Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico: The Norman Signature Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta has been opened.
Vidanta Resorts and Vidanta Golf, a leading developer and golf course operator in Mexico, partnered with Greg Norman Golf Course Design – a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation – to build the championship course.
It joins the renowned Nicklaus Design Course as the destination’s second venue for golf. Open for preview play this summer, the official grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony, clinic and question and answer session with Greg Norman for platinum members of Vidanta Resorts.
Iván Chavez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta, said: “As Mexico’s leading golf course developer, Vidanta is consistently on the forefront of golf development and tourism. We strive to bring the very best in the industry to our guests, which is why we partnered with Greg Norman for the design of this signature course.”
The Norman Signature Course boasts outstanding course conditioning on wall-to-wall Paspalum playing surfaces. The layout winds along the banks of the Ameca River, providing views of the Sierra Madres from every hole.
Generous landing areas give way to large undulating greens protected by cavernous bunkers. Indigenous trees, native grasses and jungle surround the core course layout which is uninterrupted by housing and civilisation throughout.
Playability and enjoyment were key in the design process for this 18-hole, par-73 layout that is as challenging from the championship tees as it is forgiving from the forward tees. All this begins with a trip across the world’s longest golf cart suspension bridge spanning the Ameca River from Nayarit to Jalisco.
Norman said: “When designing this course, respecting and promoting the conservation of ecologically sensitive areas was of primary concern. As a result, routing was dictated by nature, according to dense vegetation corridors, streams and wetlands.
“We really enjoyed working with the Vidanta team on this design, as they know and understand golfers’ needs and expectations for a world-class course. Ultimately both high and low handicappers will really enjoy playing, as it offers the perfect trifecta of beauty, fun and challenge.”
The club is managed by KemperSports.