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A Journey Into Paradise

Golfing in the Riviera Maya

30 July, 2013

Hello to all of my fellow international
travelers. Today’s blog is about Golf,yes I said it -  Golf,the dreadful,frustrating,incapable
game of Golf that the majority of us “try” to play but really we are just out
there for a good time with friends and family.

The avid golfer might disagree with my
remarks above but who are you kidding….only 5% of the golf community shoots
under a 100 and of that 5% only 2% will ever break 80. But that’s not the
point; golf has become a spectator sport as much as an active one. I think you
can all relate,I myself have never legitimately shot under a 90 and to be
quite honest,usually by the back 9 I am over keeping track of my strokes and
am just looking to keep the ball in play and hope that the cute girl in the
beer cart swings by again.

What I am trying to get at here is that
many people see golf as this slow,boring,tedious sport,and as that might be
slightly accurate it’s not the point. Golf is a lifestyle; it is waking up at
the crack of dawn,rolling out of bed,grabbing your beat up golf clubs,and
meeting up with your friends to give it another shot. I swear I say this every
time “Today is going to be the day,I am going to warm up nice,be consistent,
and really concentrate on breaking my best score. Today I am going to play a
great round of golf!!” – yea that usually last until the 5th hole.
If you are a golfer in the 95 percentile like myself then you can relate and
fully understand what I am talking about.

I had first visited the Riviera Maya 8
years ago spending 3 months submersing myself in the culture and surrounding
region. Out of those 3 months I can tell you the last thing I would have said
about the Riviera was that it was synonymous with Golf. When I finally decided
to move back I brought the bare minimum: clothes,scuba diving equipment,and …
well that’s about it. After living here for a few months I noticed an abundance
of golf courses everywhere I went. At first I didn’t take much notice thinking
to myself “Really,how good can the courses be here,this is the Caribbean,
people come here for the beaches not GOLF” As my ignorance subsided,I started
opening my eyes to a whole word of options. 
Take my word for it these aren’t just any courses hacked out of the
dense jungle with a machete by some Joe Schmo. I found myself taking tours of
the surrounding developments and noticed this unique trend that they offered.
They all had “Signature” Golf Courses,not 1 … not 2 … but dozens of them
scattered up and down the Riviera Maya,I was astonished.

Within 10 miles of my home here in the pristine gated
community of Puerto
Aventuras real estate
(which by the way houses a signature golf course)
there are over a dozen signature courses. Below I have listed a few of my
personal favorites:

  1. First up you have the very popular and
    my personal favorite,The El Camaleon championship golf course at the Fairmont
    Mayakoba. It is an18 hole,par 72 course designed by Greg Norman. Also not to
    be overlooked as one of the first courses to be a part of the PGA tournament
    outside of the U.S. From February 19th-25th Mayakoba
    hosts the “Mayakoba Classic” that offers a $3.5 Million purse. I was fortunate
    enough to get tickets to go this year and later had the opportunity to have a
    meet and great with a few of the players. This course was by far the most
    beautiful and well kept course I have had the privilege of playing. There are
    numerous holes over looking the Caribbean Sea with miraculous views. 
  2. Next in line on my list is the Robert
    Trent Jones Jr,18 hole par 72 Championship course. It also features a 9 hole
    Par 27 Executive Course. I am biased on this recommendation because of my love
    for par 3 courses.
  3. Grand Coral Resort and Golf – Grand
    Coral features a 18 hole par 71 course designed by Nick Price. Very nicely laid
    out course with full amenities for the moderately skilled golfer.
  4. Playacar Golf Club and Spa – I had mixed feelings
    about putting this course on my list and especially in my top 5. I still have a
    bitter taste in my mouth from the 132 I shot there a few months back. I have to
    be honest; this was by far the most difficult and challenging course I have
    ever played. To say the least it is still an amazing and even more beautiful
    course at that. The world famous golf course architect Robert Von Hagge
    designed this course. This championship golf course is a par 72 and consists of
    18 holes.
  5. Last but certainly not least is my home turf,the
    Thomas Lehman signature golf course located in Puerto Aventuras. I walk right
    out the back door of my condo and I am on the 4th green. As of right
    now the course is halfway completed: 9 holes/par 36.  Also,if you keep your eyes peeled you might
    have the unique opportunity to see the resident spider money we call “Bruce”
    among other wildlife like packs of Coatimundis and the mysterious Basilisk

I also feel comfortable enough to challenge anyone to a round of golf on
this course,If you can beat me in 18 holes then I will give you a 5% discount
off any condo purchase (all in good fun of course) 

Well I hope you enjoyed this week’s
blog. Remember the Riviera Maya does not only provide some of the best beaches
in the world but also has become a destination for golf enthusiasts alike.