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Golfing in Paradise

Golfing in Paradise

11/6/2012

Guest Blog Diaries

Voting early for President Barack Obama by absentee ballot some weeks  ago cleared my calendar for Election Day so I chose to tee it up at  7:30 am on Pacifico, one of the two Nicklaus courses here at the St  Regis Punta Mita Golf and Beach Resort.

The Pacifico course has provided pleasant and challenging rounds since  opening in 1999. Its eight ocean-side holes include the Tail of the  Whale, hole 3B that plays from the water’s edge to a natural island  green. Being able to hit to 3B green depends on the tide.

The par-72 layout offers options with five sets of tees, playing 7,014  yards from the tips (72.7/131) to 4,974-yard (68.1/114) at the forward  tees. It delivers a lovely scenic routing over 200 acres of undulating  terrain with ample fairways and approach shots that will test your  skills. “You would be hard-pressed to ask for a more beautiful  backdrop for a golf course than Punta Mita,” said Jack Nicklaus.

Earlier this week I played Bahia.  It was ready for play in 2008  making Punta Mita, “that much more of a golfer’s destination,” said  director of golf Phillip Ferrari. It includes six ocean holes and  lush, wide and rolling fairways. The larger and more undulating  greens, guarded by deeper and more traps help to make this layout more  challenging than Pacifico.  Bahia meanders near to St. Regis Resort.  Players can choose from four sets of tees- 5,088 yards (70.1/121) to  7,035 yards (74.0/135).

“To be given spectacular oceanfront land as a canvas not once, but  twice, here at Punta Mita is exciting for a designer. I’m confident  people are going to enjoy the challenge and beauty of this golf course  (Bahia), as well as the incredible scenery,” said Nicklaus   The other day I caught up with Lorena Ochoa and husband Andres on  Pacifico and later at the golf club’s Tail of the Whale restaurant.  Both were warm and receptive with an unmistakable clear sense of  being.   They were at the St Regis in an ocean villa to relax, enjoy  the beach with family and tune-up in advance for her tournament, the  2012 Lorena Ochoa Invitational November 8-11 at the Guadalajara  Country Club in Guadalajara, Mexico.  The Mexican born Ochoa played on  the US LPGA tour from 2003-2110, where she won 27 tournaments  including two majors and was the top ranked female golfer in the world  2007-2010.  Ochoa is a Mexican treasure and the best-known golfer from  Mexico.   In 2009 she was married, and in 2010 at 28 she retired from  professional golf.  The tournament in Guadalajara benefits the Lorena  Ochoa Golf Foundation that provides opportunity for children and  adults with family based health, fitness, education and inclusion  programs delivered through golf activities.

It was wonderful to meet Lorena and watch her still beautiful swing  and on target approach shots.  Last month she competed at the LaCoste  Ladies Open of France.  When asked if we’d be seeing more her in LPGA  events she said, “Although I still enjoy playing, especially here at  Punta Mita, I have no plans to return to the tour or competing except  as part of my foundation event.”

-Guillermo

Middle photo L-R: Carl Emberson, GM St Regis; Bill Nestor, Freelance  writer; Lorena Ochoa and husband Andres,

 

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