Mexico’s breath-taking natural beauty and contrasting desert and ocean landscape make it the ideal spot to enjoy some world-class golf under the glorious sunshine. Home to a number of fantastic Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones’ signature designs, many of which enjoy spectacular ocean vistas, Mexico is a surprisingly rich golf destination.
Add in amazing food, a fascinating heritage and a warm year-round climate, it’s no surprise that golfers flock to Mexico every year.
We take a look at the top five golf resorts in Mexico:
This Greg Norman masterpiece plays its way through diverse ecosystems: the tropical Mayan jungle, mangrove wetlands and the beach. El Camaleon Mayakoba is best known as the host of the first PGA Tour event played outside of the USA or Canada, the Mayakoba Golf Classic, which annually draws a world-class field. The imaginative routing features several natural subterranean caves (cenotes), as well as a couple of awe-inspiring par-3’s perched on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Set amid six miles of crystal-clear freshwater canals, the resort boasts four luxurious hotels and private residences.
Once a sleepy fishing village, the world-renowned region of Los Cabos in Baja California is now home to two of Mexico’s most breath-taking courses. The leader in this golf revolution is the phenomenal Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol. Undoubtedly one of Nicklaus’ greatest achievements, the Ocean Course is a must-play for all avid-golfers with a remarkable collection of holes that wind through desert scrub and open up to afford stunning ocean views. A world-class golf experience, the resort also has two elegant hotels in the form of the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar and the Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos to match.
At the southern tip of Baja Sur, you will discover one of the most compelling golf courses on the planet. The most recent of a dozen or so Jack Nicklaus designs in Mexico, Quivira Golf Club is set atop granite cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Like Cabo del Sol, Golf Digest has ranked Quivira as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.
Situated on 1,850 acres of ocean-fronting property, with three miles of pristine beaches, Quivira is much more than a spectacular golf course. Accommodation includes a luxurious oceanfront resort, elegant villas and The Towers at Pacifica, a sophisticated new accommodation which includes private plunge pools, 24-hour butler service and a beachfront restaurant.
Famed for its 27-holes of world-class golf and spectacular ocean views, Palmilla Golf Club is known as the “Grand Dame of Los Cabos golf.” Jack Nicklaus’ first foray into golf design in Latin America, Palmilla continues to rank as one of Mexico’s best courses. Off the course golfers will discover the One & Only Palmilla, a luxurious hotel set in the stunning natural geography of the Baja Peninsula.
Built-in 1956 as a hideaway for the son of the President of Mexico, the resort has drawn plenty of celebrity clientele including John Wayne and President Dwight Eisenhower. With beachfront access to one of the few swimmable beaches in the region, a Michelin-starred chef and Mexico’s most celebrated destination spa, Palmilla really does have it all.
Riviera Maya Golf Club is an impressive new design by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The fairways here were literally carved out of the Mayan jungle, and complete with natural lakes and cenotes, Riviera Maya serves up a golf experience like no other. The resort, which also features a 9-hole par-3 course, has recently been ranked as one of the best resorts in Latin America.
The resort is integrated into Mexico’s Bahía Príncipe complex on the Riviera Maya, one of the most popular and beautiful tourist destinations in Mexico. Guests can experience the intrigue of the Mayan jungle and beachside luxury from the resort’s stunning hotels, which are situated close to the tourist destination of Tulum.
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