Finding the Best Golf in the Mexican Caribbean
45 years ago, Cancún was taking its first steps in the Mexican tourism industry. Twenty years later it was at the top of the food chain and showed no signs of relenting. And it kept growing, and growing toward the south, bringing places like Playa del Carmen and Tulum to the international forefront.
One element that was under-represented: high-quality golf courses. Today you can enjoy over twenty 18-hole courses in the area that stretches from Cancun to Tulum, and with the help of local golfer José Dzib, we highlight some of the area’s stars, along with your home course here in Puerto Aventuras.
Puerto Aventuras Golf and Tennis Club
And just a few minutes from your Villa is your Puerto Aventuras Golf and Tennis Club. This Tom Lehman-designed, 9-hole quick course makes the most of the beautiful natural surroundings you’ll find in Puerto Aventuras. Palms, bougainvilleas, and cenotes (freshwater sinkholes and caverns) all play a part of your time on your home course.
Don’t be surprised if you share the links with your neighbors, namely deer, iguanas and amazing birds of all types. Your course is a well-kept local secret, and you can enjoy it from 7:30 am until dark. Check into afternoon tee times if you want to beat some of the Caribbean heat.
- Designer: Tom Lehman
• Par 36
• Yards: 3255
• Amenities: Caddy service, golf cart rental, pro shop
Tel: (984) 873 5000 (in Mexico), 52 (984) 873 5000 (international)
Ownership Has Its Privileges
Porto Bello Private Residence Club owners can use their member cards to receive special local rates at golf clubs throughout the Riviera Maya. For example, a vacationer might pay $290 US for a round of golf at Mayakoba, while paying only 800 pesos ($62 US) as a local resident. If you enjoy your course at home at Puerto Aventuras, a round that could cost $91 US, would only cost you $35 US.
If you are here even for a month or two out of the year or more, you owe it to yourself to make the most of your investment and enjoy some of the courses and services the area has for you. We will feature future profiles of more golf courses in your area soon, so come back soon.
Mayakoba, El Camaleon
Designed by legendary Greg Norman, the Mayakoba, El Camaleón course is located inside the Mayakoba development, home to luxury hotel properties Banyan Tree, Fairmont and Rosewood. This 18-hole, par 72, 7000-yard course owes its name to the chameleon-like way its wide fairways wiggle through dense tropical foliage, mangroves and breathtaking beachside greens.
The Norman team incorporated underground caverns right into the course (one is right in the center of your first fairway), and the hole that gives the course its name is right alongside the Caribbean Sea. It’s a spectacular place to play and the only course in Mexico that celebrates a FEDEX Cup tournament, and is the only PGA tournament played in the Riviera Maya. The site also features the Jim McClean Golf School, well known in the US as a top-ranked instructional academy.
Location: Km. 298, Federal Highway Chetumal-Cancun, 19.6 miles (31.6 km) from Puerto Aventuras.
- Designer: Greg Norman
• Par 72
• Yards: 7,000
• Rating: 73.8
• Slope: 137
• Amenities: GPS golf carts, bar cart service, driving range, full service pro shop, clubhouse and restaurant, lockers, showers and snack bar.
Tel: (984) 206 3000 (in México). 52 (998) 287 3671 (international)
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Playa Mujeres Golf Club
Out of the way and off the beaten track, the Greg Norman-designed Playa Mujeres Golf Club is a beautiful course to play. Set in the 930-acre Playa Mujeres resort development, the course is placed between the Caribbean Sea and the Chachmochuc Lagoon.
The occasional wayward crocodile has been known to visit the course, along with other assorted bird and wildlife, as you are set in the middle of tropical trees, grasses and sand. Your 16th hole is a stunning par four right near the beach, that while beautiful, can be challenging as you usually play against the wind here.
Location: 7 miles (11.2 km) north of Cancun along Prolongación Bonampak Avenue
- Designer: Greg Norman
• Par 72
• Yards: 7218
• Rating: 74.5
• Slope: 139
• Amenities: golf cart included in green fee, driving range, golf pro, clubhouse, restaurant
Tel: (998) 887–7322, (998) 887 9187 (in Mexico, international calls add country code 52)
Iberostar Playa Paraíso
Designed by PB Dye and located about 30 miles south of Cancun, the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club is a course made especially for golfers looking for a challenge. Narrow fairways and hills and wavy greens will put your golf skills and accuracy to the test.
Beautiful Caribbean seaside vistas, especially at the ninth hole, will reward your excellent play. Several holes take you through dense jungle foliage for a true Caribbean experience.
Your round of golf includes meals and drinks, as the Iberostar is an all-inclusive resort, and service is consistently rated as very good.
Location: Federal Highway Chetumal-Cancun km 309, 27.7 miles (44.6 km) from Puerto Aventuras
- Designer: Paul Burke Dye
• Par 72
• Yards: 6800
• Rating: 72.4
• Slope: 136
• Amenities: all-inclusive food and beverage service, golf carts, driving range
Tel: (984) 877 2847 (in Mexico), 52 (984) 877 2800 (international)
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