acres), it takes full advantage of its location. Eight holes border either the Pacific Ocean or the Banderas Bay. The green of one truly unique hole is located on a natural island in the ocean. The Punta Mita peninsula’s tropical landscape of palm trees and flowering trees adds to the pleasure of playing this course, which is challenging for experienced golfers yet friendly enough for the beginner.
Marina Vallarta Golf Club is Puerto Vallarta golf at its finest, with lush vegetation, natural lagoons, iguanas, tropical birds and a golf course designed in 1989 by famed architect Joe Finger. Enjoy this year-round, challenging 18 hole, par 71 layout.
Nicklaus' senior designer, Jim Lipe, authored the 6,700-yard Mayan Palace Golf and Tennis Club, just next door to El Tigre. Mayan Palace is a fun, less-challenging course with a robust 580-yard, dogleg-left par-5 No. 13. Another scenic hole is a 180-yard par 3 that plays over a lake to an oceanfront green with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the Bay. Both professional and weekend players will enjoy putting their strategies and skills to the test on this 18 hole, par 71 course.
Los Flamingos Country Club
Just three minutes from Paradise Village is Los Flamingos Country Club. This 18-hole course is located in the countryside with lakes, jungle and countless birds. The course was designed by architect Percy J. Clifford.
Tennis For tennis enthusiasts
Unfortunately the pickings are slim. There is one private tennis court in San Pancho. It belongs to the McCanns and their house, Casa Melissa. However, when the house is vacant, the court is available for hourly rental from 8:00A.M. to 12:00P.M. The court surface is the Australian Grassman product, astroturf and sand. It plays like clay and is easy on the joints. Another plus is that it is ready for play 15 minutes after the rain stops. Click HERE to check availability. There are also courts both at the Mayan Palace Golf Club in Nuevo Vallarta and Los Flamingos Country Club.
Pickleball - the new rage in San Pancho
The newest sport that is the rage in San Pancho is Pickleball. Founded in Washington State some years ago, it has caught fire all over the US and Canada, and you can now find it in many places in Mexico as well. San Pancho offers a court at Entreamigos, and now a new venue at Hacienda San Pancho. Play happens 2-3 times weekly and is very popular and well-attended, particularly with the older set, as the exercise level, though rigorous, is slightly less than that of squash, tennis or racketball. Try your hand at a new form of exercise!