Investment Properties Mexico
Toll Free USA/Canada (866) 751-7955
 

Read. Learn. Invest. Grow

USA Today Features Top 9 Places to Golf in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

13 November, 2013

As one of the world’s top vacation destinations,it’s not surprising that Mexico’s Riviera Maya also has some of the best golf courses,nine of which were featured recently by USA Today. Here’ we’ve put together an easy to read guide,including what you need to know about each of these internationally acclaimed courses. And don’t worry – if the whole family isn’t into golf,there are plenty of other activities to keep them entertained,including a variety of ancient Mayan ruins,the world’s second largest barrier reef,jungle adventures,snorkeling,diving,fabulous shopping,world-class cuisine and – of course – fantastic white sand beaches.

The Riviera Maya begins just south of Cancun’s infamous Hotel Zone and continues for more than 80 miles of stunning coastline,including the towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum,as well as the island of Cozumel,which is easily accessible by ferry from the mainland.

Cozumel Country Club

Located just 15 minutes from where the ferry drops visitors off at the pier,the Jack-Nicklaus-designed course at the Cozumel Country Club is one of the area’s most unique. Winding through thick jungle landscapes and mangrove forests,this is Mexico’s first course to receive the distinction of being a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary,which is designed to preserve the lives of native species,including a wide variety of colorful reptiles and birds. In addition,the course features 14 holes with water play. Golfers can enjoy access to pro-quality gear,while other amenities include top-notch instruction from PGA professionals,a clubhouse with restaurant and bar,as well as a pro shop.

For more information
(987) 872 9570

Website
www.cozumelcountryclub.com.mx

Tournament Players Club Cancun

As the only course that is part of the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Club (TPC) network and located outside of the United States,this course boasts substantial bunkering and five sizable lakes. Designed by Nick Price and Tom Fazio,it is known for being highly playable and welcoming to golfers of all skill levels. TPC Cancun is conveniently located close to the city’s Hotel Zone and the region’s international airport. It also features an environmentally friendly design,including a carefully preserved forest and abundant biodiversity. Amenities include pro-quality gear,a golf shop,the largest practice facility in the region and a clubhouse with restaurant and bar.

For more information
(855) 888 9276

Website
www.tpccancun.com.

Riviera Cancun Golf Club

Designed by Jack Nicklaus,the Riviera Cancun has been dubbed “Mexico’s best-kept golf secret” by USA Today,for its high quality design that is available to play for a daily fee. Situated just minutes from the Hotel Zone,this course will eventually serve as the anchor for a new real estate community near Cancun. The design is truly unique and very different from the typical resort courses,with a semi-desert feel,plenty of space between holes and a challenging layout that features smaller,billowing greens that can be tricky to putt. Nestled in the center of one of the area’s most beautiful ecological reserves,the course is also home to a wide variety of native plants and animals,giving golfers the opportunity to experience the region’s legendary natural beauty. Amenities include a luxurious clubhouse,fully stocked pro shop,restaurant and bar,practice facilities and instruction at the on-site Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy.

For more information
(998) 848 7777

Website
www.cancungolf.org/riviera-cancun.php

Iberostar Cancun Golf Club

Located in Cancun’s bustling Hotel Zone at the exclusive 4-Diamond Iberostar Cancun all-inclusive resort,this course is free for guests but is also open to outside play for a daily fee. It boasts a pleasant yet challenging design with plenty of water hazards and bunkering. In addition,the 1,500-year-old Mayan ruins of El Rey (which translates to “King” in English) are visible at the par-sixteenth hole.

For more information
(998) 881 8000

Website
www.iberostar.com.

El Camaleon Golf Club

As the Riviera Maya’s most high profile golf course,El Camaleon is situated near Playa del Carmen and has been called the best in Mexico by golfing professionals worldwide. It also remains the only course to host a yearly PGA Tour event outside of the United States. Held each November,the Mayakoba Classic draws a wide variety of spectators and the world’s top golfers to take on the challenge of this Greg Norman-designed course. With dramatic changes at every hole,the course winds through thick jungle,mangrove forests,rock strewn canyons and the Mexican Caribbean Sea. In addition,a variety of lagoons provide water play on 15 holes,two of which feature natural hazards in the form of cenotes, which are limestone sinkholes that are common throughout the region. Amenities include a full-service pro shop,a restaurant and bar,professional instruction at the Jim McLean Golf School and a clubhouse with showers and lockers.

For more information
(984) 206 3000

Website
www.fairmontgolf.com/mayakoba.

Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club

Located at the massive Iberostar Playa Paraiso all-inclusive resort complex near Playa del Carmen,this course is accessible for a daily fee or to anyone staying at one of the four associated properties,which offer a variety of price points. Designed by PB Dye,the course runs through the tropical jungle and offers golfers a wide variety of challenges,including lakes,rocky areas and other surprising changes in the terrain.

For more information
(984) 877 2800

Website
www.iberostar.com.

Moon Palace Golf Resort

Created to blend in with the natural beauty of the region,this course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and features natural wetlands,a variety of strategically placed bunkers and a signature hole,number 17,which plays downwind and is a 151-yard par 3. In addition,the final holes feature dramatic water hazards and end at the clubhouse. If you choose to stay at the resort,golf villas are available,and there is also a professional golf academy on site to provide instruction.

For more information
(998) 881 6088

Website
www.palaceresorts.com.

Grand Coral Riviera Maya

Situated right next to the coast in Playa del Carmen,this course is easily accessible for anyone living or staying in the city and is actually part of an ongoing real estate development. Designed by Nick Price,it is open to the public and boasts a tropical,well-manicured layout,with several lakes and bunkers. Also,the course was designed with the help of environmental groups and government officials to ensure that it meets or exceeds local and federal requirements for sustainability.

For more information
(984) 109 6020

Website
www.grandcoralrivieramaya.com/golf.

Gran Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an Golf Resort & Spa

This all-inclusive option lies just south of Playa in the eco-chic town of Tulum,which is in the heart of the region’s most rapidly growing area,attracting international travelers,retirees and ex-pats. The property’s new Robert Trent Jones II course can be found at the resort’s Riviera Maya Golf Club and winds through tropical jungle,mangrove forests and a variety of picturesque lagoons. Golf is included in room rates,but the course is also open to outside players for a daily fee. 

For more information
(984) 875 5048

Website
www.rivieramaya-golfclub.com.

Where is your favorite place to golf in Mexico? Share your experience in the comments section below.

Like this story? Like Investment Properties Mexico on Facebook.

Comments